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October 26, 2023

New Tech reporting for duty with The Newcomer

Ishana Sharma
New Tech High @ Coppell launched its first online news site, The Newcomer, on Feb. 21. NTH@C sophomore Olivia Guerra and freshman Arjun Madhu are the co-editors-in-chief of the program. Photo by Ishana Sharma

It was a seemingly usual December day when New Tech High @ Coppell freshman Arjun Madhu asked fellow freshman Suraj Swaminathan if he wanted to start a news site for their high school. Only a couple months later, Madhu found himself two new titles: founder and co-editor-in-chief of The Newcomer.

New Tech High @ Coppell launched The Newcomer online on Feb. 21. The site, run by The Newcomer Club, focuses on highlighting the diverse talent of the school.

“We have a really cool and unique student body,” co-editor-in-chief sophomore Olivia Noelle Guerra said. “The Newcomer is to highlight the accomplishments, the ideas and the creativity that goes on behind the scenes that people don’t know about. I know sometimes you put in so much hard work and it just feels like no one notices or knows that it was you, so the goal is to be able to highlight that.”

Madhu went to New Tech graphic design facilitator and now advisor of The Newcomer Manuel Vasquez to start a news site. Little did he know that in just this school year, Vasquez had been asked two times already, one of those by Guerra. And for all of those times, he said no, concerned his background in radio and TV broadcast would not be sufficient for a news site.

But something was different this last time.

“If three people approach you for the same thing, then you need to take it a little bit more seriously,” Vasquez said. “If three people are wanting it, then I wanted to know if more people wanted to be a part of it. It’s three different kids, three different ties and three different stories.”

After the proposal was accepted, Madhu worked on recruiting staff members, bringing Guerra on board. After a month of creating stories in their free time and preparing the website, The Newcomer launched in February for the general public with a total of 12 staff members.

Armed with writers, photographers, graphic designers and even a marketing officer, The Newcomer dabbles in all sorts of journalistic aspects.

“It’s really about expressing ourselves and being able to tell our story and tell others about what we’re interested in,” Madhu said. “For the community, they can learn about New Tech because most people don’t really know much about it.”

New Tech being its own campus and separated from Coppell High School, the student body’s perspective is not often highlighted through media.

“For me it was like, maybe we could do this because CHS students are sharing their stories through The Sidekick and KCBY-TV and the other outlets the district provides, but they’re the ones living it on their campus,” Vasquez said. “There’s a difference whenever you’re telling your own story.”

This being their first year, there’s nowhere to go but up for The Newcomer in the future.

“I just want it to grow,” Guerra said. “I want more people to read it and more people to be interested in it. Hopefully our staff will grow next year so we have people who are interested in all sorts of things to write about.”

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Nrithya Mahesh
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].

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.

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