Coppell Student Media

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Pushing boundaries one palette at a time

Coppell High School sophomore Michael Creed adds the finishing touches to his makeup with mascara and fake eyelashes in his bedroom mirror on Jan. 11.  Creed uses makeup as an artistic tool to push gender boundaries.

Yash Ravula, Staff writer

January 17, 2020

Highlight poppin’. Eyeliner winged. Face snatched. Coppell High School sophomore Michael Creed, at the mere age of 12 found his love for makeup. Since nothing has stopped him from pursuing it and constantly improving his artistic ability and breaking gender stereotypes. “I was playing with makeup when my mother ...

Evans upholding interest in sports medicine

CHS/Coppell junior sports medicine trainer Taylor Evans fills water bottles for players at the varsity girls basketball game against Grapevine on Dec. 10 at the CHS Arena. Evans works exclusively with basketball during the winter season.

Camila Villarreal, Staff Writer

January 7, 2020

Coppell High School junior Taylor Evans is an active member of the CHS sports medicine team. The sports medicine team is in charge of tending to the players’ injuries during games and ensuring the team has enough water and protection to play its sport safely.  What motivated you to join sports medicine? ...

December TOTI: Rushing does not take responsibility of teacher and coach lightly

Coppell High School physics teacher and assistant baseball coach Clint Rushing assists CHS seniors Sophia Raza, Devan Patel, Andrew Tao and Vanuli Arya construct a working circuit board during his third period on Dec. 4. Rushing has taught at CHS for 11 years and was named The Sidekick’s December teacher of the issue.

Sapna Amin, Staff Writer

December 18, 2019

Coppell High School AP Physics II and baseball coach Clint Rushing is The Sidekick's December Teacher of the Issue, chosen by our staff. Rushing has been teaching at CHS for 11 years and hopes to help his students find their identity. He wants students to understand they shouldn’t be defined by grades, ...

New Spanish teacher brings human side to language learning

Coppell High School Spanish teacher Señor Becerra leads a classroom discussion regarding Spanish literature with his third period AP Spanish V class. Becerra is a new teacher at CHS and is in charge of the National Spanish Honors Society.

Alishba Javaid, Staff writer

December 3, 2019

Coppell High School Spanish teacher José Armando Becerra grew up in the small central Mexican town of Puebla, southeast the capital of Mexico City, raised by a single mother in a rental house being the fourth of five children. “Even though I was from a little town, my dreams were pretty big,” Becerra...

Castle runs to presidency: DECA state president applies multi-faceted approach to school

New Tech High @ Coppell senior Sikyra Castle is not only on the Coppell varsity track team, but also in DECA as the state president. Castle hopes to pursue business after she graduates from high school.

Akhila Gunturu, Staff Writer

December 3, 2019

The lights on the stage are bright, almost piercing as she stands at the podium. A few seconds later, New Tech High @ Coppell senior Sikyra Castle gives her Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) state officer acceptance speech.  “Right after I gave my state officer acceptance speech, I started bawling m...

Gillette teaches world history, spends holidays in a city rich with it

Coppell High School teacher Dan Gillette teaches his fourth period class about social hierarchy in different cultures on Monday in room B207. Gillette owns an apartment in New Orleans and spends many holidays there with his family.

Anjali Krishna, Staff Writer

December 3, 2019

The occupant of room B207 at Coppell High School is Dan Gillette, who teaches AP World History, AP European History; he is also the social studies department head. While teaching history in the city of Coppell, Gillette experiences it in the city of New Orleans. Gillette visits New Orleans many weekends th...

Palavali siblings paint aid for Doctors Without Borders

CHS9 student Maya Palavali and CHS sophomore Rohan Palavali create holiday cards at their house on Nov. 10. The Palavali siblings founded a non-profit called Pal O Valley Cards, where all profits from the sale of their custom-made greeting cards are donated to the charity Doctors Without Borders.

Sreeja Mudumby, Staff writer

November 22, 2019

The green cacti and pink flowers shine with wet paint as the card is placed it on a table, consisting of a plethora of cards, paints and brushes. Another finished card for a customer and another donation to help impoverished people around the world.  Coppell High School sophomore Rohan Palavali and CHS9 student Ma...

Tandri shines in both Madrigals, environment

Coppell High School junior Swetha Tandri promotes her nonprofit organization Trees for Tomorrow at the Coppell Farmers Market on Nov. 16. Tandri promotes the use Ecosia over Google since it is a search engine that plants trees with a portion of the profits from advertisements.

Tracy Tran, Staff Writer/Photographer

November 22, 2019

“It was me talking to the world leaders what I want to see changed. It was not just a normal essay [that follows the school format], it was me, showing my voice,” Coppell High School junior Swetha Tandri said. On Oct. 11, the 12th Eco-generation Environmental Essay Competition ended with the no...

At #CHSHome: Hernandez is nuts about the Nutcracker

Coppell High School junior Paola Hernandez practices ballet at the University of Alabama on July 7. Hernandez is in her 14th year of dancing.

Sapna Amin, Staff Writer

November 18, 2019

Coppell High School junior Paola Hernandez is a dancer with the Ballet Academy of Texas. The Ballet Academy of Texas is performing “The Nutcracker” on Dec. 7-8 at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Irving Art Center. Hernandez is level 7 out of 8, the level of dance correlates with the vigor of the classes, ...

At #CHSHome: Lazos uses love of science to foster enjoyment of learning process

Coppell High School AP Environmental Science teacher Maxx Lazos helps with daily work on Friday at Coppell High School. In his first year teaching, Lazos is hoping to change the mindset of his students from emphasizing grades to a focus on learning.

Anvitha Reddy, Staff Writer

November 15, 2019

Coppell High School teacher Maxx Lazos strives to create relationships with his students through his dedication to the learning process while teaching AP Environmental Science. Lazos, who was a substitute for Coppell ISD last year, hopes to challenge students’ grade-oriented mindsets with lessons that insp...