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Dear High School Student: Zane Porter (with video)

Dear High School Student: Zane Porter (with video)
Nandini Muresh, Staff Photographer January 22, 2021 Coppell High School assistant principal Zane Porter shares his advice for the rest of the school year to the student body and faculty. Watch The Sidekick’s weekly series...

Teacher of the Week: Leyendecker normalizing mental illness through caring guidance

Coppell High School AP psychology teacher Kristia Leyendecker has worked at Coppell ISD since 2014. Leyendecker was inspired to get her teaching degree through her nine to 10 years of working in municipal government in Illinois, responsibilities in Human Resources and teaching Bible study.
Trisha Atluri, Advertising/Circulation Manager January 22, 2021

For the past five years, Coppell High School AP psychology teacher Kristia Leyendecker has educated students about the importance of caring about mental health. Leyendecker began teaching as a substitute...

Manandhar siblings reaching goals: Duo donating soccer cleats to Nepal, mental awareness campaign

Coppell High School senior Binivaa Manandhar and 2017 CHS l graduate and co-founder Bishesh Manandhar organize cleats and soccer balls outside of their home on Saturday. Soccer For Nepal was established in 2016 after the Manandhar siblings realized the dangers the lack of cleats can cause as children play barefoot in Nepal.
Anette Varghese, Staff Writer January 21, 2021

It was during his sophomore year while playing on the varsity soccer team that now 2017 Coppell High School graduate Bishesh Manandhar realized how fortunate he was to play with cleats on his feet and...

Student of the Week: Diggikar reflects on over two years of work

Coppell High School junior Poojitha Diggikar is the Student Council vice president for the class of 2022. Diggikar works with her peers to improve CHS during the pandemic.
Mel Venegas, Staff Writer January 20, 2021

Coppell High School junior Student Council vice president Poojitha Diggikar has been on Student Council more than two and a half years. She balances her commitment to the organization with several other...

Asking teachers: Career advice from top educators

Due to COVID-19, school has changed a lot this year and has been difficult for some. Coppell High School teachers give advice on finding a career and navigating through these times of struggle.
Iniya Nathan, Staff Writer December 17, 2020

When we were younger, our elementary teachers usually asked us this question: what do you want to be when you grow up? The answer to this question was easy: we wanted to be the astronaut that floated in...

Coppell for Youth tying community together with friendship

Coppell High School sophomores Meghana Ambati, Ananya Andiki, Apurva Betgar, Anusha Patel and Maya Palavali come together to make bracelets to give away to children on Wednesday at Andy Brown Park East for the Coppell For Youth club. They donated goodie bags to children in hospitals to brighten their mood during the holidays.
Sapna Amin, Staff Writer December 11, 2020

As the white, purple and gold string tightly intertwined, five sophomores and more than 50 children in hospitals became connected through the friendship bracelets they all shared. Coppell for Youth brought...

Coppell debate students speak on the big picture at TEDx Youth

Coppell High School junior Natasha Banga, sophomore Zachary Li and Coppell Middle School West seventh grader Pranav Krishnan spoke at the TEDx Youth @ ArchesPoint on Nov. 7. All three students are involved in speech and debate which gave them the opportunity to talk at the TEDx about their major concerns of 2020.
Anjali Vishwanath December 10, 2020

From mental health advocacy to the importance of looking back, the eight speeches of the Nov. 7 conference captured major concerns of life in 2020. Of the eight speakers at the TEDx Youth @ ArchesPoint...

Null captures photography in personal business

Coppell High School senior Bella Null takes photos at Andy Brown Park East on Monday. Null created her own photography business and is going out of her comfort zone, capturing object oriented photos, instead of her typical portraits.
Sreehitha Moravaneni, Staff Writer December 9, 2020

From the click of an iPhone screen to the press of a camera button, her passion evolved into a greater picture. For Coppell High School senior Bella Null photography was once a mere interest, until...

Mixing it up: Special Needs Department creates coffee bar

Coppell High School special education students and faculty are starting a coffee bar that will be located at the concession stand outside the cafeteria. The coffee bar will be open to CHS students and employees starting in January. Photo by Nandini Muresh
Victoria Hertel, Student Life Editor December 9, 2020

The aroma of flavorful coffee and sweet creamer replaces popcorn, candy and Dr Pepper in the commons concession stand. Students, parents and teachers alike gather for fresh treats and conversations, but...

Social Butterflies Club forming bonds with senior citizens

Coppell High School senior Social Butterflies Club president Jillian Richter writes a letter to the senior citizens of Coppell at Andy Brown Park on Thursday. Letters and other ongoing projects from the club provide the elderly an outlet to avoid loneliness during this pandemic.
Varshitha Korrapolu, Staff Writer December 7, 2020

Elderly people in the community usually have warm-hearted, comforting smiles across their faces whenever young people greet them. They portray generosity and kindness through wisdom they share with youth.  However,...

10 questions with The Sidekick

10 questions with The Sidekick
Blanche Harris, Social Media Manager December 6, 2020 Wondering what Coppell High School looks like on the inside? Want to know what a Red Jacket is and what do they do? Join senior Red Jacket Ambassador Jamie Welsh as she...

Q&A: From algebra I to statistics: Lidster measuring up to standards while biking, gaming

Coppell High School AP statistics teacher Paul Lidster assists CHS senior Kayla Mitchell during his fourth period class on Thursday. Lidster has taught various subjects at CHS such as algebra I and II, geometry and AP statistics.
Sarah Habib, Staff Writer November 20, 2020

It was in high school where Coppell High School AP statistics teacher Paul Lidster found his love for teaching by helping struggling students around him in his percussion class. One math and teaching fused...

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