Coppell Student Media

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Deception, over-zealous ambition leading to college résumé padding

In recent years, there has been a rise in the number of high school students who participate in activities for the sole purpose of helping their college applications. The Sidekick staff writer Akif Abidi explains how obsessing over padding for college applications can be harmful to one’s college career.

Akif Abidi, Staff Writer

September 3, 2019

In recent times, colleges are giving more weight to a student’s extracurricular activities by looking beyond just test scores and GPAs. This, hypothetically, is great, as it allows students to explore the world outside just their textbook and pursue their passions.  Unfortunately, in competitive environments n...

Dismantling mistruths

Coppell ISD has been taking measures to reframe the district’s academic structure for more than a year. After the college admissions scandals in early March, CISD is planning even more significant action.

Christine Zacuai, Executive News Editor

April 2, 2019

Disheartenment and anger faced the nation when admissions into numerous top-tier universities across the nation involved crimes such as bribery and fraud. In all its unethicality, the FBI’s “Operation Varsity Blues” investigation only confirmed what Coppell ISD knew already: there is no one track road to success. Through the tampering of test scores, millio...

CISD College Night allows students to gain experience, information from ideal colleges (with video)

Derrick McKee from Texas Southern University explains to Coppell High School junior Anusha Karekar talks about the basics of the University such as the requirements and degrees they offer.

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Claire Clements, Editorial Page Editor

September 19, 2018

On Thursday, Coppell High School welcomed 161 colleges to the lecture hall, commons, cafeteria and main hallway.   College Night allows CHS students to gather important information and speak with representatives from their colleges of choice. Dallas-Fort Worth recruiters for several universit...

On the Spot: A life-changing signature for athletes

Coppell athletes smile for the camera after signing their letters of intent during the National Signing Day on Feb. 7. Athletes are looking forward to playing at their intended college this upcoming semester in order to pursue their passions.

Pramika Kadari, Staff Writer

February 7, 2018

Across the United States, star high school athletes woke up this morning in anticipation of a life changing signature. Today is the first National Signing Day of 2018 as nationwide, student athletes are signing a binding contract to further their athletic passion on the collegiate level.   Coppell High S...

CHS athletes sign on to continue their passion on next level

Coppell High School senior Gabi Badillo smiles for the camera with her coach after signing with Oklahoma Christian University on National Signing Day. Students are signing their letters of intent for the college they intend to play for in the upcoming year.

Pramika Kadari, Staff Writer

November 9, 2017

  Five student athletes, in addition to their friends, family and coaches, gathered in the Coppell High School arena yesterday at 8 a.m. for National Signing Day.   Senior Breanne Chausse signed to play volleyball at Sam Houston State University, senior Janane Tan to playing go...

Plan for tomorrow, live today (not the other way around)

Students at Coppell High School are so focused on grades and GPA that their social lives start to suffer. As students start to feel isolated, their levels of stress can increase.

Anthony Cesario, Staff Writer

October 26, 2017

I love talking with my friends, but somehow every conversation ends up being about GPA, the “top 10 percent” or how school takes up too much of our time and how tired we are.   I understand the issue. Many of my friends have been brought up to accept nothing less than A’s in their classe...

The right fit: Hirpara chooses to study fashion in LA

Coppell High School senior Rakhi Hirpara chooses a merchandising product development major at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles. At this school, she make her dream to become a couture designer a reality.

Rutuja Joshi, Staff Writer

May 5, 2017

Typical STEM, business and liberal arts majors did not pique Coppell High School senior Rakhi Hirpara’s interest when she chose her major. Instead, the world of apparel pulled her towards a unique and artistic future. Hirpara will be attending the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM)...

Straight from the seniors: CHS seniors offer academic, college-related advice

Straight from the seniors: CHS seniors offer academic, college-related advice

Rutuja Joshi, Staff Writer

March 3, 2017

While walking these halls for four years, one thought has loomed over the minds of many: college.   A lot of what we do as students is to contribute to where we will be for the next four years. The classes we take and the extracurricular activities that we participate in are often driven...

New Priorities: As Coppell High School seniors enter their last semester in high school, focus shifts to family and friends

Cutline: Coppell High School senior Rutuja Joshi reflects on her last semester of high school. Posing under the class of 2017 sign, Joshi wears “senior overalls” to participate in the CHS senior year tradition.

Rutuja Joshi, Staff Writer

February 3, 2017

  I remember in my freshman year when I set up a countdown to graduation and it measured over 1000 days. Now, I see just over 100.   As seniors enter their second and last semester of high school, a wave of emotions hits. Years ago, I awaited the time when my GPA and rank would freeze. I awaited the time when...

Stories beyond words

Coppell High School senior Chulmin Han carefully finishes one of his 17 art pieces on Friday at the Top Art Studio in Carrollton. He will then turn in his completed art pieces to apply to his dream art school-Rhode Island School of Design.

Jessica Jun, Staff Writer

September 19, 2016

Mixed colors, scattered brushes, and crumbles of papers filled the studio. He picks up a thin paint brush, dips it in the teal colored paint, and slowly adds the finishing detail to his piece.   A smile smears across his face as Coppell High School senior Chulmin Han finishes his first col...

AP classes- too good to be true?

AP classes- too good to be true?

Avery Davis, Staff Writer

May 6, 2016

Ask anyone trying to make the top 10 percent of their respective class, and they will tell you that taking Advanced Placement classes is hugely important to getting there.   Not only can these AP courses boost your high school Grade Point Average, but they also can give you hours of colleg...

Making it count: how end of school year should be spent

 Seniors discuss their summer plans during Kim Thibodeaux's AP English IV class on Friday.

Lili Lomas, Staff Writer

May 3, 2016

By Lili Lomas Staff writer   It is the beginning of May which means we we are in the home stretch of the school year. However, these last few weeks of school should be made the most out of, not overlooked.   We always complain about how high school is hard, how we are “overburdened” by ...