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Coppell High School junior Dia Atluri is a part of the The Gen Z Go-Getters podcast with three other students, Shriya Venkataraman from Dallas, Shrutika Srinivasan from North Creek, Wash. and Vaishnavi Vangani from Tampa, Fla. Atluri and the co-hosts of the podcast talk about topics such as entrepreneurship, motivation and Desi culture. Dia is the twin sister of The Sidekick advertising/circulation manager Trisha Atluri.

Go-Getter generation fuelling new podcast

Anette Varghese, Staff Writer April 20, 2021

Generation Z (individuals born after 1996) is the most racially and ethnically diverse generation and is set to be the best-educated generation yet. It is also referred to as “digital natives,”...

Coppell High School geometry and honors algebra II teacher Chase Cairns has a pet rock, Rick James, that adds character to his classroom. Crains has been teaching at CHS for two years and uses his childhood past to help make his classroom a better learning environment.

Teacher of the Week: Cairns childhood memory to encourage perseverance

Sapna Amin, Staff Writer April 16, 2021

Coppell High School geometry and honors algebra II teacher Chase Cairns has taught at CHS for two years. His teaching style and the way he approaches life derives from his childhood. One day, when he was...

Dear High School Student: Dr. Bianca Benitez

Angelina Liu, Staff Photographer April 7, 2021

“Dear High School Student” is a weekly student life series in which a student or staff member from Coppell High School gives a piece of advice to a part of or the whole student body.  As fresh-out-of...

Coppell High School administrative assistant to the associate principal Veena Bhat works in her office on March 22. Bhat has worked as a library assistant and substitute teacher in the educational field, as well as with advertising for Gulf Air and American Airlines prior to her current position.

Libraries and advertising and band, oh my!

Sally Parampottil, Executive Editor-in-Chief April 6, 2021

When the world seemed to come to a halt three-fourths of the way into last school year, the silence at Coppell High School was deafening. As a woman often surrounded by sound - of students, of fellow faculty,...

Coppell High School Chinese teacher Angela Voelker plays Chineasy Tiles to help identify words and terms in C133 with her Chinese I class during her eighth period on March 11. Voelker was selected by The Sidekick staff as the fifth Teacher of the Issue for the 2020-21 school year. Photo by Lilly Gorman

Teacher of the Issue: Voelker celebrating Chinese culture through engagement

Victoria Hertel, Student Life Editor April 6, 2021

Coppell High School AP and honors Chinese teacher lived in Taiwan until 2005; there she studied finance and business management at Providence University. After moving to the United States, she became a...

AP World History teacher Connor Blake lectures to his class during seventh period on Jan. 15. Blake was selected as Teacher of the Week for the 2020-21 school year.

Teacher of the Week: Blake bringing insight into classroom

Mel Venegas, Staff Writer April 1, 2021

Coppell High School history teacher Connor Blake has taught in Coppell for three years since graduating from the University of North Texas. Officially beginning his career as a teacher here in Coppell,...

Coppell High School forensic science teacher Sandy Kirkpatrick has been teaching forensics for four years. Kirkpatrick majored in criminal justice and used to be a DNA analyst for the University of North Texas Center of Human Identification.

Investigation is in her DNA (with video)

Angelina Liu, Staff Writer March 30, 2021 Coppell High School forensic science teacher Sandy Kirkpatrick has been teaching for eight years, four of those years being forensics. Watch The Sidekick staff photographer...

Coppell High School graphic design and illustration teacher Cindy Wolfe majored in industrial technology at Ball State University in Indiana. Wolfe was the only woman  majoring in her department, making her one of the first female industrial arts teachers in the states of Indiana and Oklahoma.

Women’s History Month: Wolfe leads the pack with pioneer mentality

Sapna Amin, Staff Writer March 23, 2021

When Coppell High School graphic design and illustration, animation and digital media teacher Cindy Wolfe was growing up, she was not allowed to wear pants. Though an article of clothing may seem minor,...

Coppell High School AP and honors chemistry teacher Courtney Crosby teaches a lesson on solubility during her second period class on Wednesday. Crosby has been selected for The Sidekick teacher of the week and has taught at CHS for two years.

Teacher of the Week: Crosby changing what “mistake” means for students

Manasa Mohan, Staff Writer March 12, 2021

For the past three years, Coppell High School AP and honors chemistry teacher Courtney Crosby has emphasized the importance of her students understanding that making mistakes is one step in the right direction...

Coppell High School senior Yiwei Shen is a multi talented artist in both drawing and music. Shen receives Student of the Week for being in the top five percent while using her work ethic and creativity.

Student of the Week: Shen embraces, rediscovers creative hobbies

Sapna Amin, Staff Writer March 12, 2021

Coppell High School senior Yiwei Shen is a culmination of things. She is an AP student. She is a National Merit finalist. She is a Presidential Scholar nominee. She is ranked in the top 5% of her class....

Coppell High School ESL facilitator Timothy Watson has taught English in China and Taiwan for 15 years. After facing challenges due to language and cultural barriers, Watson uses his experience as he teaches at CHS.

Watson reminiscing over teaching experience in China and Taiwan

Drishti Gupta, Staff Writer March 12, 2021

Devastating earthquakes. Catastrophic massacres. Jam-packed traffic. Stares. Name calling. None were unfamiliar to Coppell High School ESL teacher Timothy Watson as a foreigner teaching English in China...

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