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The official student news site of Coppell High School

Coppell Student Media

The official student news site of Coppell High School

Coppell Student Media

For most students, high school is a time of personal growth as they step into their identity. The Sidekick executive editorial page editor Manasa Mohan reflects on how her time on the staff has led to her finding and becoming confident with her voice.

Senior column: Empowered by expression

Manasa Mohan, Executive Editorial Page Editor May 19, 2023

I like to think I am a fascinating paradox. Miraculously, I’m both talkative and shy. When engaged in conversation with people I know well, my words flow effortlessly. But beneath that seemingly...

Theres no better way to look back on memories than photos. The Sidekick executive design/interactive editor Srihari Yechangunja reminisces on his three years in The Sidekick with a gallery of fun, confusing and fond moments.

Senior column: Coppell, captured

Srihari Yechangunja, Executive Design/Interactive Editor May 19, 2023

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When venturing beyond one’s comfort zone, the first emotion one feels is often negative. The Sidekick entertainment editor Saniya Koppikar reminisces on finding the joy in dealing with uncomfortable situations throughout her time on The Sidekick staff.

Senior column: Learning to love a hassle

Saniya Koppikar, Entertainment Editor May 19, 2023

Creating my application for The Sidekick leadership team (in which the entertainment editor position was, in fact, not included, later turning out as a happy surprise), was, truth be told, a hassle and...

In a whirlwind of different paths, it can be hard to create a set path to complete in life. The Sidekick staff cartoonist Maya Palavali reminisces on her journalistic start and describes a lesson she has learned throughout her time in high school.

Senior column: C’est la vie

Maya Palavali, Staff Cartoonist May 19, 2023

Lying on my bed in the dark, looking at the glow in the dark stars, I think about who I am. Who I’m supposed to be. But, am I happy? Sleep takes my mind away from answering the question. I have...

Mehndi, or henna, is a form of body art often applied for celebratory purposes in South Asian, Middle Eastern and African cultures. The Sidekick’s convergence editor Aliya Zakir appreciates Mehndi for allowing her to re-establish her connection to her identity.

Redefining identity through mehndi

Aliya Zakir, Convergence Editor May 19, 2023

Despite being raised in a traditional South Asian Muslim household, I forced myself to assimilate to societal norms. In a four letter term, I was the epitome of an ABCD (American-Born Confused Desi).  Spicy...

The Sidekick staff writer Tvisha Jindal describes how former fifth grade English teacher Kirsten Chapman at Valley Ranch Elementary introduced her to the idea of writing a letter to herself using futureme.org. Jindal has written a letter to herself every year since eighth grade, illustrating how her goals and passions have evolved.

Letters to a FutureYou

Tvisha Jindal May 19, 2023

My first day of fifth grade was a lonely one. I had just moved from a charter school to a public one, Valley Ranch Elementary, leaving behind six years of history. I vividly remember sitting down in my...

Sports journalism can be a nerve-racking field, conducting interviews and telling engaging stories can be a stressful first-time task for some. The Sidekick staff writer Araceli Reynoso reflects on how the program has accompanied her journey to finding her confidence in her passions through sports journalism.

Senior column: Discovering what I can do in the world of sports

Araceli Reynoso, Staff Writer May 9, 2023

My eyes were glued to the field as I watched Dallas Cowboys’ Dak Prescott throw the ball, completing yet another pass to wide receiver Michael Gallup. He would then go on to catch the ball, running...

A lot of high school students deal with overthinking and it is more widespread than you may think. The Sidekick staff writer Nyah Rama shares her personal experience with overthinking and offers potential ways to overcome the obstacles that come with it.

Inside the mind of an overthinker

Nyah Rama, Staff Writer April 13, 2023

All my life I’ve felt like a duck; on the surface I'm calm and everything looks fine, but under the pitch black water, I'm treading as fast as I can to stay afloat. I’ve been a massive overthinker...

Siblings are often put into categories based on birth order or age. The Sidekick staff writer Sreehitha Moravaneni goes into detail on how in regards to sibling dynamics, these stereotypes aren’t one size fits all.

Birth order notions inhibit uniqueness

Sreehitha Moravaneni, Staff Writer April 11, 2023

“You’re more spoiled aren’t you? You know, because you’re younger.” When looking at my sister Anoohya and I, people often assume that we are vastly different, both physically and mentally....

Four-day school weeks give teachers more flexible schedules and may boost student performance. The Sidekick staff writer Deepali Kanchanavally talks about why she supports a four-day school week. Jayden Chui

A pot of gold at the end of the rainbow

Deepali Kanchanavally, Staff Writer March 31, 2023

The clock strikes 5 p.m., marking my Science Olympiad Club meeting, cello class and badminton practice. Five hours later, I am ready to hit the hay as a lab report, calculus homework and studying for tests...

The Sidekick staff writer Sukirtha Muthiah credits her grandmother for being the woman who made her. She writes about how her grandmother has shaped her personality and experiences. Photo courtesy Sukirtha Muthiah.

The woman who made me: My partner in crime

Sukirtha Muthiah, Staff Writer March 31, 2023

For as long as I can remember, Mummyma, my grandmother, has been my best friend.  Like many grandmothers, she has fed me copious amounts of food, told me tales of far-off lands and supported me throughout...

Women’s History Month is a time of year to celebrate the women who play an important role in our lives. The Sidekick staff writer Rhea Choudhary expresses her appreciation for her mother, Shilpa Choudhary.

The woman who made me: The Lorelai to my Rory

Rhea Choudhary, Staff Writer March 29, 2023

Mama, how come he just left? Where is he? Why wasn't I good enough for him to want to stay? Growing up with an absent father gave me the opportunity to have a close relationship with the dazzling woman...

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