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Coppell’s blooming business scene: present condition, tackling COVID-19 and future ambitions

Coppell has made a name for itself in the local business scene, with a growing business economy and pro-business attitude. The city government hopes to continue attracting businesses and building its image.

Akif Abidi, Staff Writer

May 15, 2020

Coppell is a prime example of the tremendous growth North Texas cities have been experiencing the past few decades-- booming from approximately 16,000 residents to 42,000 residents in the last 30 years. As Coppell’s population boomed, so did its business sector. Coppell held approximately 2 million squ...

To hook ‘em or to gig ‘em

On March 26 at Grapevine Springs Park, Coppell High School senior Leo Swaldi, who is attending A&M this fall, takes a photo with CHS senior Rushil Nakkana, who is attending UT Austin. With the rise in competitiveness of acceptances, CHS students’ have increased flexibility in which of the two colleges they apply to and are less bound by family traditions.

Victoria Hertel, Staff Writer

May 7, 2020

After decades of devotion to college tradition in the footsteps of relatives or friends, Coppell students have increased flexibility in which Texas colleges they apply to because of rising competitiveness in acceptance. The University of Texas at Austin and Texas A&M University are among the most pop...

Keeping your distance

Due to COVID-19, events such as Prom, concerts and sporting events were cancelled. On March 21, Dallas County mandated that only essential services are to remain open as per social distancing measures.

Shivi Sharma, CHS9 Editor

April 17, 2020

At 11 a.m., Kelly's Texican Grill owner Lawrence Kelly pushes open his restaurant’s door, his footsteps breaking the silence that surrounds the unmoved chairs and tables. Sunlight seeps through the windows of the Sandy Lake Road restaurant, falling on empty delivery containers rather than the laug...

V is for vegan

Coppell High School senior CJ Konwe eats a meatless burger. Veganism/plant-based eating is becoming more popular due to a changing culture and increased dining options.

Shreya Beldona, Staff Writer

April 3, 2020

It is the little asterisk, the green leaf, the “v,” the check mark to look for. It is a symbol of inclusivity, a respite from the alienation faced when going out. It is what plant-based eaters/vegans and vegetarians look for with hope that suitable options exist when eating in a restaurant. Vega...

Next generation of artists flourishing through evolving visual design fields

Digital design programs such as Adobe Photoshop can be used to recreate physical pieces of art, including this mural in Downtown Carrollton depicting the Plaza Arts Center. Digital art has become a more popular medium in the art world throughout the last few decades, creating a new platform for artists.

Shravya Mahesh, Entertainment Editor

March 1, 2020

Bold strokes of vivid color. Clean, orderly lines sweeping from top to bottom. A cursor tracing the edges of an object. A screen, a mouse and a hand. This is the modern reality of art.  In a rapidly changing society entranced by technology, art has transformed into a digitized hybrid “that enc...

Venturing into the era of artificial intelligence: humanity’s doom or greatest ally? (Part 1)

Artificial intelligence is one of the fastest growing technologies in today’s age. As it progresses, more debates have arisen concerning the safety and true potential of AI. Graphic by Cristina Gomez.

Akif Abidi, Staff Writer

February 1, 2020

  From portable virtual reality headsets to self-landing space rockets, new technological advancements are popping up right and left in today’s age. However, among the expanding sea of innovation, the one technology that will most likely influence the future is artificial intelligence (AI). AI, define...

Venturing into the era of artificial intelligence: the other side of the coin (Parts 2, 3, 4)

Artificial intelligence is one of the most up-and-coming technologies of the decade. The Sidekick staff writer Akif Abidi shares his thoughts about the future of AI becoming humanity’s next big invention.

Akif Abidi, Staff Writer

February 1, 2020

  This is part of a four-part news feature package. Click here to read part one.   Though the idea of an AI-driven car is often criticized, it's hard to ignore that 95 percent of automobile accidents (which are one of the leading causes of injuries in the United States) happen due to human error. However, there are no opportunities for a computer to be distract...

Coloring in the lines

Sports such as softball, cross country, soccer, swimming and football all have races that are stereotyped as participants. These racial patterns can be seen both on a professional and high school level.

Sally Parampottil, Executive Sports Editor

January 2, 2020

Throughout the world, about 200 sports are internationally recognized. In total, there are an estimated 800 sports throughout the world, including regional and specialized sports. Just as those smaller-scale sports are associated with a specific region, ethnic group, race or nationality, larger sports...

Electing the decade’s first president

Candidates Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders are campaigning for the 2020 Democratic primaries. Issues including college debt forgiveness, climate change and abortion are of central discussion. Photos courtesy and Flickr.

Nicolas Reyes, Staff Writer

December 5, 2019

Only about 1% of the American population lives in the little midwestern state. Its rolling waves of maize largely shy away from the cameras. But once every four years, a media army sets up base in Iowa. They stalk the candidates, ready to capture their every move (Mayor Bill De Blasio’s ability to eat a...

Howdy, dude: Californians migrating east to affordable opportunities of the Lone Star State

Coppell High School IB teacher Jared Stansel displays his feelings toward the migration of Californians to Texas with a sticker on his truck. Many people have moved in search of better job opportunities and a higher quality of life.

Shreya Beldona, Staff Writer

November 22, 2019

Don’t California my Texas. The bold statement aimed at the increasing rates of Californian migration to Texas seems to refer to one issue — red versus blue. However, the issue and tensions spawn from much more than political ideals.  Searching up “San Francisco” yields beautiful images ...

Teenagers developing unconventional businesses

Coppell High School senior Ana Hinojos represents teens using technology and social media to earn money. Many teenagers at CHS are developing their own businesses through technology and social media.

Shivi Sharma, CHS9 Editor

November 1, 2019

The new workforce  Coppell High School junior Vijay Sridharan carefully unscrews the screen of an iPhone and assesses the damage inside. He deftly replaces the camera module and uses a small screwdriver to tighten the new part in place.  For Sridharan, a phone and its spare parts are the only things he needs to do his job. He e...

60 years: More than half a century of growth and development of a cutting-edge district

In 1928, the first official Coppell school, Coppell Grade School, was built. This laid a foundation for the independent school district to be formed in 1959. Photo courtesy Coppell Historical Society.

Nicholas Pranske, Executive Copy and Design Editor

October 1, 2019

In 1928, three schools, all within 10 miles of each other, combined into one Coppell Grade School. The seven-room school building housed grades one through eight and remained as such for nearly four decades. In 1959, 31 years after the construction of Coppell Grade School and 89 years after the constr...