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Juice WRLD leaves mixed legacy after untimely death
Arts & Entertainment

Anjali Krishna | December 11, 2019

Forty-one bags of marijuana, six bottles of prescription codeine syrup and one dead rapper were the result of Chicago Police’s search of the rapper Juice WRLD’s luggage at a private hangar at Midway…

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Moussa completes family trend on Egyptian national team
Sports

Sally Parampottil | December 9, 2019

As the third sibling to play basketball for an Egyptian youth national team, Coppell senior guard Adam Moussa comes from a basketball-oriented family.

His father, Hesham Moussa, played professional…

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Survey says Bautista’s are winners
Features

Sarah Habib | December 6, 2019

It seems just like yesterday when the Baustista family turned on its camera to record its audition. Jumping up and down, the family members introduced themselves and started cheering as they all acted…

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European champ to Coppell coach
Showcase

Shivi Sharma | December 6, 2019

A typical day for Coppell swim Coach Marieke Mastebroek starts early. At 6:45 a.m., she greets her varsity swimmers at the Coppell YMCA, pacing the pool as they practice sets. As Dutch record holder in…

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Dear “Real Man”:
Opinions

Yash Ravula | December 5, 2019

“You don’t look like your age at all!” is one of the most awkward comments when you are short. Standing at about five feet, four and a half inches and very skinny with a prepubescent-looking face,…

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Alumna addresses college homelessness through foundation Trojan Shelter
Features

Jillian Moore | December 3, 2019

Sleeping bags and blankets line the streets of Southern California as temperatures dip and winter approaches. Among the homeless are thousands of college students.

Coppell High School 2017 alumna and…

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Activism to poetry: Mazumdar’s collection inspired by struggle of adolescence
Features

Anvitha Reddy | November 25, 2019

Each page covered in sparkly pen, journals filled with nearly a decade’s worth of emotion sat untouched in Coppell High School senior Roma Mazumdar’s room. Through all of her frustrations and joys,…

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Palavali siblings paint aid for Doctors Without Borders
Features

Sreeja Mudumby | November 25, 2019

The green cacti and pink flowers shine with wet paint as the card is placed it on a table, consisting of a plethora of cards, paints and brushes. Another finished card for a customer and another donation…

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Howdy, dude: Californians migrating east to affordable opportunities of the Lone Star State
News

Shreya Beldona | November 25, 2019

Don’t California my Texas.

The bold statement aimed at the increasing rates of Californian migration to Texas seems to refer to one issue — red versus blue. However, the issue and tensions spawn…

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On the Spot: California school shooting hits close to home for Bowden
News

Karen Lu | November 18, 2019

A quick search on Twitter reveals “two killed, three injured”. On Thursday morning, a school shooting occurred at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, Calif.

Coppell High School English teacher…

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Kinley passes, marches with equal passion
Features

Sreeja Mudumby | November 12, 2019

Halftime starts. He is pouring sweat as he races out of the football field. He runs back with his trumpet in his band uniform and joins the rest of the band to perform.

As soon as they are done delivering…

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CPD sheds light on police brutality
News

Camila Villarreal | November 6, 2019

Compared to decades prior, more cases of police brutality have restocked the media headlines on a routinely basis, and the effect on Americans can be seen by looking at the numbers.

In the last fifteen…

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Teenagers developing unconventional businesses
Features

Shivi Sharma | November 4, 2019

The new workforce
Coppell High School junior Vijay Sridharan carefully unscrews the screen of an iPhone and assesses the damage inside. He deftly replaces the camera module and uses a small screwdriver…

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Hail to the chief: Class president takes on plunger boy role
Features

Sally Parampottil | November 4, 2019

“I believe that we will win!”

With that line, an eruption of baby powder explodes from the student section in one of Coppell High School’s many traditions, led by CHS senior Leo Swaldi.

Clothed…

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Part 2: Tornadoes wreck area around Walnut Hill Elementary but unite community (with video)
News

Pramika Kadari | November 4, 2019

This story is part of a Sidekick series about the tornadoes that affected Dallas on Oct. 20, 2019. 

DALLAS – When Walnut Hill Elementary students left school on Friday, Oct. 18, they had no idea they…

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Video: Trump ignites support in Dallas rally
Video

Alishba Javaid | October 31, 2019

This story was originally published on Coppell Student Media on October 30, 2019.

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Aspiring actress makes debut on big screen
Features

Angela Yuan | October 29, 2019

A young girl with a spark in her eyes stands on a stage, putting her soul into a performance that will change her life. She knows she loves acting, but she doesn’t know her passion will take her from…

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Dallas tornadoes leave devastation in their wakes
News

Karen Lu | October 24, 2019

DALLAS – A light flickers from a fallen traffic light. Telephone poles, bent 45 degrees, lay across the intersection, forcing passers-by to step over their twisted wires. Windows are shattered, and roofs…

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O’Rourke holds “Rally Against Fear” to counter Thursday’s Trump rally
News

Akansha Singh | October 21, 2019

GRAND PRAIRIE – As President Donald Trump held a campaign rally at American Airlines Center Thursday night, Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke held an opposing rally, dubbed the “Rally…

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Trump supporters overflow American Airlines Center for Dallas rally
News

Pramika Kadari | October 21, 2019

DALLAS – A sea of red filled the American Airlines Center in Dallas yesterday for President Donald Trump’s political rally, where he dragged the impeachment inquiry through the mud, emphasized economic…

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First National Period Day rally mobilizes Gen Z to take on period stigma, tampon tax
News

Anjali Krishna | October 21, 2019

DALLAS – Youth activists bested the Texas heat at Dallas City Hall for the first National Period Day rally to end the stigma surrounding periods and petition to end the luxury tax on menstrual products.

“It’s…

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Flipping the narrative, Band receives unexpected support at local competition
Features

Alishba Javaid | October 18, 2019

CARROLLTON – Surprised smiles and sparkling eyes of Coppell Band members could be seen as shouts of support from varsity football players from the stands pierced the air.

The Coppell varsity football…

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Calling Columbus Day Indigenous Day is not just a preference
Opinions

Neha Desaraju | October 15, 2019

Most people in Coppell do not know we live on land that was taken from the Comanche and a collection of other southern American tribes.

America isn’t only a land of immigrants; it is a land that was…

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Unseen, but deeply felt
Opinions

Emma Meehan | October 11, 2019

My heart pounded as my vision blurred, knees shaking as my body weakened and blood rushed to my feet.

I remember thinking I had a concussion, but not being able to explain the actions of my heart or…

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Point leaves behind legacy of love, connection
Features

Karen Lu | October 7, 2019

After only three months of returning to Coppell High School, CHS Principal Laura Springer has already hugged, loved and developed a relationship with student Preston Point, who will always hold a special…

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My pain is invisible, not imaginary
Opinions

Angela Yuan | October 4, 2019

The biggest thing I remember about being undiagnosed is thinking I was perfectly fine when my symptoms were staring me right in the face.

Over the summer, I alternated between 12 hours of sleep and…

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Park highlights enthusiasm for makeup with Instagram account
Features

Shravya Mahesh | October 2, 2019

A dab of blush, a swipe of lipstick, a touch of highlighter. Just 10 minutes, and Coppell High School junior Jamie Park is out the door, makeup done and confidence at a high.

To Park, makeup is more…

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Making politics easy, one post at a time
Features

Anthony Cesario | October 1, 2019

Scrolling through news channels in April, Coppell High School senior Ram Castro finds himself growing frustrated as he struggles to find unbiased stories. This is the moment he decides to start his Instagram…

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Bringing the community together: Coppell’s TEDxYouth Talk spreads new perspectives
Features

Akif Abidi | September 27, 2019

As the clock hit 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, the Coppell High School auditorium slowly filled up as students, parents and teachers trickled in to attend Coppell’s first TEDxYouth Talk in four years.

The…

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Love for taekwondo creates national recognition for Sullivan
Sports

Arman Merchant | September 26, 2019

For most athletes, making it to a national level of any sport can be difficult, but for New Tech High @ Coppell sophomore Arwyn Sullivan, it is a reality. Sullivan qualified for the Amateur Athletic Unit…

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Made from kindness, for kindness
Features

Camila Villarreal | September 25, 2019

In a world so often divided by negativity, good deeds can often depend on groups of people seeking to make a difference through kindness. Coppell High School has found itself extremely lucky to have such…

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Canyon Ranch grand opening gives community glimpse at new era of teaching (with video)
News

Nishant Medicharla | September 24, 2019

IRVING – The sight of the luminous energy of second graders welcoming attendees filled the hearts of many at the Canyon Ranch Elementary grand opening ceremony. 

On Wednesday, CRE hosted its grand…

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Growing up on the court, Engler follows mother’s footsteps in volleyball
Sports

Emma Meehan | September 23, 2019

Coppell freshman outside hitter Reagan Engler is taking on her first year of varsity volleyball this year. Coached by her mother, Coppell Middle School North coach Abby Martens in seventh and eighth grade,…

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Part of modern culture is normalizing lack of privacy
Opinions

Camila Villarreal | September 23, 2019

The World Wide Web has always been at the tip of your fingers. 

In 1983, when the internet was introduced, computers were the size of a small suitcase. Today, they slide into your pocket and are thinner…

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Lack of climate change education in schools spelling Earth’s doom
Opinions

Nicolas Reyes | September 18, 2019

Deep green mountains created a backdrop to my view of beggarly houses lining the road to the compost hut. Nearby dogs dipped their muzzles into waste, their spines drastically poking out of their bodies,…

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Dear America
Opinions

Nicolas Reyes | September 17, 2019

Dear America,

Your loved ones are dying.

Six months ago I concluded my article on the anniversary of the Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. shooting, “Remembering Parkland”, with…

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Kaushik, Sharma, beat one in a million odds
Arts & Entertainment

Claire Clements | May 31, 2019

“The probability that a random person in the population could look at your iPhone or iPad Pro and unlock it using Face ID is approximately 1 in 1,000,000 with a single enrolled appearance.”

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Love for art history inspires Woodall to take action after Notre-Dame tragedy
Features

Sydney Rowe | May 31, 2019

Coppell High School senior Pierce Woodall has always had a passion for art and its history. After the fire at Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral on April 15, Woodall decided to start the fundraiser “Rebuild”…

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Jesayen juxtaposes screams of student section to quiet of golf course
Features

Sally Parampottil | May 29, 2019

The Coppell High School student section bursts into screams and hollers, faces painted black, white and red, and hearts soaring with each throw of the football. Amidst them stands CHS senior Jordan…

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From home to baseball diamond: Polk brothers catch opportunity to bond, play baseball together
Sports

Sofia Guerrero | May 21, 2019

Playing catch with their dad, Chad Polk, as children turned into a lifelong love for brothers CHS9 freshman Walker Polk and Coppell High School junior Hudson Polk. Both made the varsity baseball team…

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Freshmen athletes conforming to high school athletics after initial scheduling issues
Sports

Akif Abidi | May 16, 2019

Before basketball season came to an end late February, CHS9 freshman boys basketball player Anthony Black’s school schedule was a monotonous grind.

Black woke up early in the morning to get to Coppell…

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Coming to terms with my natural body image
Opinions

Shravya Mahesh | May 14, 2019

If you were to meet me for the first time, the first thing you would probably notice is how skinny I am.

At least, this is what my numerous acquaintances, classmates, friends and family members seem…

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Standing in the wake of devastation (Part 1)
News

Kelly Wei | April 29, 2019

Fifty are dead. Fifty more wounded.

On March 16, a pair of mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand suffered what might have once been considered unimaginable, but is now rapidly becoming the new norm.

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Holmes places first chair in state, keeps up with dynamics of music
Arts & Entertainment

Sofia Guerrero | April 19, 2019

Coppell High School senior Trevor Holmes sat anxiously in the lobby as he waited for the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) All-State Convention chair placements to be released.

Finally, the results…

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Dismantling mistruths
News

Christine Zacuai | April 19, 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…

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Han Gil Hotel brings drug discussion startlingly close to home
Opinions

Anthony Cesario | April 19, 2019

When I heard we were going to spend sixth period in the Coppell High School arena for a talk about drugs, I, like my friends, was less than enthusiastic.

But within minutes of when Assistant U.S. Attorney…

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An exhilarating finish: Cowboys triumph over Guyer in penalty shootout
Sports

Akif Abidi | April 9, 2019

LAKE DALLAS – The penalty shootouts score stood 4-3 with the Cowboys in the lead and the Wildcats on their last penalty shot. If they missed now they would be eliminated from the playoffs.

A single…

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Introducing Charlotte Vanyo: Getting to know my own headspace, realities of living with mental illness
Opinions

Charlotte Vanyo | April 4, 2019

An overdue realization

I was diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in seventh grade.

My diagnosis was like a business transaction: I was in the door with symptoms…

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Four languages and beyond: Schoen experiences culture past physical borders
Features

Sarah Woo | April 3, 2019

From living in Germany to Sweden to Costa Rica, Coppell High School sophomore Jessica Chaska Chuquichampi Schoen has experienced more than the typical high school student.

At just age 16, Schoen is…

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From Colombia to the U.S.: Not exactly the American dream
Opinions

Laura Amador-Toro | March 22, 2019

Since moving to the U.S., I can’t help but miss Colombia every single day.

I remember getting to school early and hearing the birds chirp so pleasantly, as if you were alone in the middle of the forest.

There,…

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