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Natalia Esquivel
On Sunday, Coppell residents gathered for the annual Holiday House fundraiser, which took place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Coppell High School. Local vendors got the opportunity to sell their products and make memories with the community.

When you walk into Coppell High School’s North Entrance the day of the Holiday House event, you will see a vendor selling cosmetics on your left, and a vendor selling purses on your right. 

As you walk further into the CHS Commons, you are surrounded by the aroma of baked goods, colorful jewelry and clothing, and festive Christmas music playing in the background.

Project Graduation held its 28th annual Holiday House Event on Sunday in the CHS Commons from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. It included numerous vendors from small businesses selling handmade goods to sell to Coppell residents for a $5 admission fee.

The $5 entrance fee goes to Project Graduation to fund senior graduation events.

The event was organized and set up by the CHS PTSO along with volunteers from the National Charity League. Volunteers arrived at 2 p.m. on Saturday to set up booths for the vendors.

“I have a daughter [Mia Hollen] who is a senior this year, and I volunteered because I wanted her and all of the other seniors to have a fun and safe graduation experience at the end of the year,” PTSO member Lisa Hollen said.

Vendors sold handmade goods ranging from jewelry to candles to confections. Many attended Holiday House to sell their products as potential gifts for the holiday season.

“I sell hand poured epoxy resin pieces, so everything is handmade and original,” vendor Jamie Owen said. “I think they make excellent gifts because everyone is looking for that one of a kind gift, and that makes them really good to sell at Holiday House.” 

Many businesses at Holiday House, such as Bound Jewelry Bar LLC, are run by Coppell families.

“My sister, Heather Almanza, and I run this business together, and we are both Coppell Natives, so we thought it would be fun to be part of Holiday House,” vendor Christina Almanza said. 

Attendees noted the comforting holiday feeling, and admired the community aspect it brought to CHS.

“I came here with my mom when I was in high school every year,” Coppell resident Christa Wagner said. “Now it is an annual tradition to come here with my kids to kick off the holiday season.”


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Anvita Bondada, Staff Writer
Anvita Bondada is a junior and a second year staff writer on The Sidekick. She runs a small business selling press-on nails, called Nails by Anvita. Although she grew up in hot, arid Texas her favorite type of weather is rain of all kinds. In her free time, she enjoys shopping for clothes, listening to musicians such as Taylor swift and Gracie Abrams, doing her nails in a variety of styles, and playing with her dog Birkin. She enjoys watching romantic comedies, her favorites are 10 Things I Hate About You, Lala Land, and Easy A. She’s travelled a lot and her favorite location so far has been Venice and she would like to go to Greece if she got the chance.  She speaks Telugu at home and would like to major in marketing.  Anvita loves writing for a variety of sections, including writing opinion columns, reviews on music albums, and feature stories. She would like to expand to movie reviews this year. Over her years of experience on The Sidekick, she has discovered new horizons for writing and design for communication and self expression.  It also gave her a way to connect with Coppell high school and its students.  The Sidekick challenged her to break out and talk to people outside of her social circles. You can contact her at [email protected], or @anvitabondada on Instagram.  
Natalia Esquivel, Staff Photographer
Coppell High School senior Natalia Esquivel grew up around two languages, her first being Spanish.  Born to Janette and Fernando, who were both from Mexico, Esquivel immersed in Spanish early on. She went on to gradually learn both languages through her pre-school and childhood years in school, enhancing their comprehension skills. Now, Esquivel is seventeen and equipped in proficiency in both languages.  Over the summer, Esquivel traveled to Mexico with her family to visit her distant relatives and leisurely sunbathed at Sierra Del Mar beach in Puerto Vallarta.  In contrast to the typical teenage penchant for clutter, Esquivel embraces tidiness, something she inherited from her upbringing. Growing up, an expectation set in her household was to keep things clean and neat, a trait she has kept up with and applied to her routines as years go by. This has allowed her to manage and balance her schoolwork, additional after-school activities and spend quality time with her friends and family.  During her free time, she indulges in retail therapy at NorthPark Center, specifically Lululemon Athletica, Free People and Aerie. She loves having car rides with her friends while blasting tunes from her favorite artists such as Taylor Swift, Brent Faiyaz, Morgan Wallen, Zach Bryan, Steve Lacy, The Cranberries and SZA.  This is Esquivel’s first year as a staff member for The Sidekick. She is fascinated by photography and graphic designing and particularly looks forward to expanding her knowledge on photography and writing techniques. You can reach her through email at [email protected], whether you want to talk about story ideas you have, shared interests or Esquivel herself.

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