Coppell Student Media

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Early endings, new beginnings

CHS9 is currently closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and distance learning began on March 23. Freshmen are completing school work online prior to their transition to the Coppell High School campus for the 2020-21 school year. Photo by Shivi Sharma.

Sreeja Mudumby, Staff Writer

May 14, 2020

When the Coppell High School ninth grade campus freshmen walked out of the campus doors, they were ready to finish off the rest of the year before going to the bigger high school with more people, and different experiences.  Little did he know that he just spent his last moments in CHS9.  Due to C...

Stitching for safety

Coppell freshman Jacob Hahm and his brother Connections Academy junior Joshua wear masks and display the Korean symbol of love. Over six weeks, the Hahm family has made and donated more than 2,000 masks to local hospitals to help medical professionals during the coronavirus pandemic.

Shivi Sharma, CHS9 Editor

May 5, 2020

Doctors and nurses treating coronavirus patients across the country are grappling with a severe lack of personal protective equipment (PPE) and many are forced to use the same face masks for multiple days.  For Coppell freshman Jacob Hahm and his family, hearing about the shortages inspired them t...

Kindness drives Cates’ success in theater, Silver Stars

Freshman Grace Cates performs in the Laretties showoff on Feb. 12 in the CHS Arena. Cates balances both Silver Stars and technical theatre at CHS9.

Anvitha Reddy, Staff Writer

May 4, 2020

Teeming with excitement, freshman Grace Cates received special permission from Melva Smith School of Dance in Coppell to join a class at just 2 years old. Twelve years later, Cates is a part of Silver Stars, Coppell High School’s JV drill team, and works as a stage manager for CHS theater. Being able to entertain an audience pushed Cates...

Behind the scenes

CHS9 student Matthew McCann plays Teddy Burns on the CBS sitcom “Man with a Plan” starring “Friends” actor Matt LeBlanc. McCann began acting at age 7 and balances school with filming in Los Angeles.

Alishba Javaid, Staff Writer

May 1, 2020

One week Coppell freshman Matthew McCann is attending school and the next he is filming a CBS show in front of a live studio audience in Los Angeles.  McCann plays the middle child, Teddy Burns, on the sitcom “Man with a Plan” starring Matt LeBlanc who played Joey Tribbiani on the hit show “Friends” from 1994-2004. The show follows Ada...

Sumita’s Got Talent: Bhattacharyya excelling in Kantorei choir as freshman

Freshman Sumita Bhattacharyya (third from the left) stands with the 9/10 Honor Choir in November. Bhattacharyya sings on Kantorei choir at Coppell High School and has an Instagram account dedicated to music (@justsumsinging). Photo courtesy Sumita Bhattacharyya

Victoria Hertel, Staff Writer

April 10, 2020

Freshman Sumita Bhattacharyya’s symphonious relationship with music began when she was just 4, playing the piano at Coppell Conservatory. Over the years, she has picked up a tongue-twisting amount of instruments including the ukulele, violin and clarinet in band at Coppell Middle School North.  Bhatt...

Wang Gang expresses gratitude for GT teacher through celebratory merchandise

CHS9 GT Geometry and Algebra II teacher Michael Wang speaks with parents during the CHS9 Spring Showcase in January. Wang’s 2018-19 students created Wang Gang to celebrate his unique teaching style with merchandise.

Akhila Gunturu, Staff Writer

April 6, 2020

“As the year went on, they’re just like ‘OK, Mr. Wang describes the four transformations as moving it to the left, moving it to the right, moving it to the up, and moving it to the down’,” CHS9 GT Geometry and Algebra II teacher Michael Wang said. “It’s just a bunch of tiny little quirks l...

Chick-fil-A Leader Academy fostering future of leadership

CHS9 students selected as members of the Chick-fil-A Leader Academy pose for a picture after their kick-off meeting on Sept. 26. The Chick-fil-A Leader Academy fosters leadership skills in high school students through Leader Labs and service projects.

Avani Kashyap, Staff Writer

April 3, 2020

The first thought that comes to mind when someone says Chick-fil-A is probably the fast food chain’s famous chicken sandwich or sauce. But few are aware of the Chick-fil-A Foundation and its leadership initiative, the Chick-fil-A Leader Academy. Established in 2018, the Chick-fil-A Leader Academy is the nation’s...

Algebra I Super Teachers receive district recognition for final project

CHS9 Algebra I teachers Lucy Grimmett, William Harrington and Gunjan Jain receive Super Teacher awards from Coppell ISD on Feb. 21 for creating a unique final project for their students. CISD gives out Super Teacher awards three times a year to teachers at each campus who are doing something innovative for their students.

Shivi Sharma, CHS9 Editor

March 12, 2020

Coppell ISD Superintendent Dr. Brad Hunt, CHS9 Principal Cody Koontz and CHS9 assistant principal Nick Coenraad walked into three classrooms clutching plaques to present to deserving teachers on Feb. 21 at CHS9.  Algebra I teachers Lucy Grimmett, Gunjan Jain and William Harrington received CISD Super ...

Ward bringing sparkle to classroom as 2019-20 CHS9 Teacher of the Year

CHS9 GT/Honors English teacher Summer Ward gives feedback to freshman Matthew McCann during her fourth period English I Honors class. Ward is CHS9’s Teacher of the Year for the 2019-20 school year due to her exceptional ability to build relationships with both teachers and students.

Emma Meehan, Staff Writer

March 5, 2020

CHS9 GT/Honors English I teacher Summer Ward is known on her campus for many things, including her bright attitude, compassion, dedication and indescribable ability to connect with students.  Ward’s personable and motivational teaching style was fully recognized when she was chosen as CHS9’s Te...

Wang weaves confidence into artwork, wins regional VASE competition

CHS9 student Jeffrey Wang displays his art in CHS9 art instructor Elsa Reynolds’s class on Feb. 24. Wang qualified for the Visual Arts Scholastic Event (VASE) competition and volunteers to paint sunflowers at The Gatehouse. Photo by Anthony Onalaja

Laasya Achanta, Staff Writer

March 3, 2020

Taking a step back after more than 60 hours of work, CHS9 student Jeffrey Wang breathes a sigh of relief. His piece, “OK, Jose”, qualified for the state Visual Arts Scholastic Event (VASE)  Division 2 competition on Feb. 22.  “I first chose the theme, which was the dilemma high schoolers ar...

Black History Month Q&A: Terrell flipping the stereotypes

Coppell High School and CHS9 athletic trainer and sports medicine instructor Brian Terrell carries equipment to a cart at Buddy Echols Field on Tuesday. Terrell is a trainer at CHS and CHS9 and enjoys helping athletes face and overcome their challenges. Photo by Camila Flores

Joanne Kim, Staff Writer

February 28, 2020

Brian Terrell has worked in Coppell ISD for three years as an athletic trainer and sports medicine instructor for Coppell High School and CHS9. Before he went into athletic training, he worked for eight years as a physical therapy assistant with a background in medical research. Terrell then studied ...

Leveling the marching field

Coppell High School Band members perform at the first home football game of the season against L.D. Bell on Sept. 6. CHS9 student Iniya Nathan thinks marching band should be considered a sport.

Iniya Nathan, Guest Writer

February 25, 2020

Principles of Arts, AV Tech and Communications students at CHS9 have the opportunity to submit content for after an introductory presentation about The Sidekick newspaper. The following is a column by freshman Iniya Nathan.  Is marching band a sport?  It’s a question t...