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Strengthening hands, knowledge through sign language

Strengthening hands, knowledge through sign language

Pramika Kadari, Copy Editor

September 8, 2018


Filed under Opinions, Personal Columns

  Last December, I met my first Deaf* friend, The Sidekick editorial page editor Claire Clements. When she first explained she was deaf, I immediately said, “That’s so cool!”   Everyone laughed, and she said that was the first time she had heard that response. For years, I have ...

Kadari crosses the country

Kadari crosses the country

Pramika Kadari, Staff Writer

May 22, 2018


Filed under Opinions, Personal Columns, Showcase

After 15 years of living in one state, one town, one house, moving from Illinois to Texas in the middle of my high school career was not something I was happy about.   The decision had been somewhat sudden - announced near the beginning of the summer that we would most likely be moving a...

“What makes a friend a real friend?”

“What makes a friend a real friend?”

Renata Barona, Staff Writer

May 17, 2018


Filed under Opinions, Personal Columns

A few months ago two very important people in my life got mad and our friendship ended in a blink of an eye.   We have all heard the saying that some friendships do not last forever, and sadly, it is true. How would you feel if suddenly the person you thought it was your friend is not the ...

My happy ending: Why I am not continuing synchronized swimming in college

My happy ending: Why I am not continuing synchronized swimming in college

May 15, 2018


Filed under Opinions, Personal Columns

If I could pinpoint the moment I decided not to pursue synchronized swimming (synchro) in college it would be two years ago at a competition in Mesa, Ariz. as I clung to the pool wall staring at a Lindenwood University swimmer.   The nerves I had for my upcoming routine combined with the image of the swimmer’s swimsuit ri...

A letter to mother nature, our home and safe haven

A letter to mother nature, our home and safe haven

Anika Arutla, Staff Writer

April 28, 2018


Filed under Opinions, Personal Columns, Showcase

Dear Mother Nature,   Billions of years ago, an asteroid crashed into another asteroid, thus creating you, our home.   You provide us with water that has the ability to act as a mirror, scenery that makes us feel at peace and mesmerize us at the same time with air so clean and ...

Modern day feminism: How media has molded a movement

Modern day feminism: How media has molded a movement

Jessica Hernandez, Staff Writer

April 19, 2018


Filed under Opinions, Personal Columns

From Broadway musicals to social media posts, feminism has become a central theme for thousands of stories that are being told every single day.   Although the definition of feminism varies from person to person, I see it as the advocating for equality of the sexes and the empowerment of ...

Representation in media extends greater than race, gender

Representation in media extends greater than race, gender

Claire Clements, Staff Writer

April 16, 2018


Filed under Opinions, Personal Columns

On March 23, Apple announced that it planned on releasing 13 new emojis. These emojis are not smiley faces or flags.   They are emojis for disabled people. They are wheelchairs, canes, prosthetics and hearing aids.   A few weeks later, Tommy Hilfiger released an Adaptive clothing l...

Searching for enlightenment, finding peace through meditation (with video)

Searching for enlightenment, finding peace through meditation (with video)

Anika Arutla, Staff Writer

March 29, 2018


Filed under Opinions, Personal Columns, Showcase

Four years ago, my father spent 10 days at a meditation camp in Delaware without access to technology and without speaking to anyone, including the other campers. He came back and said it was the best time of his life.   Within the next year, my mom went to the same camp in Delaware and my...

Pursuing passions: Finding your niche in high school

Pursuing passions: Finding your niche in high school

Anthony Cesario, Co-Student Life Editor

March 8, 2018


Filed under Opinions, Personal Columns

Dropped into an unfamiliar building with thousands of other kids and an overwhelming amount of activities to participate in, it can often be difficult to find a place where you truly belong in high school.   The majority of my freshman year at Coppell High School was spent adjusting to this...

Redefining leadership: The difference between loud and confident

Redefining leadership: The difference between loud and confident

Lili Lomas, Executive Digital Content Editor

February 22, 2018


Filed under Opinions, Personal Columns

Our society hails teen leaders...just not always the right ones.   Schools and communities love those with the loudest enthusiasm, those who scream for attention. Additionally, there is no quality more lauded by college admissions than leadership. However, the way we define “leadership...

Flowing into the new year: Reflecting back on 30 days of daily yoga

Flowing into the new year: Reflecting back on 30 days of daily yoga

Jessica Hernandez, Staff Writer

February 2, 2018


Filed under Opinions, Personal Columns

At the end of last year, I made it one of my goals for the new year to wake up earlier and spend time doing something that I love before starting my day: yoga.   In the past, I have done yoga whenever time has allowed for it, and more often than not, I would go days, sometimes weeks, without practicing. ...

I was bullied because of my anxiety (with video)

I was bullied because of my anxiety (with video)

Amelia Vanyo, Editor-in-Chief

February 2, 2018


Filed under Opinions, Personal Columns, Showcase

The honest truth   I used to self harm. It started in the seventh grade, shortly after I began taking medication for anxiety.   There was a girl in my seventh grade class who would check my wrists every day, making a show of how she was trying to help me.   She did no...