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Outdated voting system would be harmful in upcoming elections

Two out of the past five elections have produced a president who did not win the majority of popular votes. The Sidekick staff writer Trisha Atluri discusses a solution to the disagreement between the electoral and popular vote in recent history.

Trisha Atluri, Staff Writer/Photographer

April 14, 2020

In the 2016 presidential election, Donald Trump emerged victorious as the nation’s 45th democratically elected president. However, “democratically elected” proves to be a very loose term in the modern context of the outdated voting system of the United States. Every four years, a temporary group of elect...

Numb to the News

The Sidekick staff writer Alishba Javaid discusses how society is being desensitized to the news due to the constant exposure made easy by technology. Javaid explains how people have become apathetic to current events and offers solutions to change our mindsets.

Alishba Javaid, Staff Writer

January 24, 2020

Dazzling clothes on display, jewelry galore, the sounds of bargaining, exchange of cash—and within it all are beggars. This is not an uncommon view of a bazaar in Pakistan. My heart would immediately feel horrible for the children, the mothers, the elderly, the deformed. But what would make me feel...

American foreign policy destabilizing world safety

The U.S. spends more on its military than the next seven countries combined. The Sidekick staff writer Emma Meehan thinks, as the most powerful country in the world, there should be an obligation that the United States supports peace and negotiation and avoid war, while prioritizing the needs of its people.

Emma Meehan, Staff Writer

January 23, 2020

I was constantly told as a child that the United States was the greatest nation in the world and never faltered in its dedication to democracy. I saw my country as a force for good, selfless in its commitment to promoting peace and stability across the globe. I was quickly disillusioned. My view of Amer...

Kill capital punishment in pursuit of ethical society

Thirty states retain the death penalty, but only eight executed prisoners in 2018. Texas executed 13 of the 25 total inmates killed last year. The Sidekick staff writer Emma Meehan discusses why the death penalty should be abolished in the United States. Graphic by Kaylee Aguilar.

Emma Meehan, Staff Writer

December 6, 2019

Death is final. Different from convicted felons sentenced to life in prison, death row inmates cannot appeal if new exonerating evidence comes to light after they are executed.  They are already dead. A conservative estimate by the National Academy of Sciences found that at least 4.1% of deat...

Lack of climate change education in schools spelling Earth’s doom

The Sidekick staff writer Nicolas Reyes travelled to Valencia de Jesús, Colombia over the summer to aid in a sustainable compost project. Reyes thinks changing school curriculum to include climate change could help generate the same passion seen in Valencia de Jesús in the United States.

Nicolas Reyes, Staff Writer

September 17, 2019

Deep green mountains created a backdrop to my view of beggarly houses lining the road to the compost hut. Nearby dogs dipped their muzzles into waste, their spines drastically poking out of their bodies, a reminder of the crippling poverty I was immersing myself in.  The compost hut did not seem like much. In p...

CHS Speaks: Students experiencing growth through enriching curriculum

Throughout high school, every student has a favorite class that resonates with them in some way. Coppell High School students share their most beneficial class they have taken or are currently enrolled in.

Fiona Koshy, Editorial Page Editor

April 12, 2018

Throughout a student’s high school career, there is bound to be at least one class that makes a lasting impact on the student from an academic or emotional standpoint.   Not only do classes engage students’ minds with valuable information, but they can teach them important lessons about ...

Curbing political ignorance

Candidate’s campaign posters line the roads of Coppell Town Center as Coppell residents prepared to vote for Texas State representatives on March 6. Citizens should educate themselves before voting in order to be sure they vote for the candidate who represents their beliefs, and to avoid candidates exploiting their ignorance.

Pramika Kadari, Staff Writer

March 26, 2018

Throughout American history, the power to vote has been fiercely fought for, with demonstrations and protests demanding the right to be granted to all citizens.   However, recent exposés of the public’s political ignorance are concerning, and prove voters need to be more political...

Unnecessary obstacles in the brutal climb to a perfect GPA

At Coppell High School, maximum GPA points are given only to the A+ grade, rather than both the A+ and A grade, as it is done at most colleges and many high schools. The pressure to earn a 97 percent or higher in their classes adds unnecessary stress to students’ lives, leads to excessive cheating and causes compatibility issues for transfer students.

Pramika Kadari, Staff Writer

February 16, 2018

Despite the fact that only 6.9 percent of the United States is clinically depressed, 26 percent of high school students are depressed to the clinical level, which could be an indication that teens live in an unhealthy environment.   At Coppell High School, even after studying hard and receiving an A in their class, many students remain disappointed in themselves due to the fact that their A grade fails to earn them the highest possi...

Good to go: Why traveling broadens the mind and changes perspective

After traveling out of the country, CHS students reflect on the positives of new, global experiences. With the opportunity to leave the Coppell bubble comes eye-opening sights.

Rutuja Joshi, Staff Writer

May 17, 2017

We see a lot of the same people, deal with the same situations and interact with similar beliefs in our Coppell bubble. Though Coppell has become increasingly diverse over the years, it is no secret that we tend to surround ourselves around like-minded people. We become comfortable; we become closed of...

Bathroom stalls see aggressive underground, student tensions

The bathroom stall seems to be the choice of platform for both hate speech and love speech.

Grant Spicer, Staff Writer

May 15, 2017

Rushing to use the bathroom and still be on time, students pick a bathroom stall to use before 52 minutes of instruction. Once situated, the student looks to their right: swastikas are drawn in black sharpie on the rouge-red walls.   They look to their left: racial slurs and even death threats are...

A reflection on fleeting emotion; the struggle of converting empathy into action

A reflection on fleeting emotion; the struggle of converting empathy into action

Briana Thomas, Staff Writer

May 12, 2017

You press play on a video to view a woman narrating her experience as a victim of domestic violence. You see her tears. Her bruises. The way she holds herself firmly, as if at any moment, someone would tear away another piece of her. At a restaurant, you see another woman. She shares the same emotionles...

Letter to the Editor: Associated Press mainstreams delusion

Abbie Hall is a junior at Coppell High School and member of the International Baccalaureate (IB) program.

April 19, 2017

Re: Associated Press mainstreams delusion, By Emma Cummins, April 7 As transgender issues become more prominent in the media, journalists have found them hard to address, as there is no protocol for reference to a transgender person. Most of this issue seems to come from the idea that addressing someo...