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May is Asian American - Pacific Islander Heritage Month.  The Sidekick staff writer Yasemin Ragland (far right) proudly wears a kimono to celebrate her Japanese heritage.

Asian stereotypes, discrimination need to stop

Yasemin Ragland, Staff Writer May 20, 2021

As a young woman who is one quarter Japanese through my mother, it outright infuriates me to see Asians discriminated against, notably women. And this discrimination often comes in the form of stereotypes.  For...

 A common saying when referring to the purchase of products in “No ethical consumption under capitalism.” The Sidekick sports editor Anjali Krishna expands on what is truly ethical in the world of capitalism.

There is ethical consumption under capitalism

Anjali Krishna, Sports Editor May 14, 2021

In a place I go to dodge my other responsibilities, a place I consider a safe haven and a place that often hides me as well as I hide my addiction to it, the phrase “no ethical consumption under capitalism”...

A lot of people have questions they want to find the answers to, such as “When is the pandemic going to end?” or “How can I motivate people?” but they cannot find said answers. The Sidekick editor-in-chief Sally Parampottil thinks people must accept the fact that they don’t know and understand they may never find out or find out later in life as they grow.

Curiosity killed the cat but life threatens to kill curiosity

Sally Parampottil, Executive Editor-in-Chief May 14, 2021

There was once a little girl obsessed with the Disney movie The Little Mermaid. Though lacking in red hair and a tail, Ariel was reflected in her through curiosity: the defining trait of the princess and...

For many high schoolers, issues such as cheating, deadlines and tuition serve as common concerns during senior year. The Sidekick daily news/assignment editor Avani Kashyap discusses her experience with feeling like a hypocrite when it comes to the aforementioned concerns. Graphic by Akhila Gunturu

What happens when a hypocrite recognizes their own hypocrisy?

Avani Kashyap, Daily News/Assignment Editor May 14, 2021

If I had a dollar for every time I looked at my Home Access Center, freaked out over my subpar grades and turned into a math whiz to see what score I needed on the next test to max the class, I would be...

Coppell High School has a diverse environment. The Sidekick student life editor Victoria Hertel reflects on how her time spent in the uniqueness of Coppell has brought a range of inspiration.

Learning from students

Victoria Hertel, Student Life Editor May 14, 2021

Two years ago, when I joined The Sidekick, I wasn’t quite sure if the program was a fit for me.  Contrarily, as I wrote my first story, I noticed how fulfilled I felt after learning about someone...

The name Akhila originates from Sanskrit and means “whole” or “complete.” The Sidekick CHS9 editor Akhila Gunturu thinks everyone should learn how to pronounce names correctly in order to respect the person.

Mispronouncing names = misunderstanding identities

Akhila Gunturu, CHS9 Editor May 13, 2021

To listen to this story, click on the box to the left.  Dear Reader,  My name is Akhila Gunturu.  That’s 13 letters total. Six and seven in English, three syllables each in Telugu.  A-khi-la....

The 2020-21 school year has been quite the roller coaster. The Sidekick communications manager Sreeja Mudumby expresses how this year has shaped her into a better person.

Outer glow down, inner glow up

Sreeja Mudumby, Communications Manager May 11, 2021

I started the school year with clear skin.  I was a very hopeful incoming junior. Online school meant an easy GPA boost, I was on the leadership team for The Sidekick and I was going to get a perfect...

High school can be intimidating due to its newness. The Sidekick staff writer Sapna Amin has a high school survival guide on what she wishes someone would have told her during her high school experience.

Amin’s survival guide of embracing the finite, fleeting moments of high school

Sapna Amin, Staff Writer May 11, 2021

The journey to adulthood can be a handshake, sometimes a kick and a scream, crawls for some, sprints for others, stings a fifth and consumes the remaining.  High school is the bridge between the sweetness...

High school social hierarchies can be viewed in pop culture and movies such as The Breakfast Club and Mean Girls. The Sidekick executive editorial editor Camila Villereal shares what it has been like being a “social reject.”

Sincerely, “Social Reject”

Camila Villarreal, Executive Editorial Page Editor April 28, 2021

To Whom It May Concern, You’ve probably seen The Breakfast Club, right? A movie about five high school students so different from each other that it feels impossible for them to do anything other...

People’s expectations of themselves can often lead to feeling like a failure. The Sidekick communications manager Sreeja Mudumby thinks people should start perceiving themselves for who they are as opposed to who they are not.

A world full of failures is a failed world

Sreeja Mudumby, Communications Manager April 26, 2021

I am a failure. I do things every single day that make me more of a failure than I was before. I procrastinate, don’t exercise or spend way too much time passively scrolling through YouTube, searching...

Many people become caught in the cycle of constantly working and rushing through life. The Sidekick executive editor-in-chief Sally Parampottil conveys how people should take time to step back and exist in the present.

Letter From the Editor: Ut avertam oculos meos ad intendum (with video)

Sally Parampottil, Executive Editor-in-Chief April 2, 2021

On Feb. 14, the day before the historic winter storm sparked power outages across the state, I laid on my back in the snow in my front yard, stared up at the sky and watched the flakes fall.  Supine...

Entering the fourth nine weeks, many students have returned to in-person learning at Coppell High School. The Sidekick executive editor-in-chief Sally Parampottil describes her first week back.

The Local Mind: Return to campus marked by structure

Sally Parampottil, Executive Editor-in-Chief March 29, 2021

After a semester and a half of doing school from a desk in my parents’ bedroom, I finally made the switch to in-person learning for the last quarter of the school year. It was a good thing my fifth period...

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