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October 26, 2023

Sampath wins third place, making Coppell DECA history

Sabah Uddin
Yuvan Sampath placed third at the 2024 International Career Development Conference on April 30 in Anaheim, Calif. This is the first time that Coppell has had a DECA glass trophy winner.

On Tuesday at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California, the top 10 DECA International Career Development Conference finalists waited with baited breath on stage, all wondering the same thing: would they be one of the top three winners?

Coppell High School sophomore Yuvan Sampath was one of these finalists who secured a place in the top three, winning third place.

“It was a surreal experience,” Sampath said. “I already could not believe I was up on that stage as a top ten finalist in the first place. Then I heard my name being called and my hands instinctively shot up to my head.”

This is the first time that Coppell has had a DECA International Career Development Conference glass trophy winner.

“The best part of it was seeing the rest of the students’ reactions,” DECA advisor Richard Chamberlain said. “They were so excited for [Sampath] and so excited for the chapter.”

The first time Coppell had finalists in the top 10 was in 2016, and has grown significantly over these past eight years, with the achievement of the glass trophy being the latest highlight for the chapter.

“I think it is very exciting and it is definitely a monumental moment in Coppell DECA history,” junior DECA president Yashitha Chunduru said.

Winning a glass trophy has been one of the chapter’s goals for several years now.

“Mr. Chamberlain is such a great advisor and in all of his years of teaching, his one goal has been to get one of his students to win glass, and me being able to do that for him is such a great feeling,” Sampath said.

Sampath’s event was a solo role play event. This begins with a 100-question test, followed by the main role play event. The person gets a random prompt with a performance indicator as well as a situation, which is the person’s character and their judge who they will be presenting to. They then get 10 minutes to memorize the prompt and prepare notes and visuals to present to the judge.

“It is a very high pressure situation for this event, and I think I just work well under high pressure situations,” Sampath said.

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Ishana Sharma
Ishana Sharma, Staff Writer
Ishana is a junior and second-year staff writer for The Sidekick. She was born in Bangalore, India. In her free time she enjoys reading, baking, watching TV shows and hanging out with friends and family. She has been playing the piano since she was seven. She has a mixed breed dog named Snowie who was adopted in 2017. Her way to de-stress is by going on long walks with her dog while listening to music. Her favorite TV shows are Friends and Outer Banks. She could read and re-read the Harry Potter book series and never gets bored of it because it is an escape from reality, and prefers the books over the movies any day. Her favorite drink is iced coffee, and her favorite foods are Thai food, tacos and anything chocolate. Her favorite candies are Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and Twix. She would go to the beach everyday if she could because she finds the ocean waves calming and peaceful. You can reach out to her through her email at [email protected] or on Instagram at @.ishana_sharma.
Sabah Uddin
Sabah Uddin, Staff Writer
Sabah Uddin is a junior and first year staffer for The Sidekick. She joined The Sidekick since she is newer to the district and wanted to find out more about what is happening in the Coppell community.  Sabah is a big fan of organization. She has ten detailed pinterest boards and at least five meticulous spotify playlists (one for each year as well as two different kinds of study music). In her free time she likes reading fantasy books, traveling and eating her favorite candy, sour patch kids. She will hopefully be getting her license in September (although she still struggles with parallel parking). Outside of The Sidekick, Sabah is a member of and competitor for the CHS DECA chapter. She also volunteers at the Islamic Center and works at Gideon Learning Center. She hopes to pursue a business related career since she sees many opportunities in the field. You can contact Sabah through email at [email protected] or on instagram @sabahhh.u

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