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The best stories being published on the SNO Sites network

Best of SNO

The best stories being published on the SNO Sites network

Best of SNO

Stories from Coppell High School
Porandla navigating political reality in self-published fantasy novel
Arts & Entertainment

Saniya Koppikar | September 19, 2022

The towns appear to be packed with rapidly moving, bustling villagers who seem nothing other than ordinary at first glance, but when I focus on just one, it’s evident that a mystic glee radiates from…

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Three generations, one love for dance
Arts & Entertainment

Tracy Tran | May 27, 2022

Closing her eyes, her body naturally felt the rhythms of the song. Tiptoeing in small movements, she explored her new happiness in dancing. The 3-year-old Arisha Hasan started dancing as if she was born…

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High school sweetheart edition: Pawfect friend brightens schooldays
Features

Tracy Tran | May 18, 2022

Being side by side, a silent assistant carefully observes the students without leaving eyes for a second, keeping the professionalism in the job. A small movement would immediately be caught in his…

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Jiang writing her Fantaisie Impromptu
Features

Shrayes Gunna | May 10, 2022

Immersed in her own world, Coppell High School Class of 2022 valedictorian Mira Jiang crafts her newest novel in one of her two rooms. Its blue walls dotted with Winnie the Pooh decals from her home’s…

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The Dog Days are here again
Arts & Entertainment

Trisha Atluri | May 3, 2022

A ferocious lion, three superheroes, a cowboy, pretty pink princesses, a hula dancer and more performed at the Coppell Arts Center on Saturday.

All of the competitors had three things in common:…

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Establishing a momentum of leadership
Features

Sreeja Mudumby | April 20, 2022

The first thing that Coppell High School senior Om Agrawal noticed in his physics classroom was the swinging pendulum. While other students dreaded the concept, Agrawal saw it as an opportunity. 

When…

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“Vulnerability is true strength”
Features

Trisha Atluri | April 15, 2022

Since graduating from Coppell High School in 2014, Solomon Thomas has made an undeniable name for himself. 

Drafted No. 3 overall in 2017 by the San Francisco 49ers and signing with the New York Jets…

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Celebrities are not your friends
Opinions

Saniya Koppikar | April 14, 2022

The screen lights up blue in the darkness of the room, excitement flaring as the notification pings red announcing a midnight music drop.

Sleep doesn’t matter tonight, right?

After hours upon hours…

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New beginnings: Bailey crafting legacy as musical visionary
Arts & Entertainment

Trisha Atluri | April 1, 2022

One conversation with violin and viola player Jerry Bailey takes the listener in directions they never would have expected. 

Bailey, a seasoned classical musician, helped found the Galveston Symphony…

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“CHS has always been my heart”
Features

Anjali Krishna | February 17, 2022

Coppell High School Principal Laura Springer’s office is messy. It has Coppell shirts strewn over the worn couch and a blinking monitor with emails waiting for replies. Her office phone rings nonstop…

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Better together
Sports

Joanne Kim | February 9, 2022

A soccer ball rolls across bright green turf. Two small pairs of feet pass it back and forth. Laughter can be heard even from a distance.

This image is one that could be seen frequently in Coppell…

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Breaking the geographic divide
Sports

Torie Peck | February 8, 2022

Based on where you live in the United States, different sports take precedence. In the south, it’s football. In the north, it’s lacrosse. 

While sports such as football, baseball, basketball…

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Black History Month: Vanishing footprint left by Black community on pop culture
Arts & Entertainment

Minnie Gazawada | February 3, 2022

Slang, rhythm and blues, jazz, lettuce hem, hoop earrings and logomania.

What do they all have in common?

Their roots are found in Black history. 

Each has been impacted by the culture throughout…

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Adult language classes welcoming immigrants with open arms
Features

Yaamini Jois | January 28, 2022

Shortly after Coppell Middle School East closes for the day, a group of parents and grandparents meet in the school’s library for targeted ESL lessons. They are from different parts of the world but…

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Class ranks are just another number
Opinions

Manasa Mohan | January 27, 2022

It is almost time. Class ranks are released for the class of 2023. The time most juniors anticipate with either excitement or fear.  Conversations about when class ranks come out, who will be ranked,…

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Culture of referee abuse, pandemic plaguing soccer through referee shortage
Sports

Meer Mahfuz | January 24, 2022

Picture this.

You are a forward and you are playing in a tied match with just seconds remaining. You get a through ball played to you and make a beeline towards the goal to score the match winner.

Out…

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Respect the people behind the art
Arts & Entertainment

Joanne Kim | January 4, 2022

“Oh my God, Joanne. I’m literally more Asian than you.”

I stared blank-faced at my white friend who currently had a K-pop music video pulled up on her phone. She kept up with her favorite K-pop…

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Muslim students practicing weekly Friday prayers in library
News

Anette Varghese | December 30, 2021

Jum’ah (Friday) prayer, refers to when Muslims gather for congregational worship during Friday midday prayer time. Prayer is after a sermon (khutbah) from an imam. Group Friday prayer is encouraged for…

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Local attendees reflect over dangerous festival
News

Angelina Liu | December 29, 2021

What was meant to be a night of delight and joy with a lineup of artists including SZA, Lil Baby and Drake turned deadly as Astroworld  gasped for air and fought against the pressure of thousands…

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Editorial: Drill in on safety
Opinions

Editorial Board | December 21, 2021

On Oct. 6, an 18-year-old student opened fire at his high school in Arlington, killing one student and wounding one teacher. This is one of 21 high school shootings in the United States since August.

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Everything’s bigger in Texas
Features

Anjali Vishwanath | December 20, 2021

Texas is notorious for breaking the rules; as the only state that was once a country, remnants of that independence remain in the form of Texas flags and pledges in classrooms. Texas doesn’t just break…

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Del Ray embracing self on ‘Blue Banisters’
Arts & Entertainment

Shrayes Gunna | November 16, 2021

She once needed a man. She once needed a support system; someone to preserve the state of stability she cherished. But with a sudden rise to stardom, she soon embraced the majesty behind independence,…

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Making a new home
Features

Sreeja Mudumby | November 9, 2021

“Oh, you live in brown town, bro.”

“That place is peak brown town.”

If someone lives in brown town, they are referring to a space that has been inhabited by a flux of South Asian immigrants…

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Two brothers, two journeys, two goals (with video)
Sports

Iniya Nathan | November 5, 2021

Coppell senior Vinay Patel, tennis team captain, has one goal for his high school tennis career: make it to state this year. CHS9 student Shay Patel, a varsity player as well, has a different goal for…

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Limitless mindset propels Patel towards Air Force
Features

Varshitha Korrapolu | November 2, 2021

While most high school juniors are working towards getting their driver’s licenses, Coppell High School junior Adi Patel is up in the sky learning how to fly airplanes to receive his private pilot’s…

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Catna counters winter freeze with ingenuity
Features

Iniya Nathan | October 22, 2021

Last February will be remembered for a record-setting freeze leading to power outages and pipe bursts; a desperate time filled with desperate temperatures. 

CHS9 student Arya Catna, then Coppell Middle…

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Face the true value of your education
Opinions

Nathan Cheng | October 20, 2021

Education is important.

That is one statement that seems to be held sacred by those deemed “older and wiser” by society. And as such, it is an idea passed down from older to younger generations….

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Molding to the new normal
News

Akhila Gunturu | October 6, 2021

For many Coppell ISD students, the 2020-21 school year began in the silence of their bedrooms in front of a screen. Fast forward, and the school year finished in the same place, with only a screen to connect…

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Starting from scratch
Arts & Entertainment

Anjali Krishna | October 1, 2021

In Coppell High School senior Devika Kohli’s kitchen, banana bread and blueberry muffins are certified – tried and true recipes for the family.

When the pandemic closed schools in March 2020, Kohli…

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Day in life contributing to Rao’s future days in life
Features

Sreeja Mudumby | September 28, 2021

The power button on the computer turns luminescent as he sits up straight, pulls his blazer tighter over his shoulders and takes a sharp breath.

“Hello everyone, welcome back to Day as a Professional”

Though…

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Don’t write off English
Opinions

Anette Varghese | September 23, 2021

English is my first language, and the only language where I feel I can comfortably express myself. 

The majority of the U.S. population speaks English. According to Language Diversity and English Proficiency…

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Elbert shooting for music stardom
Music

Trisha Atluri | September 21, 2021

Lost in the music, her fingers pick the guitar strings independently of her mind, as naturally as if she was born with an instrument in her hand and a melody in her head.

Since graduating from Coppell…

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Bringing home gold
Sports

Torie Peck | September 17, 2021

Olympic gold medalists are of the most exclusive group of athletes on the globe. Now, Coppell’s own Chiaka Ogbogu has entered into this category of athletes.

In recognition of her achievements,…

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Former Cowboy to Aggie legend: Choate goes down in history after being named 12th Man
Sports

Meer Mahfuz | September 17, 2021

When you think of the star players of a football team, you think quarterbacks, running backs, receivers and probably a handful of defensive players. It would be a rarity for your mind to turn to a…

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Lohiya transforming self-taught skill into inspired masterpieces
Features

Trisha Atluri | June 1, 2021

As the persistent clicks of the sewing machine bounce off the blush-colored walls of her study, Coppell High School sophomore Mehak Lohiya settles into an easy rhythm. 

Just minutes before, Lohiya…

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“Better man, better husband, better father”
Showcase

Sally Parampottil | May 26, 2021

Coaching philosophies serve as guidelines for how coaches lead the team, including morals and values beyond just the sport itself. Ask a male coach with a male team his coaching philosophy and a common…

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FDA encourages adolescent vaccination in press conference
News

Anjali Krishna | May 25, 2021

On May 12, the Food and Drug administration lowered the age for receiving the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to 12 from 16 as an emergency use authorization (EUA) after the Center for Disease Control and FDA’s…

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Curiosity killed the cat but life threatens to kill curiosity
Opinions

Sally Parampottil | May 21, 2021

There was once a little girl obsessed with the Disney movie The Little Mermaid. Though lacking in red hair and a tail, Ariel was reflected in her through curiosity: the defining trait of the princess and…

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India’s COVID case spike spurring increased caution among locals
News

Sreeja Mudumby | May 21, 2021

After a period of little to no COVID cases in India, a recent surge of cases created a second wave, leaving millions infected.

“Every boundation [imitation] was removed, schools, colleges, malls,…

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One bad apple
Sports

Sally Parampottil | May 19, 2021

Snitches get stitches. 

Don’t narc on me. 

Tattletale. 

From a young age, the concept of reporting wrongdoing has a stigma attached, a little negative social label stuck onto those who dare…

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Mispronouncing names = misunderstanding identities
Opinions

Akhila Gunturu | May 17, 2021

To listen to this story, click on the box to the left. 

Dear Reader,

My name is Akhila Gunturu.

That’s 13 letters total. Six and seven in English, three syllables each in Telugu.

A-khi-la….

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Plant-based journalism turned me into a plant-based journalist
Opinions

Shreya Beldona | May 14, 2021

When you get to Austin, keep heading down Guadalupe Street towards West Campus until you hit a small white building with purple accents; and unlike the rest of Austin, actually decent parking availability.

As…

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Throw away the handbook of respectability
Opinions

Trisha Atluri | May 13, 2021

Don’t judge a book by its cover.

An age-old adage passed down between generations and the moral of countless children’s books, this lesson is ingrained in our minds from the day we can comprehend…

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COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act passes following waves of anti-Asian sentiment
News

Akhila Gunturu | May 10, 2021

On April 22, the United States Senate passed a bipartisan COVID-19 hate crimes bill to enact protections for the Asian American and Pacific Islander community.

The bill is a concrete step from the government…

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“It’s where I love to be”: Radhakrishnan amplifying positive impact of zoos as Dallas Zoo volunteer
Features

Shivi Sharma | May 5, 2021

A bright orange sign with the words ‘Dallas Zoo’ stamped in white appeared on the side of the highway as New Tech High @ Coppell sophomore Vibha Radhakrishnan and her parents were en route to the Perot…

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“Creative genius, master storyteller”: Pagels’ individuality lives on in stories after bicycling accident
Features

Shivi Sharma | May 3, 2021

On April 9 in Washington, D.C., Coppell High School 2009 graduate Jim Pagels died in a five-car chain reaction crash while cycling, leaving those who knew him devastated. Pagels was an urban economist,…

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Sarangapani embracing culture through veena
Features

Drishti Gupta | April 30, 2021

Listening to the angelic voice of the singer accompanied with the warm, buzzing and metallic sound of the veena, Coppell High School junior Hira Sarangapani knew the veena was an instrument unlike any…

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Slang haters do not pass the vibe check
Opinions

Sreeja Mudumby | April 27, 2021

“It’s bussin bruh.”

This is a phrase I have been repeatedly saying to my friends. Yes, they get annoyed, but eventually, they catch on.

Generation Z’s slang is filled with arbitrary words…

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‘Once on This Island’ makes history with diverse cast
Arts & Entertainment

Sapna Amin | April 19, 2021

“Once on This Island” sheds light on the Haitian retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid” with flashlights as props, stage lights and a color-changing screen that canvases the stage…

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“We’re going to keep fighting”: Locals protest in response to Wright’s murder
News

Shivi Sharma | April 16, 2021

Every time cars honk and passengers holler at the busiest intersection in Coppell, Coppell High School 2020 graduate Angeli Smith jumps and waves the two signs in her hands. The names of two Black men…

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