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People often make wrong assumptions about autism and the individuals on the spectrum. The Sidekick staff writer Yasemin Ragland explains that the common image of autism does not line up with the reality of the disability. Graphic by Noor Fatima

Understanding autism through the eyes of a high school senior

Yasemin Ragland, Staff writer May 13, 2022

by Yasemin Ragland I’ve always been somewhat socially withdrawn since I was a child. For the first nine years of my life, I struggled with understanding why I am the way I am.  Once in elementary...

High school can feel like a time where one needs to accomplish every task possible. The Sidekick executive editorial page editor Sreeja Mudumby thinks being selective about what one puts their time into will result in a successful high school experience.

One last time, for myself and for you

Sreeja Mudumby, Executive Editorial Page Editor May 13, 2022

Dear almost ex-peers,  This is my last time ever writing for The Sidekick.  After three years of being on this staff, I can gratefully say I have had experiences in this program that I will never...

Being sensitive, or “wearing your heart on your sleeve” is often viewed in a negative light. The Sidekick staff writer Maya Palavali shares the importance of freely expressing your emotions.

Wearing your heart on your sleeve

Maya Palavali, Staff Writer April 25, 2022

One fun fact about me is that I am a sucker for romance novels. Something about finding the love of your life through a whirlwind of events has always been appealing to me. By the end of each story,...

Anxiety disorders are often generalized simply as stress, when the two are actually very different from each other. The Sidekick advertising/communications manager Manasa Mohan explains why people shouldn’t lean into the stigma surrounding mental health disorders and how harmful it can be to those with them.

Please don’t tell me to calm down

Manasa Mohan, Advertising/Circulation Manager April 22, 2022

Fear.  Restlessness.  These are normal feelings that most people experience throughout their life. But for me, those feelings don’t occur every once in a while.  Ironically, those feelings...

Imposter syndrome runs rampant in Coppell, leaving individuals with a sense of unworthiness and making it difficult for them to accept their accomplishments. The Sidekick staff writer Shrayes Gunna explores how he feels about imposter syndrome as an artist and how to cope with it.

Take off your mask: Imposter Syndrome does not define you

Shrayes Gunna, Staff Writer April 8, 2022

My favorite artwork is “Ophelia” by Sir John Everett Millais, a vivid depiction of a ginger woman sinking in all her elegance. Her hand lightly clutches deliberately painted flowers. Her flowing...

The Sidekick staff designer Noor Fatima considers Jane Goodall, an English primatologist and anthropologist, as the woman who made her. Fatima thinkst Goodall’s research of wild chimpanzees has impacted her outlook on nature since childhood.

The Woman Who Made Me: Goodall captures hearts of young girls with power of chimpanzees

Noor Fatima, Staff Designer March 22, 2022

When I was in second grade, I read a certain book from the classroom bookshelf. It was part of The Magic Treehouse Fact Tracker series. It was called Pandas and Other Endangered Species In this book,...

The Sidekick staff writer Shrayes Gunna regards his mother as the person who shaped him. She influenced Gunna’s choice in female role models, who hold the qualities that he admires in his mother.

The Woman Who Made Me: Memories of my mother paralleled in role models

Shrayes Gunna, Staff Writer March 16, 2022

My mother is Hindu but every night before dinner she prays to Jesus Christ. I’ve never fully comprehended this paradoxical aspect of her identity, but I’ve accepted it as one of her fatal flaws. She...

Escapism is a diversion from unpleasant aspects of life, but it is normally seen in a negative light. The Sidekick staff writer Havish Premkumar explains why escapism can be a beneficial coping mechanism for teens.

Wanna get away? Mental escapes leading to happier, successful students

Havish Premkumar, Staff Writer February 28, 2022

Stress is a guaranteed foe to succumb to, especially when in the midst of the teenage years. Which consists of the sheer volume of homework assignments that ignites, to extracurricular activities ensuing...

The Sidekick daily news/assignment editor Anjali Vishwananth reports from the Aug. 24 Coppell City Council meeting at Town Center. In the spirit of Scholastic Journalism Week, Vishwanath appreciates the opportunity to cover countless meetings as preparation for a future career in policy.

#SJW2022: The oddest staffer you ever did see

Anjali Vishwanath, Daily News/Assignment Editor February 25, 2022

My job responsibilities on The Sidekick are as follows: Anjali Vishwanath, daily news and assignment editor, City of Coppell and Coppell ISD Beat writer. The latter two are the reason I applied for...

Scholastic Journalism Week is Feb. 21-25  to celebrate student media programs across the country. The Sidekick staff writer Maya Palavali shares how being part of the newspaper program has offered a platform, welcoming community and fostered a passion for journalism.

#SJW2022: How writing helped me find a community

Maya Palavali, Staff Writer February 25, 2022

If you were to tell me a year ago that I would spend my free time throughout the next school year hunched over an iPad frantically typing out news, I would have laughed in your face.  But, here we...

Scholastic Journalism Week is a yearly celebration of student reporting, held from Feb. 21-25 with the theme of amplifying voices. In the spirit of #SJW, The Sidekick adviser Chase Wofford thinks that true adrenaline rush in the D115 newsroom comes from the urgency of reporting and deadlines.

#SJW2022: Adrenaline rush of deadlines encompasses spirit of top scholastic journalists

Chase Wofford, The Sidekick adviser February 24, 2022

Deadlines make a newsroom. And news makes a newspaper. Put them together and you get quite the adrenaline rush. When a Coppell football player scores a touchdown under the Buddy Echols Field lights,...

The Sidekick executive editor-in-chief Anjali Krishna cultivates a deeper appreciation for D115 and The Sidekick way as she connects with other staffers face-to-face again. Being back in person after a year of virtual learning allows her to openly communicate and build stronger relationships with her staffers.

Letter from the Editor: The magic room and the girl who can’t read a map

Anjali Krishna, Executive Editor-in-Chief February 10, 2022

I've spent a lot of time thinking about Coppell High School as a building lately.  My first few memories of it are vague - I only knew a couple hallways from attending middle school band events. I...

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