Coppell Student Media

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Just the beginning

Protestor Faith Smith leads chants to support the Black Lives Matter movement in the streets of Coppell on Saturday. The Coppell Walk for Peace at Andy Brown Park East was organized by local pastors with support from the Coppell Police Department.

Victoria Hertel, Student Life Editor

June 7, 2020

On Saturday morning at the pavilion in Andrew Brown Park East, hundreds of people with different racial and economic backgrounds stood together, eyes closed and heads bowed, deep in prayer. “Being a black woman it is important to know that everyone cares,” Coppell resident Erika Williams said. “...

Coppell organizes peaceful rallies alongside local, nationwide police brutality protests

Young protestor, Ben, holds up his sign in order to support the Black Lives Matter movement at Town Center Plaza in Coppell on Wednesday. The Coppell community rallied together to spread awareness about BLM and fighting against racial injustice.

Shivi Sharma, Executive News Editor

June 5, 2020

An hour before the city’s 9 p.m. curfew, more than 2,000 protestors at Denton Square on Monday night echoed each other and protests across the nation, chanting “black lives matter” and “I can’t breathe”, clutching homemade signs as local police stood by.  “When I got [to Denton Square]...

Peaceful demonstration allows community to advocate for racial equality

Coppell protesters stand against racism by supporting the Black Lives Matter movement behind City Hall on Wednesday. The Coppell community rallied together to spread awareness about BLM and fighting racial injustice.

Trisha Atluri, Advertising/Circulation Manager

June 4, 2020

Seven consecutive chants of “say his name” were responded by seven consecutive shouts of “George Floyd” as Coppell residents showed solidarity and support for the Black Lives Matter movement on Wednesday. Rally organizers Johnny Roberson Jr. and Manuella “Mannie” held a Black Lives Matte...

The 2020 Sidekick Olympics

The 2020 Summer Olympics, which would have been held in Tokyo this year, may have been canceled, but The Sidekick has got you covered. Check out some of the great events, all filmed from our staffers' houses. 

Sally Parampottil, Executive Sports Editor

May 16, 2020

The 2020 Summer Olympics, which would have been held in Tokyo this year, may have been canceled, but The Sidekick has got you covered. Check out some of the great events, all filmed from our staffers' houses.

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...

Coppell’s blooming business scene: present condition, tackling COVID-19 and future ambitions

Coppell has made a name for itself in the local business scene, with a growing business economy and pro-business attitude. The city government hopes to continue attracting businesses and building its image.

Akif Abidi, Staff Writer

May 15, 2020

Coppell is a prime example of the tremendous growth North Texas cities have been experiencing the past few decades-- booming from approximately 16,000 residents to 42,000 residents in the last 30 years. As Coppell’s population boomed, so did its business sector. Coppell held approximately 2 million squ...

CISD to hold in-person graduation for the class of 2020

Coppell High School senior class president Leo Swaldi gives his speech at virtual graduation at Event Technology Services on Wednesday. CHS is holding a virtual graduation ceremony on May 28.

Akhila Gunturu, Staff Writer

May 14, 2020

On May 12, an email from Coppell ISD Superintendent Dr. Brad Hunt to the class of 2020 confirmed plans for an in-person graduation. According to the email and the CISD website, the ceremony will be held on May 31 at the Globe Life Field in Arlington at 5 p.m. for New Tech @ Coppell graduates and 8 p.m. for Coppell High School g...

Stitching for safety

Coppell freshman Jacob Hahm and his brother Connections Academy junior Joshua wear masks and display the Korean symbol of love. Over six weeks, the Hahm family has made and donated more than 2,000 masks to local hospitals to help medical professionals during the coronavirus pandemic.

Shivi Sharma, CHS9 Editor

May 5, 2020

Doctors and nurses treating coronavirus patients across the country are grappling with a severe lack of personal protective equipment (PPE) and many are forced to use the same face masks for multiple days.  For Coppell freshman Jacob Hahm and his family, hearing about the shortages inspired them t...

Reed’s legacy of nurture, care lives on in family

Denton resident Jean Reed, grandmother of Coppell High School special education teacher Brooke Coch, stands with several other family members. Reed died on April 10 of coronavirus, leaving behind a legacy of standing by and taking care of her family and loved ones.

Karen Lu, Daily News/Assignment Editor

May 1, 2020

A legacy is the story of a person’s life — the things they did, the places they went, the people they met; it’s what a person leaves behind to be remembered by. For Denton resident Jean Reed, her legacy is defined by her friends and family. On April 10, Reed died after testing positive for th...

And this is Mr. Bagley

Administrators Sean Bagley and Ryan Lam represent the Coppell High School slogan “We Are One” during the 2014-2015 school year. Now, after 15 years of working for CHS, Bagley is leaving the district.

Pramika Kadari, Executive News & Enterprise Editor

April 28, 2020

Whether it’s booming over the intercom, at pep rallies, or in the hallways ordering late students to get to class, Coppell High School associate principal Sean Bagley’s voice is one all have grown accustomed to.  Now, after 15 years at CHS, the beloved administrator is retiring from the distri...

Head of defense

Coppell sophomore goalkeeper Arath Valdez checks his teammates during the match against Lewisville on Jan. 3 at Buddy Echols Field. Valdez is the starting goalkeeper for the Coppell boys soccer team, having beat out two seniors for the spot.

Sally Parampottil, Executive Sports Editor

April 25, 2020

A 6-year old boy watching UANL Tigres with his dad was introduced to the sport which would later become central to his life. Ten years later, Coppell sophomore Arath Valdez is the starting goalkeeper for the boys soccer team.  He also trains with the very team that sparked his love for soccer. ...

UIL cancels all sporting events for remainder of school year

Coppell senior captain Maxwell Winneker is one of many athletes who saw their seasons canceled for the remainder of the school year. The University Interscholastic League (UIL) announced the cancellation of all UIL-sanctioned activities on Friday following Gov. Greg Abbott’s decision to close schools for the rest of the semester. Photo illustration by Shriya Vanparia and Sally Parampottil

Sally Parampottil, Executive Sports Editor

April 20, 2020

The Coppell boys soccer team was in the midst of a great comeback story, turning a 1-4-2 record into a six-match win streak in which it took down the No. 1 ranked team in Class 6A and tied for second place in District 6-6A.  With one district match remaining, the Cowboys had high hopes of making sta...