The student newspaper and broadcast of Cedar Park High School

The Wolfpack

The student newspaper and broadcast of Cedar Park High School

The Wolfpack

The student newspaper and broadcast of Cedar Park High School

The Wolfpack

Kicking the ball down the field, junior Jake Briseno punts to his teammates during their district match on Feb. 9 against Leander. The team battles through the second round to secure a spot in the postseason. The little things we do definitely contribute to the chemistry we have with each other, Briseno said. This year it has been continuing and I think we can go far with how close we are.” Photo by Mai Cachila
Get Your Kicks Up
Penny Moreno, Reporter • February 28, 2024

He looks at the clock and sees...

Setting up for her kick, junior and varsity forward, Meredith Koltz, swings her leg for the goal she is about to score. The varsity team is currently 7-2-1 and plays Buda Hays tonight on the home field at 7:15 p.m. “I think this team is full of amazing individuals who all have the same goal of wanting to compete with the best and play our best soccer,” Koltz said. “I have high expectations for this team and I know with our chemistry and worth ethic we can get just about anything accomplished.” Photo by Caroline Howard
A Prodigy Since Birth
Heidi Williams, Reporter • February 27, 2024

Steam from the players rises up...

Senior Adriana Slack works on her computer in her AP Capstone Research class. Slack’s research project looked into the connection between how K-pop idols and their companies utilize social media accounts to connect with American K-pop fans. “It’s hard to look at two months worth of content on a total of 100 accounts across three social media apps,” Slack said. “I’ve learned that there is a lot of potential for mistakes to be made in the research process. If the variables aren’t clear, or your survey questions are accidentally worded in a guided way, or if the identity of your participants is leaked, it could ruin your research by skewing your data or result in what could be considered an ethical wrongdoing in research.” Photo courtesy of Romy Ford
Searching for an Answer
Kassidy Wilkinson, Reporter • February 27, 2024

The Capstone program involves two...

Senior executive editor Natalie Murray, senior associate editor Lily Cooper and junior designer Ava Eaton all sit in conversation with recent clients. After the completion of the Parks and Trails Foundation logo, representatives visited the T-Wolf Agency to provide thanks for all the work done. “I know how beneficial it is to be able to work with clients,” Murray said. “We had a previous executive editor come back and tell us how good of an opportunity it is to have this agency here especially if you want to go into graphic design after high school. The people she’s in classes with didn’t have any access to the things we do here and theres only one other LISD school that has a class like this. It’s just a really good opportunity to get real world experience especially when we get to work with people outside the school. It’s just so real to get that experience with actual clientele and how things really work in the industry.”
Photo by Paige Hert
Sketch to Screen
Jane Yermakov, Reporter • February 23, 2024

Walking through the halls, climbing...

Posing with the gold ball trophy, the varsity girls basketball team takes a team photo after beating Liberty Hill 42-37 in round three of the playoffs. The team will face Corpus Christi Veterans Memorial High School on Friday at 5:30 p.m in San Antonio. “I’m feeling so excited [to move on in the playoffs],” senior guard Avery Allmer said. “I feel like this is a big moral boost because we’ve lost a lot of close games and I feel like this is just a really big win for us.” Photo by Alyssa Fox
Third Time's a Charm
Alyssa Fox, Reporter • February 21, 2024

The varsity girls basketball team...

Carefully balancing one piece of paper over another, junior Ryder Wilkinson builds a paper tower with his team at the Architecture Club’s second meeting. Ryder said he was interested in architecture in the past, but the Architecture Club allowed him to get back into it and learn new things. “I [won] one of the competitions, the first one that we had,” Wilkinson said. “[In the second competition] we lost [because] we could not build a tall enough tower that could withstand the blow of a powerful fan, [but] I still had fun because I was with my friends.”
Building A Legacy
Kaydence Wilkinson, Reporter • February 21, 2024

After hours of sketching, days...

The rise of Facebook

     Facebook is hard to ignore. It’s grown into one of the world’s most popular websites, with over 600 million users worldwide since its creation in 2004. According to PC World, if Facebook were its own nation, it would be one of the world’s most populated countries right behind China and India.

     On TV commercials and in magazine ads, more and more of your favorite stores and restaurants now urge customers to “find us on Facebook!” or sign up for contests through the website. The benefits are obvious. Facebook not only connects people to friends, it also streams the latest news from favorite artists, TV shows, clothing brands and more on a daily basis right on the homepage. Its rising status has even earned it a feature film which hit theaters this fall. And it all began in a small Harvard dorm room.

     The man who would eventually become a billionaire before age 25 had started Facebook as just a site for Harvard students to connect with fellow classmates. However, Mark Zuckerberg’s site soon expanded and students from other colleges began using it as well.  Gradually it grew stronger in popularity outside of schools and now stands alongside Twitter and MySpace as leading contemporaries in social networking. This staggering site has affected Cedar Park students as well.

     “I started using Facebook about three weeks ago because I needed to communicate with my peers about club information,” Lyndsey Teets, junior, said. “It was suggested to me by a lot of different people because I was hard to get ahold of.”

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     Many students use Facebook to keep in touch with friends and get updates about school and gossip.

     “I think that it’s given people a quick way to spread information and helps get work out quicker,” Teets said.

     With MySpace being the choice venue for aspiring musicians and artists because of its music-hosting ability, Facebook is more user-friendly with simpler formatting and less clutter. Personal info, photos and more are easy to find. What used to be the “Become a fan” button is now just the “Like” feature, so when users “Like” a band or an artist’s official Facebook page, they have subscribed to news updates about new albums, tour photos and more.

     Statistically speaking, November 2007, when MySpace was nearing a definite decline, Facebook was rising in popularity. Students at Cedar Park are now more tech savvy than recent generations, and  can chat, share funny photos, post interesting videos and share life’s moments with each other from across the city. The rise of the Internet in the 90s and technology’s rapid overnight revolution has made these things more accessible to kids than ever before. The average teen spends about three hours a day on the computer alone. With all of the world’s news, music, photos and blogs at their fingertips, it’s hard to imagine living without these luxuries.

     Although Facebook is only one facet of technology and the internet’s global takeover, it’s a huge one. From a Harvard student’s website experiment to one of the biggest pop culture icons of this generation, it has transcended the typical social network and skyrocketed into popularity faster than any of its kind. Whether linking users from Cedar Park to Houston or New York to Tokyo, Facebook has proven itself to be one of the most remarkable sites for connecting with friends, revisiting family, getting the latest news and simply enjoying the things that life has to offer.

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