Coppell Student Media

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Seniors grapple with unusual graduation, reflect on high school

Social distancing has seen the conclusion of in-person high school classes and events for the 2019-2020 school year. High school seniors, due to graduate in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, miss out on end-of-year traditions and ceremonies and face an uncertain future, but have also found time to explore new passions and reflect. Graphic by Shriya Vanparia

Akansha Singh, Staff Writer

May 15, 2020

March 6 - the last day before spring break - was a day few Coppell High School seniors could have predicted would be their last day on campus. For the past two months, social distancing requirements have presented a new way of life. For CHS seniors, the last few months have been an unprecedented ...

Senior Teacher of the Issue: Bearden applying experience, artistic beliefs to teaching style

Coppell High School Art I, Honors Art I and Sculpture II teacher David Bearden paints with his son, Oliver, during the Colorpalooza arts festival in Lewisville in April 2019. Bearden’s teaching experience and love for creating art impact his students and his classroom environment.

Shravya Mahesh, Entertainment Editor

May 15, 2020

Coppell High School Art I, Honors Art I and Sculpture II teacher David Bearden’s repertoire is not limited to paintings and sculptures. Strong artists, productive working environments and valuable life lessons are also important additions.  With 20 years of experience teaching and creating art, Bearden...

The great SLAY (Senior Legacy Activity, Yeet!) project

During the last weeks of the school year, IB English IV teacher Richard Orlopp gave students the opportunity to do a project on the topic of their choice. Coppell High School senior Ronak Indurti did a presentation analysis on Netflix’s recent release, “Never Have I Ever.”

Anika Arutla, Social Media Manager

May 15, 2020

What should have been the busiest weeks of high school lined up with exams, seniors in the International Baccalaureate program at Coppell High School find themselves losing interest. In order to battle this, IB English IV teacher Richard Orlopp came up with a project to keep seniors interested and inv...

Rising to the top

Rising to the top

Various Writers

May 14, 2020

The Coppell High School class of 2020 contains 884 students. Out of that group, the top 10 are students that have attained the highest Grade Point Average (GPA) and rank in high school. Each of them have different high school experiences and strategies to maintain their academic standing.

Storch encouraging global unity through Twitter challenge

Participants from across the world sing, dance and play instruments to the song “We are the World” by USA for Africa. Coppell High School 2017 graduate Ryan Storch and company Gallery Furniture partnered to create a video as a way to unite people across the world.

Jillian Moore, Staff Writer

May 14, 2020

Amid worldwide confusion and fear, Coppell High School 2017 graduate and current Texas A&M University student Ryan Storch partnered with Gallery Furniture to help unite the world through the universal language of music.  On March 23, Storch posted on his Twitter account (@ryanstorch) a video of him aski...

From boredom to fandom

Coppell High School senior Trevor Williams makes TikToks in front of his ring light in his living room on May 5. Williams started making TikToks as a way to eliminate his boredom and in the process found his love for content creation.

Yash Ravula, Staff writer

May 8, 2020

Mindlessly scrolling through TikTok at 3 a.m. you might have stumbled across Coppell High School senior Trevor Williams (@shii.trevor) on TikTok. Williams has gained more than 224,4000 followers and about 5 million likes in a span of nine months since downloading the app.  “I didn't really think...

Hard work breeds success

Coppell High School senior Bikal Sharma receives an award for being the fourth best trader during the Top Trader Competition at the University of Texas at Dallas last year. Sharma will attend Stanford University after high school and pursue a medical degree.

Camila Villarreal, Staff Writer

May 8, 2020

Yes, Coppell High School senior Bikal Sharma is a smart kid.  He is going to Stanford University in the fall, after all. He is a semifinalist for the Nation Merit Scholarship competition, he is a silver medalist for the National Spanish Exam and he is an experienced model United Nations participant...

Video: Isolation workout with Samantha Freeman

Video: Isolation workout with Samantha Freeman

Camila Villarreal, Staff Writer

May 8, 2020

As self-isolation fatigue kicks in, The Sidekick staff photographer Samantha Freeman remains active by stretching and working her muscles as she normally would for tennis practice. This nine-step exercise is perfect for starting or ending your day and keeping your body in top shape. This workout includ...

Debate settled

Coppell High School senior Prayaag Gupta visits Tower Bridge in London on July 5. Gupta was named as the valedictorian of the class of 2020 and plans to attend the University of Texas at Austin alongside CHS senior salutatorian Het Desai.

Tracy Tran, Staff Writer/Photographer

May 7, 2020

Different from what people may think about top-ranking students, Coppell High School senior Prayaag Gupta, the class of 2020 valedictorian, doesn’t hesitate to share his tips for using time productively to study and having high quality schoolwork. “I was quite surprised in sophomore year when I received my ra...

Simple tips to reduce COVID-19 anxiety

The Sidekick sophomore staff writer Sreeja Mudumby provides various tips to keep a healthy mindset during quarantine. Due to the outbreak of the coronavirus, citizens have been practicing social distance for weeks to reduce risk of contagion.

Sreeja Mudumby, Staff Writer

May 1, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our days are looking much different. No more hanging out with friends at cafes, no more dreading going to school everyday. This new self-isolated lifestyle can lead to a low mental health and negative thoughts. But do not fret. These simple tips can help boost your mental he...

Affinity for math drives first year teaching AP Statistics for Portteus

GT Algebra II and AP statistics teacher Tom Portteus was selected as Teacher of the Issue for The Sidekick’s April e-edition. Portteus is completing his 13th year in education at Coppell High School after earning a double major in mathematics and political science from Ashland University in Ohio.

Shivi Sharma, CHS9 Editor

April 17, 2020

After teaching at Jack E. Singley Academy in Irving for six years, GT Algebra II and AP Statistics teacher Tom Portteus is completing his 13th year in education at CHS and his first year teaching statistics. Portteus has a double major in mathematics and political science from Ashland University in Ohio...

Charles exemplifying culture, curves through modeling

Coppell High School junior Harmony Charles models for The Dragonfly Agency in Dallas. Charles has been modeling since January 2019 while balancing school. Photo illustration by Harmony Charles and Neveah Jones

Shreya Beldona, Staff Writer

April 11, 2020

On her way to a doctor’s appointment in January 2019, Coppell High School junior Harmony Charles did not expect to be stopped by a stranger. Charles was shocked when that stranger handed her a card for a modeling agency.  “At first, it was kind of strange,” Charles said. “You always hear abo...