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Rain: the sign of balance, not despair

Executive enterprise editor Shreya Beldona believes rain should be viewed as a positive despite its negative connotations. Beldona argues that rain is more than mundane weather; it is a source of strength for the day.

Shreya Beldona, Executive enterprise editor

October 15, 2020

As soon as I wake up, before I even open my eyes, I can feel it.  My room, lacking proper insulation, is colder than normal. When I open my eyes, the sunlight no longer streams into my room through the blinds. Instead, there are dark clouds outside. In that moment, I hope that the dark skies above ...

Letter From the Editor: Per angusta ad augusta (with video)

Since March, many staffers have not set foot in The Sidekick classroom, D115. The Sidekick executive editor-in-chief Sally Parampottil expresses what she misses about the room and how she feels about the upcoming publishing year without it.

Sally Parampottil, Executive Editor-in-Chief

October 2, 2020

When I first joined The Sidekick staff as a sophomore, the strangest quirk was how other staffers referred to the classroom as D115. Sure, sometimes it was the newsroom or the Sidekick room, but it was mainly called D115.  I had never memorized a room number for any of my classes before.  As ...

Disconnected from modern history

Today marks the 19th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. The Sidekick executive editor-in-chief Sally Parampottil feels her perspective on the tragedy is less emotion-based because she did not experience it and resembles more of that felt towards any other pivotal event in American history.

Sally Parampottil, Executive Editor-in-Chief

September 11, 2020

I can’t tell you where I was and what I was doing on Sept. 11, 2001.  I wasn’t born until Sept. 2, 2002.  Because I never experienced life prior to the attacks, I cannot understand the difference of life before and after beyond what I hear or read. The fear and uncertainty that crippled th...

Black lives, anti-racism matters

Protesters gather with signs at Coppell City Hall on June 6.  The Sidekick staff writer Yasemin Ragland hopes for more progress for racial equality.

Yasemin Ragland, Staff Writer

September 9, 2020

Life as a Black person in America can be inspiring and complicated when we look at our shared history and the future. My paternal great grandmother grew up sharecropping—an exploitative form of labor that occurred after slavery ended. My paternal grandfather did not get full rights until he ...

Opinion: A sign of the times

Time is a concept perceived differently by each person. The Sidekick executive editor-in-chief Sally Parampottil explores the phrase, “time is relative,” while commenting on the fact that COVID-19 has made time fly by this year.

Sally Parampottil, Executive Editor-in-Chief

August 27, 2020

With each snip of the scissors, another lock of hair fell to the ground. As nearly six inches of black waves were severed, a small pile formed at my feet. It was my first haircut since May of 2019.  Time is relative. Though measured in standards like hours and days, each person experiences the passage of t...

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...

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...

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...

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...

How COVID-19 is bringing us together

Celebrations, such as birthdays, have been celebrated virtually during the COVID-19 pandemic. Like many others, staff writer Yasemin Ragland has taken advantage of Zoom  meetings to share these moments with family and friends.

Yasemin Ragland, Staff Writer

April 17, 2020

One of my sisters recently turned 3, in early April. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we didn’t throw an actual party, but we “zoomed” our family in California and celebrated it that way.  Because of COVID-19, we can’t be in any crowded areas of more than 10 people, and have to stay six feet...