Coppell Student Media

  • All UIL events canceled through the end of the school year due to coronavirus (COVID-19)
  • Graduation has been moved to May 31 at Globe Life Field in Arlington due to coronavirus (COVID-19)

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...

Cancellation of prom may have taught us something more valuable – living in the moment

Students from Coppell High School’s class of 2019 dance at prom at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. The Sidekick business manager Nishant Medicharla discusses that even though this year’s prom has been canceled due to the coronavirus, the class of 2020 may have gained an invaluable lesson - learning to live in the moment.

Nishant Medicharla, Business Manager

April 11, 2020

The clock struck midnight as I was scrolling through Instagram, liking all the prom pictures my upperclassmen were posting. The scary thoughts of the SAT and the next day’s calculus test dwindled away as I imagined a night where I could celebrate four years worth of hard work. But one email des...

Losing prom made me appreciate it more

Coppell High School senior Carrie Sheffield wears the dress she planned to wear to Coppell High School prom on April 4 at AT&T Stadium. Due to the spread of the coronavirus, this year’s prom was canceled.

Laasya Achanta, Staff Writer

April 10, 2020

I never understood the obsession with prom. I found it weird a party was hailed as the pinnacle of the high school experience, not even graduation.  Sure, it seemed like a fun night, but was it worth the hassle of finding a prom group, choosing a dinner reservation and planning an after party? I de...

Letter From the Editor: Issuing the truth in midst of confusion

The Sidekick editor-in-chief Anthony Cesario details how life has changed because of the recent Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. He emphasizes the goals and mission of The Sidekick during uncertain times such as these.

Anthony Cesario, Editor-in-Chief

March 16, 2020

In the span of weeks, our lives as students — and as citizens in general — have quickly been thrown into confusion and uncertainty. Coronavirus (COVID-19) has gone from an overseas issue to one that has rapidly spread across our home country, directly impacting the things we do, the places we g...

Journalism satisfying the inquisitive by presenting me with opportunity to give back

The Sidekick staff writer Akhila Gunturu talks about what journalism means to her for Scholastic Journalism Week. Gunturu was pushed by the journalistic influences around her to seek knowledge and join The Sidekick.

Akhila Gunturu, Staff Writer

February 25, 2020

When I was in elementary school, I would peer out of the foggy window from my booster-seat, listening to the quiet, calm, filter of NPR’s “Morning Edition” from the car’s radio.  Fast-forward to summer break, and I would spend the days of sweltering Indian summer heat splayed on the marble ...

Being a student journalist connects writing to my world

The Sidekick CHS9 Editor Shivi Sharma discusses her experiences in journalism on The Sidekick newspaper. Scholastic Journalism  Week celebrates student journalism globally and takes place this year from Feb. 24 to Feb. 28.

Shivi Sharma, CHS9 Editor

February 25, 2020

Like most students, I participated in many classes and camps growing up, determining possible interests. One of them was a writing class at University of California, Berkeley’s Academic Talent Development Program (ATDP) in the summer of 2012.  We’d practiced writing poetry in third grade, and my haiku abo...