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2020: Concluding year of writing through writing

2020 has been an eventful year particularly because of the coronavirus pandemic, which has caused major life changes for everyone. The Sidekick executive news editor Shivi Sharma reflects on her experiences writing and being a journalist this year and looks forward to 2021.
Shivi Sharma, Executive News Editor December 18, 2020

Blissfully quiet, early morning walks to school while sipping tea. Standing on a chair and updating the section whiteboard in the back of the newsroom. Conversations on sun-drenched afternoons that flow...

Letter From the Editor: Forsan et haec olim meminisse iuvabit (with video)

As much as trying to stay positive during these uncertain times is important, it may not always come easy. The Sidekick executive editor-in-chief Sally Parampottil expresses how accepting that not everything will be good in 2020 may be what is best for us.
Sally Parampottil, Executive Editor-in-Chief December 18, 2020

I didn’t make my senior overalls over the summer.  I thought if I did, I would be unhappy, because it would be a constant reminder of the fact I wasn’t going to school in person. They would just...

COVID-19 in the eyes of a teacher

COVID-19 has forced teachers to adjust to an online setting during class. AP English IV teacher Matthew Bowden discusses the importance of being there for Coppell High School students despite the adversity teachers face.
Matthew Bowden, Guest Writer December 10, 2020

When I began teaching here at Coppell High School 23 years ago, I had grand visions of changing the world one young person at a time, building lifelong bonds with my students just like John Keating from...

Giving thanks: A butterfly effect for the world to remember

Generation Z is growing up in a time of social activism and self-expression on a different scale than ever before. The Sidekick executive editorial page editor Camila Villareal expresses her gratitude for the mentality of her generation in light of these challenges.
Camila Villarreal, Executive Editorial Page Editor November 25, 2020

I grew up in a world of dress-up and birthday cake. Like most children, I didn’t worry about the complexities of life and turmoils of growing up. I didn’t have to. But everyone gets older, and getting...

Giving thanks: Bring me back a rock (with video)

The Sidekick executive editor-in-chief Sally Parampottil shows off her collection of small gifts she has received from her friends. Parampottil pays importance to how the smallest reminders of her friends bring her happiness.
Sally Parampottil, Executive Editor-in-Chief November 20, 2020

I ask my friends to bring me rocks whenever they travel.  It’s something I’ve done for a couple of years now. Rocks are cheap and don’t take up a lot of space, so if someone brings me back something,...

Giving thanks: Appreciating the new normal with old friends

Keeping in touch with close friends during these unprecedented times is important for our wellbeing. The Sidekick co-sports editor Anjali Krishna shares how beneficial showing appreciation for the rocks in our lives is.
Anjali Krishna, Co-Sports Editor November 20, 2020

I have always loved stories with ensembles. Something about group dynamics, inner workings, melding relationships and utter messes appeals to me. The haphazard groups have always been my favorite: weird...

Passion prevails over perils in healthcare field

The Sidekick staff writer Varshitha Korrapolu emphasizes that healthcare workers are truly heroes because they continue to fight COVID-19 for the greater good. Korrapolu thinks her interest in becoming a doctor outweighs the dangers that healthcare workers face.
Varshitha Korrapolu, Staff Writer November 20, 2020

Imagine if there weren’t any doctors, nurses, medical assistants, paramedics, residents and people willing to pursue a career in the medical field right now. Where would our world be? How would our world...

Giving thanks: Holding on to holiday unity

Holiday celebrations are changing to comply with social distancing efforts this year. The Sidekick staff writer Nanditha Nagavishnu expresses gratitude for the comfort familiar traditions bring when the world around us is constantly fluctuating.
Nanditha Nagavishnu, Staff Writer November 20, 2020

These last months of the year have been different. As winter approaches, my coats and scarves remain crisp and neglected. With the holiday season almost here, most families will have to change unwritten...

Giving thanks: You can take journalists out of the newsroom but can’t take the spirit out of Sidekick

Giving thanks: You can take journalists out of the newsroom but can’t take the spirit out of Sidekick
Chase Wofford, The Sidekick adviser November 18, 2020

Loading up a wagon with cameras, AP Stylebooks and other resources on March 16 to take home for what could be a week, two weeks or possibly months, I turned and looked at the empty, silent D115 Sidekick...

Giving thanks: Way to my heart is through my stomach

The Sidekick CHS9 editor Akhila Gunturu finds food as something that keeps her grounded and connects her to others. Despite the changes brought by COVID-19, Gunturu is grateful that no matter the distance, she can bond with her friends and family through food.
Akhila Gunturu, CHS9 Editor November 18, 2020

Growing up, food was always a family affair. Breakfast meant sitting on the edge of the kitchen countertop, groggily downing oatmeal. Lunch meant the four of us on the living room floor, huddled around...

Giving thanks: from a seed to a tree

Through the challenges of COVID-19, our mentalities become more adaptable. The Sidekick communications manager Sreeja Mudumby shares how she is thankful for her growth over the past few months and how plants can be seen in a similar light.
Sreeja Mudumby, Communications Manager November 17, 2020

  If you asked me how I was doing on March 1, I would’ve said “fine.” If you asked me how I was really doing, I would’ve said “I don’t know.”  I have come a long way since.  Over...

Celebrating festival of lights amidst darkness

Diwali, the festival of lights, is largely celebrated by Hindus and includes activities such as fireworks and enjoying food with family and friends. The Sidekick communications manager Sreeja Mudumby discusses how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the celebration and what Diwali means to her.
Sreeja Mudumby, Communications Manager November 17, 2020

Diwali. The festival of lights. A time to celebrate joy and prosperity, light up fireworks to burn off evil and eat yummy sweets, all while being around people you love. Except this year, we’re in...

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