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Coppell Student Media

The official student news site of Coppell High School

Coppell Student Media

The official student news site of Coppell High School

Coppell Student Media

Anika Arutla

Anika Arutla , Social Media Manager

Anika is a senior at Coppell High School and it is her third year on the Sidekick staff. When she isn't writing, you can find her reading, watching movies, doing her IB homework and spending time with her family and friends.

You can contact her at [email protected] or follow her on twitter @AnikaArutla

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Coppell High School senior Pranitha Kona is ranked tenth in the class of 2020. Kona plans to attend the University of Texas at Austin in the fall.

Pranitha Kona

Anika Arutla, Social Media Manager
May 14, 2020
Coppell High School senior Shreyas Rajagopal is ranked fourth in the class of 2020. Rajagopal is attending Emory University in Atlanta as a debate scholar with a major in anthropology.

Shreyas Rajagopal

Anika Arutla, Social Media Manager
May 14, 2020
Coppell High School senior Andrew Tao practices the marimba during a private lesson in the fine arts hallway on Jan. 23. Tao is a percussionist with the CHS band who has qualified to All-State for all four years of high school.

Tao drumming to All-State four years in a row

Anika Arutla, Social Media Manager
February 3, 2020
The Cowboys lost to the Hawks, 1-3, in their first district 6-6A home match. Coppell senior midfielder Caleb Razo dribbles against Hebron on Tuesday at Buddy Echols Field.

Second half surge lifts Hawks over Coppell

Anika Arutla, Social Media Manager
January 29, 2020
The Coppell wrestling team won the Santa Slam at the CHS Arena on Dec. 22. The team travels to the Houston Westside Chicken Wing Tournament from Jan. 10-11.

Wrestling

Anika Arutla, Social Media Manager
January 10, 2020
CHS9 biology teacher Laronna Doggett works with her students on a cellular respiration worksheet. Doggett’s passion for the ocean has allowed her to teach students in a unique way.

Love for ocean fuels biology teaching

Anika Arutla, Social Media Manager
December 10, 2019
Coppell senior left wing Clark Parlier handles the puck on Oct. 28 at the Dr Pepper StarsCenter in Valley Ranch. Parlier is also a captain of the Coppell varsity tennis team while balancing school work.

Dual citizenship, dual sports

Anika Arutla, Social Media Manager
November 12, 2019
The Sidekick staff writer Anika Arutla thinks the current youth’s carefree mentality can have consequences by comparing it with the popular Lifetime TV show “You.” In the TV show, a stalker named, Joe, becomes obsessed with a girl named Beck, who keeps her social media public and does not take precautions to maintain her safety.

We are our biggest fear

Anika Arutla, Staff Writer
April 17, 2019
Best hangout spot: Starbucks

Best hangout spot: Starbucks

Anika Arutla, Staff Writer
April 3, 2019
Coppell High School 2012 graduate Madiha Lakhani launched her own makeup brand, Madz Cosmetica, earlier this year.  Madz Cosmetica is selling liquid lipstick that is hypoallergenic, paraben-free, cruelty-free, vegan and hydrating.

Monetizing Passion

Anika Arutla, Staff Writer
March 1, 2019
Travel, family, full stomachs

Travel, family, full stomachs

Anika Arutla, Staff Writer
December 5, 2018
Junior staff writer Anika Arutla examines the growth of feminism and its effect on the local community in relation to politics. Kavanaugh got confirmed into the Supreme Court with a 48/50 vote.

Kavanaugh’s effect on feminism

Anika Arutla, Staff Writer
November 14, 2018
Staff writer Anika Arutla talks about the history of voting and her excitement about voting. Political signs are lined along the road to Coppell Town Center for upcoming midterm election on Nov. 9.

I have a voice, I want to use it

Anika Arutla, Staff Writer
November 6, 2018
CHS9 teacher, Madhavi Phadke, is a former AP Environmental Science and IB Biology teacher at Coppell High School who now teaches Biology at CHS9. There are various differences between teaching at CHS and CHS9 including the atmosphere and teaching styles.

Moving from the sea to a pond

Anika Arutla, Staff Writer
September 21, 2018
Fall is approaching and pumpkins are being sold at stores such as Tom Thumb. This season calls for many opportunities to enjoy the cool weather including movies such Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Venom.

Cooler weather, spooky movies

Anika Arutla, Staff Writer
September 19, 2018
Donald Trump addressing supporters at his Fort Worth rally in 2016. It has been a year since Trump was sworn into office and he has kept promises as well as broken them.

One year of Trump

Anika Arutla, Staff Writer
February 2, 2018
For years, women around the world have advocated as well as fought against the mistreatment and abuse inflicted upon them by men. Recently Hollywood has also joined the movement, as seen with Oprah Winfrey’s Golden Globes Awards acceptance speech, to fight against the horrendous acts committed against females of this era.

Fighting for justice

Anika Arutla, staff writer
January 27, 2018
Senior Wyatt Priest, after scoring a goal during a playoff game his sophomore year. They won the game 2-0 and advanced in the playoffs.

Scoring a position at SMU

Anika Arutla, Staff Writer
December 12, 2017
Sophomore Lauren Kellet, goalie on the CHS varsity girls soccer team, saving a ball during practice on December 1. Lauren committed to TCU earlier this year.

Securing a scholarship to TCU

Anika Arutla, Staff Writer
December 12, 2017
In 2018, several anticipated films will hit the big screen for movie fanatics. These movies include Avengers: Infinity War, Black Panther, A Wrinkle in Time and Incredibles 2.

Year of nostalgia

Anika Arutla, Staff Writer
November 30, 2017
Season one of Netflix’s original show Stranger Things released on July 15, 2016 and received lots of popularity within weeks. Season two recently released on Halloween.

Strangest worldwide phenomenon

Anika Arutla, Staff Writer
November 7, 2017
The 14 girls participating in the women’s self defense class practice using pressure points. Pressure points can knock out the attacker with a simple hit. The classes take place at the Coppell Police Department on Wednesday’s from 6:30 - 8 p.m.

Building confidence

Anika Arutla, Staff Writer
November 3, 2017
Coppell High School seniors Macy Johnson, who plays  Morticia Addams, and Mark Beshai who plays Gomez Addams, sing during a romantic scene of “The Addams Family” on Saturday night in the auditorium. “The Addams Family” musical will also be performed this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Dark play with a twist

Anika Arutla, Staff Writer
October 24, 2017
Coppell High School sophomores Jane Kim and Ethan DePew’s designs were selected from all the art classes at CHS to be sold as stickers to raise money for Hurricane Harvey relief. All proceeds are being donated to the American Black Cross. They are being sold in are teacher David Bearden’s room, E103.

Sticker sale for Harvey

Anika Arutla, Staff Writer
October 20, 2017
Coppell High School’s KCBY-TV adviser Irma Kennedy talks about being a finalist for the 2017 National Scholastic Press Association Broadcast Pacemaker award on Tuesday. The NSPA Pacemaker is a prestigious award for high school media, which KCBY won in 2015.

KCBY nominated for Pacemaker award

Anika Arutla, Staff Writer
September 18, 2017
Cars are displayed at the fourth annual car show in Main Street Coppell on Sept. 10. The fourth annual Coppell Car Show is hosted by the Coppell High School solar car team.

Fourth Annual Coppell Car Show

Anika Arutla, Staff Writer
September 16, 2017
Coppell Mayor Karen Hunt and former Coppell Mayor Andrew Brown cut the ribbon at the grand opening of Andy Brown Park West on Saturday. The community came together to witness the official opening of the park.

Grand opening of Andy Brown Park West

Anika Arutla, Staff Writer
September 11, 2017
Cars on Allen Parkway at Studemont Street are submerged in water due to flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey. Allen Parkway was hit particularly hard due to its proximity to downtown Houston.

Life during the hurricane

Anika Arutla, Staff Writer
September 1, 2017
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