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SJW2024: Journalism creating avenue for my self-expression

Nrithya Mahesh
Scholastic Journalism Week celebrates the freedom of press and importance of journalism. The Sidekick CHS9 editor Nyah Rama expresses her gratitude for being able to write about unexplored topics and express herself without fear.

As I sit here, in my IB Theory of Knowledge class, my hands are pecking at the keys to string together some kind of poignant sentence. I am reminded of why I decided to join The Sidekick.

When I was 9 years old, I had just seen “Gilmore Girls” for the first time and knew that no matter what, I was going to be a member of my high school newspaper. Once I moved to Coppell, I was eager to find out whether or not there was a high school newspaper.

When I was 11, I finally had my answer. The summer before seventh grade I got the chance to participate in a summer program at Coppell Middle School North and that is when I met The Sidekick adviser, Chase Wofford. 

He told us all about The Sidekick and the work journalists at Coppell High School were doing. I knew at that moment that I was going to be a part of that award-winning newspaper and find a way to leave my mark.

Fast forward five years, here I am, the CHS9 editor of The Sidekick and a stressed junior who has no idea where she wants to go to college. However, I now know exactly what I want to do with my life.

Journalism gives you the opportunity to highlight the things society tends to overlook. My favorite way of doing this has been through personal columns.

Through these columns I have found an avenue of self-expression. Prior to joining The Sidekick I was a very timid person. I kept quiet and never expressed the darker parts of myself out of the fear that I would be judged or that it wouldn’t be relatable.

Now, I don’t think anyone on staff would have guessed that that’s who I used to be. I am known for my loud personality and my passion for The Sidekick

Through journalism I have had the chance to tell countless stories that have shined a light on the less commonly discussed topics. When people tell me that they’ve read my stories, it gives me a feeling of fulfillment.

I am beyond happy that while small, I have had some sort of impact on my peers. I am glad that I have been a source of comfort and someone who they can relate to. It is moments like these that remind me why I love journalism and I could not be more grateful.

All of this, of course, would not be possible without the trust of my editors, adviser and ultimately the fact that even as a high school student, we have the freedom of the press. If I didn’t have this I could not share my personal experiences, challenge authority when necessary or call out the people who deserve it.

Most importantly, I have to thank you, the reader, for giving me the opportunity to make a difference. So, thank you.

Follow Nyah (@nyah_rama) and @CHSCampusNews on X.

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About the Contributors
Nyah Rama, CHS9 Editor
Nyah is a junior and the CHS9 editor for The Sidekick. Although she was inspired by Rory from Gilmore Girls at 9 years old, Nyah’s journey in the school newspaper and journalism started when she won Writer of the Week during a journalism summer camp. Outside of writing for The Sidekick, Nyah is also an editor for the magazine TaHB, which focuses on topics and events in the science and medical field. When not working on a story for The Sidekick, struggling through IB classes, or editing for TaHB magazine, Nyah enjoys critiquing reality TV with her friends over FaceTime, listening to female rap artists such as Cardi B, Saweetie and Latto, and keeping up with her football team, the New York Jets. As a proud New Jerseyan, born and raised for 5 years, Nyah attributes her opinionated personality to her Jersey origin. She loves everything about the American Northeast: people’s aggressive attitudes and aggression, and the busy city lifestyle. To discuss Patrick Mahomes’ football career, share opinions on reality TV characters, or discuss rap culture, you can contact Nyah by email at [email protected] or on Instagram (@nyah_rama).
Nrithya Mahesh, Staff Designer

Nrithya Mahesh is a captivating junior in her second year of The Sidekick with a focus in design. 

With a passion for mystery novels and art, especially realistic drawings and cartoons, Nrithya finds joy in many creative pursuits. Living in Valley Ranch, she has been a student under Coppell ISD since first-grade. As a lover of all things artistic, Nrithya likes chill music and has a love for singer and songwriter, Taylor Swift.

During her time in quarantine she began perfecting her nail art skills, getting exceptionally good at it until it was time to go back to school. She also enjoys the visual delight of webtoons and deeply enjoys the artistry of them. 

Nrithya enjoys watching TV shows such as "Modern Family" and "Arthur," even writing an opinion piece on how PBS Kids is much better than the other cartoon show networks. Nrithya's admiration for The Sidekick, comes from her love to do what she likes - from crafting cartoons, designing, writing and so much more. You can contact her [email protected].

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    Nrithya MaheshFeb 23, 2024 at 4:09 pm

    I don’t know what The Sidekick would be without you and your works. Thank you for choosing journalism!

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      Nyah RamaFeb 27, 2024 at 10:11 am

      Awww thank you Nrithya!!