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The student newspaper and broadcast of Cedar Park High School

The Wolfpack

The student newspaper and broadcast of Cedar Park High School

The Wolfpack

After running 5 kilometers, senior Sanil Desai finishes his cross country race at Vista Ridge. Desai will be attending Brown University in the fall to pursue an education in medicine. “The feeling of finishing a race is so rewarding,” Desai said. “Being involved in a variety of extracurriculars has taught me how to balance my time and be well rounded. These activities have also allowed me to be involved in my interests and the school.
Photo by Mai Cachila
Time to Scrub in
Mai Cachila, Reporter • May 24, 2024

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Crossing her fingers tightly, senior Sophie Triche smiles proudly for her senior photo. Triche plans to attend Kilgore college and is hopeful to continue high kicking with the Rangerettes in the fall. “When I first saw the Rangerettes, I was enamored by how professional they were,” Triche said. “It made me absolutely fall in love with them and everything they do. I knew I wanted to dance after high school and the Rangerettes to me, feels like home. I could not be more excited when I made the official decision to try out and let my friends and family know that I was committed to be a hopeful for such a world renowned dance team.” Photo Courtesy of Sophie Triche
Kicking into History
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Instructing his students, tennis coach Randy Ballenger gives feedback on the dish in front of them. Ballenger has been teaching at Cedar Park for 19 years and just took on the introduction to culinary course this school year. “For the most part its been just a unique amazing work,” Ballenger said. “It’s the community that keeps me here, the people that I work with and just the encompassing school. Its just an amazing place and Im definitely rooted here for a while.”
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Much More than a Coach
Mai Cachila, Reporter • May 23, 2024

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Standing with his guitar during Garage Band practice, senior Trevor Von Wupperfeld smiles for the camera. Von Wupperfeld was a founding member of the club, along with a long line of other activities at Cedar Park that earned him the title of Most Involved. “All of the music programs at our school are very, very dedicated, Von Wupperfeld said. Its kind of an all or nothing type of deal. And I am not a big fan of the all or nothing. So I kinda found a garage band to house all of the musicians who didnt have a place in the school or people who didnt have a traditional instrument they played. We take guitarists and basses and all kinds of stuff.  Photo Courtesy of Trevor Von Wupperfeld
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Arav Neroth, Guest Reporter • May 23, 2024

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Holding her debut novel Lorida, senior Lilly Stone poses with her self-published novel for her senior photos. Stone said that she is optimistic about what her future holds in the literary world, and is proud of how far she has come despite the odds. “It doesnt take a special skill set to write a book, and you don’t have to be anyone special to do it,” Stone said. “If you have the drive and motivation, you have to just keep pushing yourself to write even when you don’t feel like it, because, in the end, you will be proud of what you’ve accomplished.” Courtesy of Lilly Stone
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Gaby Coutts, Guest Reporter • May 23, 2024

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Waterloo swim instructor, Emler swim instructor, and Camp Hope leader are just some of the jobs available for students over the summer. Junior Clara Rabago will be working as a small group leader at Camp Hope for two weeks over the summer where she will be taking care of the children there and participating in activities such as church services, games, art, and science. “I’m excited to have my own kids this year,” Rabago said. “I like seeing how a kid will come in and be super shy, but then they come out all being friends. They’re so happy and energetic and it’s just cool to see how much these kids grow within a week.”
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Kaydence Wilkinson, Reporter • May 23, 2024

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Student Cars Stolen, How To Keep Yours Safe
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Posing next to her 2015 Hyundai Sonata, junior and Celebrities Dance Team Second Lieutenant Sophie Poulsen holds up her license. Poulsen’s car was stolen on Aug. 28 from the school parking lot, and was missing for a day before police recovered it. “I was shocked,” Poulsen said. “I never expected, especially in Cedar Park, for my car to get stolen. I still don’t know who [stole my car], but I wish I knew. I don’t think the cops are going to figure it out, because there’s no point. It already happened. We’re probably never going to know. I feel like it was a student, but who knows? [Nevertheless], Cedar Park is not that [kind of place].”

Students safely leaving their cars unattended in the school parking lot during the school day has not been an issue in recent years. However, with two stolen car cases on record this year in the span of only a little over a month of school, students are beginning to worry about vehicle safety and how to keep their personal possessions secure.

The first car theft this school year left junior Sophie Poulsen without her car for nearly a month due to repairs. Her 2015 Hyundai Sonata was stolen on Aug. 28, two weeks after school started.

“It was seven in the morning,” Poulsen said. “I parked in the school parking lot, went inside [the school], and had my regular school day. At around 3:45-ish I walked out to go to my car, and it was not in its spot.”

After searching the parking lot for the car with her friends, Poulsen went to the front office and filed a police report with the help of a counselor after calling her parents.

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“[My parents] were just shocked,” Poulsen said. “When I told them, my mom was like ‘check again.’ She didn’t even believe me. [My dad and I] talked [to the police] about when my car went missing and what happened, and they got my license registration, [too]. The [counselor said a car theft on campus] had never happened before.”

Poulsen’s car was gone overnight, but the next day, someone called the police department from a nearby neighborhood and reported seeing an abandoned car with a broken window. The police identified it as Poulsen’s, and were able to return it to her that night.

“[My car] had a broken window and a broken steering wheel column,” Poulsen said. “My car was not unlocked, [so the thief] broke in through the window, took out the steering column and hot-wired the car, and then used it. [The only thing] they stole [was] my license. Everything else was in place, which was so weird to me. They stole my license, took my car for a ride, and that’s it.”

Until she was able to get another license at the DMV on Monday, Poulsen had to catch rides with friends and her parents to school and other activities. When she gets her car back from an auto shop after it is done getting repaired, Poulsen will be putting an AirTag in her car, as well as installing a DashCam.

“DashCams are helpful if they are working,” Officer Steph Cash, the school’s resource officer, said. “[The police] have used them before and they’ve been helpful. I’ve never seen somebody try to use an AirTag yet. I don’t know very much about it, but it sounds like it would be helpful.”

Poulsen posted a video to her Instagram account after her car was stolen.

If there is a theft on campus or any other security issue, Officer Cash is the person students reach out to for help. Cash works with the local police department to file reports and notify other police officers of school incidents.

“At the school, no, [a stolen car is not common],” Officer Cash said. “It does happen in the community sometimes, unfortunately, but at the school it’s not a normal thing at all. [To avoid getting your belongings stolen], keep your car locked and your keys on you or locked away somewhere. Don’t leave anything valuable in plain sight, like wallets, purses, credit cards. Anything that would make someone enticed to break into [your car].”

Since her car was locked when it was stolen, Poulsen has her own advice for students, besides keeping car doors locked and valuables out of sight.

“Definitely get an AirTag or get some kind of tracker for your car,” Poulsen said “Lock your doors, I feel like that’s it. My car was locked, and they broke in. Try to get a newer car, too, because they have good [safety] features.”

Poulsen’s parents had their car stolen in downtown Austin years ago, but other than that she said she doesn’t know of anyone else who has had experience with a car theft in the area.

“I was shocked,” Poulsen said. “I never expected, especially in Cedar Park, for my car to get stolen. I still don’t know who [stole my car], but I wish I knew. I don’t think the cops are going to figure it out, because there’s no point. It already happened. We’re probably never going to know. I feel like it was a student, but who knows? [Nevertheless], Cedar Park is not that [kind of place].”

The second car theft involved senior Riley Corson’s Mercedes, which was stolen on Sept. 13, resulting in a police car chase with helicopters during Meet the Timberwolves. Corson had left her keys in the weight room while she practiced for cross country and had them stolen. Learn more about that car theft from The Wolfcast here.

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About the Contributor
Kacey Miller
Kacey Miller, Editor-in-Chief
Kacey is a junior and third year reporter. She loves learning about her fellow students and writing about their stories. In addition to being a staff member for The Wolfpack, she is a UIL journalism competitor, the Cedar Park FFA Vice President and has a show lamb named Winnie. If she’s not at the barn or practicing for her FFA contests, she’s probably doing homework. You can find her at every football game, either in the stands or on the sidelines taking pictures. Some of her favorite memories are from reading the Bible with her little sisters. She plans to attend college somewhere cold, but also doesn’t want to be too far away from her family. Her favorite animal is a bear and sometimes she wishes she could hibernate like one.

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    Alyssa FoxOct 5, 2023 at 9:03 am

    KACEY YOU ARE SO TALENTED YOUR FUTURE IN INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM IS SO BRIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!