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Why Jojo Siwa is a pop icon

With Jojo Siwa’s rise to fame came hate from people saying she should be more mature. The Sidekick staff writer Victoria Hertel explains why Siwa does not deserve the hate.

Victoria Hertel, Staff Writer

May 15, 2020

On May 1 Jojo Siwa (@itsjojosiwa) posted a 15 second TikTok playfully mocking her haters with a comedic audio.  On the screen the words “she needs to grow up”, “she’s older than Charli” (@charlidamelio, 16-year-old with more than 55 million followers, the most popular on the platform), “l...

Finding purpose in my spunk

The Sidekick staff writer Anvitha Reddy enters Mockingbird Elementary school at age 5 on her first day of kindergarten with her brother St. Mark's School of Texas senior Neal Reddy. Anvitha reflects on the lessons she has learned during her 11 years in Coppell ISD.

Anvitha Reddy, Staff Writer

May 15, 2020

The little girl whose innocence was tucked back like her two pigtails is almost unrecognizable to me. Over a decade ago, I stepped into Mockingbird Elementary, and could not have anticipated the incredible lessons that I would learn from that building, or the three other Coppell schools that followed....

A letter to my past self: Life won’t always go to plan – and that’s completely OK

Students entering high school often have ideas about what they desire to do regarding their education in the future, but one's future is never guaranteed. The Sidekick business manager Nishant Medicharla discusses how underclassmen in high school should not be afraid of change and instead learn to embrace it.

Nishant Medicharla, Business Manager

May 15, 2020

Dear me, I know you’re coming into high school with high expectations. I know you’re expecting to stay on the high school’s tennis team for four years while also playing varsity. I know you’re expecting to score a solid 1500 on the SAT. And I know you’re also expecting to get a six-p...

No regrets

The Sidekick executive editor-in-chief Anthony Cesario, executive sports editor Sally Parampottil and executive news editor Pramika Kadari take a selfie at The Sidekick social media manager Anika Arutla and staff writer Sarah Woo’s 18th birthday party on Dec. 7. Cesario and Kadari are graduating this year, while Parampottil still has one year left of high school.

Sally Parampottil, Executive Sports Editor

May 15, 2020

“Moving on”  When I first read the headline last year, I assumed the Coppell volleyball team was overcoming a loss or some other negative event. For some reason, the phrase “moving on” was always shrouded in bittersweetness. It meant facing adversity and progressing past it.  Turns out, the headli...

A letter to the classes behind seniors: Appreciate each year

A letter to the classes behind seniors: Appreciate each year

Editorial Board

May 15, 2020

Sparkling prom dresses with matching bow ties, graduation caps thrown in the air and the best year of high school. These all have come to define senior year, since the days where we were watching High School Musical on Disney Channel, for every class of seniors across the United States.  The class of...

Humans disrupt the stability that Mother Nature created

The Sidekick staff writer Sapna Amin shares her opinion of the effects humans have had on Mother Nature. Amin elaborates on the imminent danger we as a whole are at fault for.

Sapna Amin, Staff Writer

May 15, 2020

In today’s society, ‘you reap what you sow’ is an accurate representation of how we treat Mother Nature. We have planted seeds that are growing in competition with one another and, by effect, they are blocking each other from the light and energy source they need to survive.  No matter how di...

Coppell: Let’s stick together while we’re apart

Texas Governor Greg Abbott is ordering the reopening of selected businesses across the state. The Sidekick staff writer Yasemin Ragland thinks we should move slowly, agreeing with Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins, as coronavirus cases continue to increase.

Yasemin Ragland, Staff Writer

May 14, 2020

Texas Governor Greg Abbott started reopening state restaurants, movie theaters, malls and more beginning on May 1. He thinks that we can both kickstart the economy and continue to be healthy in our everyday lives. Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins wants to “follow the science and stay home.” He...

Mainstream media threatening America’s sense of objectivism

Media bias creates a negative impact on mainstream media by leading their audiences to a certain idea instead of properly stating facts. The Sidekick staff writer Meer Mahfuz explains the importance of being an objective reporter using his experiences and journalism ethics.

Meer Mahfuz, Staff Writer

May 13, 2020

On the morning of May 3, I watched one of the most biased journalistic segments I have ever seen. A 50-second segment of CNN Anchor Don Lemon grilling President Donald Trump on his distaste for former President Barack Obama sent my inner journalist into a flurry of anger and disappointment. Questions such as “Is it because he’s smarter than you?” and “[Is it because he] didn’t need daddy’s help” are clearly unobjecti...

Hidden toll of COVID-19: Mental Health

The onset of COVID-19 has started taking a negative impact on the mental health of many Americans. The Sidekick staff writer Meer Mahfuz explains the emotional toll it has taken on him personally and discusses a silver lining in all of this.

Meer Mahfuz, Staff Writer

May 8, 2020

Every morning I wake up feeling trapped. Every night I go to bed feeling trapped. Trapped inside my house. Trapped in a monotonous routine. Drowning in a pool of never-ending thoughts. Losing my sense of reality. Caged in by the parameters of this global pandemic. Since March. 13, my life has been the exact ...

Think again before purchasing that cheetah print skirt

In an ever growing market, the fashion industry chooses to prioritize sales over climate impact and the wellbeing of many child workers. The Sidekick staff writer Anjali Krishna discusses the ways in which fast fashion contributes to climate change and inhumane working conditions.

Anjali Krishna, Staff Writer

May 6, 2020

My mother likes to tell me that my toxic trait is thinking I have to buy a new outfit for every event. Maybe just this one time, I’ll have to admit she’s correct. Clothes shopping used to be something done occasionally, when the weather changed or when our size did. Somewhat recently though, a...

Coppell Observer: Stranded at home amidst first-world problems

Despite the stay-at-home order ending on April 30, many people are still choosing to stay in quarantine, though its monotony makes it easy to go a little crazy. The Sidekick Entertainment Editor Shravya Mahesh discusses the effect of staying at home on her daily quarantine routine.

Shravya Mahesh, Entertainment Editor

May 5, 2020

Coppell Observer is a humorous column about life as a teenager. Please be warned that any and all sass is due to the writers’ similar situation as teenagers (even though we feel so much older). You, the reader, should not take any of these words seriously. Seriously. If this article makes you laugh, l...

Brandy Melville fueling dangerous American culture of eating disorders

Brandy Melville is an Italian clothing brand that markets their products to teenage girls and young women. The Sidekick staff writer Anjali Krishna shares her opinions on Brandy Melville’s one size only policy and its negative effects on young women.

Anjali Krishna, Staff Writer

April 28, 2020

The ideal Brandy girl is an easily grasped concept. She’s tall, carefree and ultrathin. She fits effortlessly into Brandy Melville’s iconic Tilden pants and plaid skirt sets. She’s happy, fun, amazing and everything you want to be and can.  But only if you’re skinny. Surprise! She’s not real. She...