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Stories from Coppell High School
Comfort in the chaos
Features

Sreeja Mudumby | November 23, 2020

Bags sealed.

Mask on.

Boxes delivered.

Community served.

Mission accomplished.

This is a frequent routine for Project Querencia, which means safe space in Spanish, a non-profit founded by…

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Understanding mental, physical aspects of pacing, distance racing
Sports

Anjali Krishna | November 17, 2020

Whether pushing off the starting block for a 500-yard freestyle or starting a 5K run alongside many others, distinct patterns emerge as long-distance racers compete using various strategies tailored to…

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Sports team loyalties: lifelong or adaptable?
Sports

Anjali Vishwanath | November 17, 2020

It is hard to be a New England Patriots fan in Texas. Sports are typically a connection point; people commiserate over the shared joy of a win and sit in silence together after a major loss.

How do…

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KCBY livestreams making Coppell sports a click away (with video)
Sports

Sapna Amin | November 9, 2020

With the subtle adjustment of a camera lens and the dedicated camera running alongside the ball, the cheer of the adoring crowd can come to life on a cell phone. Thanks to the KCBY-TV crew and special…

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Adding texture to paint
Features

Avani Kashyap | November 6, 2020

In 1999, a small, unused fire station was converted to Coppell’s first Center for the Arts. Twenty-one years later, in the midst of a pandemic, the first, brand new Coppell Arts Center had its opening…

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Election Day stirring speculation about delayed results in evolving political climate
Features

Shivi Sharma | November 5, 2020

Polling locations across the country opened for the final time in 2020 this morning for Election Day. In Coppell, seven locations: Wilson Elementary, Lakeside Elementary, Cottonwood Creek Elementary, Riverchase…

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Secret ingredient is Ginger
Features

Sreeja Mudumby | October 30, 2020

The smell of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies in the oven. The perfect pink dollop of icing on the top of a cake. The smiling faces of people who take their bite of a warm, soft, doughy cinnamon roll.

True…

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LGBT community welcomed into religious spaces by Pope
Opinions

Mel Venegas | October 29, 2020

Children are flowers, unique and a blessing to their families, regardless of their identities.

This sentiment was shared by Pope Francis on Sept. 16 after meeting with an Italian LGBT Christian group….

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Sew many masks, so little time for local senior group of crocheters
Features

Anette Varghese | October 28, 2020

When the community calls, the ladies of the Coppell Senior and Community Center group called Knit Wits answer, whether it be in the form of crocheting baby products or making masks for a global pandemic.

The…

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Dodging COVID-19 (with video)
Sports

Sreeja Mudumby | October 26, 2020

Since Oct. 20, GlobeLife Field in Arlington has been filled with swinging bats, shouting fans and good vibes.

But most importantly, competition.

The 2020 World Series is taking place at Globe…

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Deinhammer featured by Apple for CMS East gardening class
Features

Anjali Vishwanath | October 22, 2020

The Coppell Middle School East course guide has expanded to include one new elective course: seventh grade science teacher Jodie Deinhammer’s gardening class. Deinhammer also leads the CMS East Sustainability…

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The bottom line
Sports

Sally Parampottil | October 21, 2020

The modern perception of football would not exist without linemen.

The thuds of bodies slamming into one another, the grunts and huffs of players as they grapple, the iconic row of squat poses as the…

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TikTok considering global headquarters in Texas
News

Torie Peck | October 9, 2020

Logging on to the popular social media platform TikTok, viewers are faced by a continuous stream of videos. With comedy, sports, dance and many other video genres, the app has more than 500 million downloads…

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From the stands to the sidelines: Colclasure sisters cheering together despite past sport experiences
Sports

Victoria Hertel | October 7, 2020

A decade ago, marching into the crowded football stadium at the University of Nebraska, the Colclasure family could be spotted cheering for the Cornhuskers from the stands. In these moments, the charisma…

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Latina and beyond
Features

Sreeja Mudumby | October 6, 2020

As she waves goodbye to the beaches and swaying trees of Mexico, her eyes dart at the big red, white and blue flag. A tingle occurs, followed by a shiver.

Woman.

Doesn’t know English.

No paternal…

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The ramifications, realizations of racial inequality
News

Shreya Beldona | October 2, 2020

Discrimination.
“I can take a joke,” Coppell High School sophomore Faith Smith said. “But I can’t take racism disguised as a joke.”

Whether the intention behind acts of discrimination are…

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Conducting local elections during pandemic
News

Shivi Sharma | September 30, 2020

I vote in every election because…

Each of the over 100 letters Coppell parent and former 2018 Coppell ISD Board of Trustees candidate Dan Koller signed as part of Vote Forward, a nonpartisan initiative…

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Fighting for justice for all
News

Shivi Sharma | September 22, 2020

Since the 1970s, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg pioneered the fight for women’s rights through her work on equal pay and sex-based discrimination cases. At the time of her appointment in 1993,…

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Opinion: The depression epidemic
Opinions

Camila Villarreal | September 21, 2020

For six months, America has waited for the disaster of COVID-19 to be over. For six months, the steady rhythm of our daily lives has been warped and tampered with. We have locked our doors, closed our…

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Chasing the ‘pawsitives’ of COVID-19
Features

Avani Kashyap | September 16, 2020

While the rest of the world is counting the days until COVID-19 is finally over, there are some who may never want it to end: pets.

As a result of isolation during the pandemic, many people have been…

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NBA players’ boycott resonating through Coppell
Sports

Anjali Krishna | September 4, 2020

The Milwaukee Bucks’ decision to strike on Aug. 26 – announced just moments before their game against the Orlando Magic – began a domino effect including every remaining playoff team in the NBA.

In…

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Virtual environment provides new experiences for elementary, middle school learners to start school year
News

Sapna Amin | September 3, 2020

For Coppell ISD students, the transition to remote learning means that the kitchen table, bedroom, and backyard all double as a classroom, making it increasingly difficult to separate home life from…

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Opinion: A sign of the times
Opinions

Sally Parampottil | September 1, 2020

With each snip of the scissors, another lock of hair fell to the ground. As nearly six inches of black waves were severed, a small pile formed at my feet. It was my first haircut since May of 2019. 

Time…

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Music serving as key player for sports
Sports

Angela Yuan | May 21, 2020

The player scores a touchdown, and a tune blasts across the bleachers and field, sending adrenaline rippling through the roaring crowd.

Music is not associated foremost with sports, but the two intersect…

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Seniors grapple with unusual graduation, reflect on high school
Coronavirus

Akansha Singh | May 18, 2020

March 6 – the last day before spring break – was a day few Coppell High School seniors could have predicted would be their last day on campus.

For the past two months, social distancing requirements…

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Volunteers conduct mass COVID-19 antibody testing on campus
Coronavirus

Avani Kashyap | May 18, 2020

On May 2, in the midst of rain and 25 mph winds, volunteers spent their day conducting COVID-19 antibody tests at Coppell High School.

The drive-through testing, organized by Metroplex Medical Centres,…

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Coppell’s blooming business scene: present condition, tackling COVID-19 and future ambitions
Features

Akif Abidi | May 18, 2020

Coppell is a prime example of the tremendous growth North Texas cities have been experiencing the past few decades– booming from approximately 16,000 residents to 42,000 residents in the last 30 years.

As…

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Stitching for safety
Coronavirus

Shivi Sharma | May 6, 2020

Doctors and nurses treating coronavirus patients across the country are grappling with a severe lack of personal protective equipment (PPE) and many are forced to use the same face masks for multiple days.

For…

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Behind the scenes
Features

Alishba Javaid | May 4, 2020

One week Coppell freshman Matthew McCann is attending school and the next he is filming a CBS show in front of a live studio audience in Los Angeles.

McCann plays the middle child, Teddy Burns, on the…

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Reed’s legacy of nurture, care lives on in family
Elementary School

Karen Lu | May 4, 2020

A legacy is the story of a person’s life — the things they did, the places they went, the people they met; it’s what a person leaves behind to be remembered by. For Denton resident Jean Reed, her…

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Coronavirus is not an outlet for racism
Coronavirus

Camila Villarreal | April 27, 2020

When the world goes reeling into a global crisis, many people have different ways of responding. Some come to the aid of those in need, others find ways to protect their loved ones and a select group of…

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A guide to the poetic side of rap: the underappreciated lingua franca of music
Arts & Entertainment

Akif Abidi | April 23, 2020

“Poetry lifts the veil from the hidden beauty of the world…And makes familiar objects be as if they were not familiar.”

These are the words of Romantic era English poet Percy Blysshe Shelley.

Since…

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COVID-19 creating dangerous environments for victims of domestic abuse
Coronavirus

Avani Kashyap | April 22, 2020

When Dallas County issued a shelter-in-place order on March 23, domestic abuse shelter officials anticipated a high uptake in the volume of calls they received. To their surprise, the social distancing…

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Keeping your distance
Coronavirus

Shivi Sharma | April 20, 2020

At 11 a.m., Kelly’s Texican Grill owner Lawrence Kelly pushes open his restaurant’s door, his footsteps breaking the silence that surrounds the unmoved chairs and tables. Sunlight seeps through the windows…

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Bear Hunt spreading love among residents
Coronavirus

Tracy Tran | April 17, 2020

Smiling faces scan windows for the presence of a teddy bear.

Kids in Coppell are finding their fun by following the Bear Hunt challenge. Many Coppell residents have joined this challenge, putting animal…

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Adjusting to school from home: the impacts of online learning throughout district
Coronavirus

Sapna Amin | April 15, 2020

Bedrooms have been substituted for classrooms, parents’ cooking serves as cafeteria food and siblings have become friends.

Due to the coronavirus, Coppell ISD began distance learning on March 23….

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Double tasking as students, essential workers
Coronavirus

Sally Parampottil | April 10, 2020

When Coppell High School senior Jane Kim was called into work on a day she had off, she assumed she was just picking up a shift because another worker did not show up. When she arrived at the Tom Thumb…

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Girls just wanna have fun without facing inherent biases
Opinions

Anvitha Reddy | April 9, 2020

High school debate just doesn’t have enough women.

“When you walk into a room and there’s my partner [Coppell junior Arnav Kashyap] and he’s male and the other team has both males and the judge…

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Johnson paving career in voice acting after high school
Features

Camila Villarreal | April 8, 2020

What do you want to be when you grow up?

The response to the question every student tries to answer throughout their lives came easy to 2018 Coppell High School alumni Macy Johnson, who knew right away…

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COVID-19 brings out the best in us
Coronavirus

Akansha Singh | April 7, 2020

There is no doubt that we are living in a turbulent time. The global coronavirus pandemic has halted our daily schedules, turning active city centers into scenes out of a ghost town.

The virus presents…

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V is for vegan
Features

Shreya Beldona | April 6, 2020

It is the little asterisk, the green leaf, the “v,” the check mark to look for. It is a symbol of inclusivity, a respite from the alienation faced when going out. It is what plant-based eaters/vegans…

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CISD implements new pass or fail grading policy for fourth nine weeks
Coronavirus

Akansha Singh | March 31, 2020

Amidst a district-wide shift to online curriculum, Coppell ISD has changed grading practices such that final and three-week report cards will reflect either a passing or failing grade for the fourth nine…

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‘Future Nostalgia’ is seamless combination of old and new
Arts & Entertainment

Anthony Cesario | March 31, 2020

With the release of Future Nostalgia on Friday, Dua Lipa has done a full 180 on the term “sophomore slump” and created one of the best pop albums of the last decade.

Far surpassing the quality of…

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Pushed to the sidelines
Sports

Sally Parampottil | March 26, 2020

Google “female sports journalists” and look at the first page of results.

Of the nine results, four of them are about the struggles of being a woman in sports journalism. Two showcased female reporters…

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How a positive mindset can empower female athletes
Sports

Nanette Pottoore | March 25, 2020

During winter break, my brother and I attended a sports tournament my local church held every two years. I played volleyball, while my brother played basketball. It was a tournament where high schoolers…

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A few cards short of a full deck
Sports

Yash Ravula | March 24, 2020

**Disclaimer: the following article includes discussions about sexual assault, which may be sensitive to some readers**

With the rise in movements such as #MeToo in 2017, many women have come forward…

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International IB exams canceled for 2020 Diploma, Course Certificate candidates
Coronavirus

Shivi Sharma | March 24, 2020

Today, the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) announced the cancellation of all IB exams internationally that were scheduled from April 30 through May 24 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The…

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COVID-19 pandemic shuts down local entertainment culture, brings struggles for eatery owners
Coronavirus

Shravya Mahesh | March 24, 2020

With coronavirus (COVID-19) cases growing nationally and locally, Dallas County and the City of Coppell have mandated numerous closures, cancelations and modifications to entertainment-related activities…

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Coppell sports suspended amid COVID-19 concerns
Coronavirus

Sally Parampottil | March 20, 2020

Coppell athletics is seeing a stop in all sports following an official announcement from the University Interscholastic League (UIL) prohibiting competition until May 4 due to concerns over the spread…

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#SJW2020: The brain behind the game
Sports

Karen Lu | March 18, 2020

In a split second, a soccer player kicks the ball into the goal. Cheers erupt from the stands; grins spread across the coach’s face. But how exactly did they score? What was the strategy behind the play?

Coppell…

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