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From dozens of labs across the world to local pharmacies
News

Anjali Vishwanath | March 4, 2021

Coronavirus Disease 2019. COVID-19. Both imply this was an outbreak isolated to 2019, but the pandemic continues in 2021, after hundreds of thousands of Americans have perished as a result of COVID-19…

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Small size but sweet charisma: Wojick implements bubbly personality in pole vaulting despite height (with video)
Sports

Varshitha Korrapolu | March 2, 2021

She runs. She stabilizes her pole. She lifts her body upwards. She propels herself over the crossbar. She lands. She repeats.

“[Pole vaulting] is stressful, but it’s so fun and you have so much…

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Waging an inevitable war (Part 3)
Features

Avani Kashyap | March 1, 2021

Editor’s note: This is part 3 in a series exploring today’s news media and the impact of distrust on its consumers. Read part 1 and part 2 here.

Youth and the media

As the torch bearers of digital…

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Waging an inevitable war (Part 2)
Features

Avani Kashyap | March 1, 2021

Editor’s note: This is part 2 in a series exploring today’s news media and the impact of distrust on its consumers. Read part 1 here.

Deepening the divide

As trust in the media continues to falter,…

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Paving the way: Hill empowering minorities with STEM solutions
Features

Trisha Atluri | March 1, 2021

The first time IT professional Jo Ann Hill worked with computers was during her bachelor’s degree program at Mississippi Valley State University. With an affinity for numbers and math, Hill had chosen…

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#SJW2021: Student journalism igniting dedication to industry
Features

Shivi Sharma | February 26, 2021

His daily scans of box scores, game stats and sports articles in The Dallas Morning News each day sparked his fascination for sports journalism. But, it wasn’t until joining The Sidekick did he realize…

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Teachers lending helping hands to neighbors, reaching out to friends during rolling blackouts
News

Victoria Hertel | February 23, 2021

What was intended to be a single weather day off school ended up being a week of power outages and bursting pipes for some Coppell High School students and teachers.

Coppell woke up on Monday morning…

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Students braving impacts of power outages to spend time with family
News

Victoria Hertel | February 22, 2021

This week snow fell for hours in Coppell and its surrounding cities. Eventually, many Coppell High School students and faculty started to lose electricity, Internet access and water due to the freezing…

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From tragedy to melody: Aitha evolving in music creation
Features

Trisha Atluri | February 19, 2021

Three weeks after the release of his song, “Na La Lenu,” Coppell High School senior Akhil Aitha woke up to find the music video had been viewed 3,500 times.

The song, released Jan. 10, is Aitha’s…

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Families utilizing resourcefulness as power outages strike city
News

Shivi Sharma | February 19, 2021

Four inches of snow piled on sidewalks, stores and houses in Coppell on Sunday, prompting a week-long closure of Coppell ISD. The record-low temperatures brought with them rolling power outages, rendering…

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Past in present
News

Akhila Gunturu | February 19, 2021

“‘It’s today in history!’”

This is Wilson Elementary fifth grade teacher Beth Brandenburg’s first year of teaching history in fifth grade after 19 years of teaching, 15 of those spent at…

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Tan taking international fencing experience to Yale
Sports

Drishti Gupta | February 17, 2021

As she approached the fencing strip, adrenaline and excitement pumped through her body. With a mental plan ready, she faced her opponent, ready to enforce the techniques and skills she developed through…

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Atheism is not amoral
Opinions

Trisha Atluri | February 11, 2021

Hands clasped and kneeling in front of an idol of the Hindu god, Krishna, I refused to pray.

It wasn’t an act of rebellion, like my parents believed. Nor was it a phase. It was the result of years…

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Waging an inevitable war (Part 1)
Features

Avani Kashyap | February 3, 2021

Competition vs. accuracy

Clickbait vs. quality

Fake news vs. journalism

Mutually exclusive or intertwined?

Information is a double-edged sword. As the wielders, journalists pick their…

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It’s time to end the era of Instagram infographics
Opinions

Neha Desaraju | January 29, 2021

How to be anti-racist. What’s happening in China.

As soon as I open Instagram, I am bombarded with the same taglines, captured in bubbly colors and fonts, attempting to draw attention to social justice…

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Manandhar siblings reaching goals: Duo donating soccer cleats to Nepal, mental awareness campaign (with video)
Features

Anette Varghese | January 29, 2021

It was during his sophomore year while playing on the varsity soccer team that now 2017 Coppell High School graduate Bishesh Manandhar realized how fortunate he was to play with cleats on his feet and…

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Math’s intersection with music equals Tandri’s Melodies for Math
Features

Sapna Amin | January 27, 2021

Coppell High School senior and creator of Melodies for Math Swetha Tandri was a late talker, so at a young age, she used singing as a means of communication.

Tandri was previously featured for her environmental…

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“More alive than I’ve ever been”
Features

Sreeja Mudumby | January 26, 2021

The hat slips.

She pulls it up and tugs it firmly over her head. A perfect fit. A blue lock of hair brushes against her dark, hard eyes.

All gazes turn her way.

Coppell High School senior Sneha…

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“Tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther”
Opinions

Sally Parampottil | January 25, 2021

In a sociology class the summer after my sophomore year, I learned the American Dream was dead.

Not explicitly, not definitively, but through a series of statistics and case studies of individuals who…

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“Sign here, please”
Opinions

Sreeja Mudumby | January 20, 2021

Close your fingers with your thumb on the side of your fist.

Move your thumb to the front of your fist.

Open your thumb and index finger and point them straight up.

A-S-L.

I grew up in a community…

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Never quit, never die: Moyer brothers display competitive spirit across multiple sports
Sports

Varshitha Korrapolu | January 19, 2021

Whether it is a dive into tranquil water at the Coppell YMCA pool or a flawless pass to a fellow lacrosse teammate, Coppell juniors triplets Jack, Scott and Luke Moyer possess a common attitude in their…

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Capitol protests spark residents’ concerns about governmental legitimacy
News

Anjali Vishwanath | January 13, 2021

A cross-country road trip from her hometown of Coppell, Texas took Angela Almeida to Washington D.C. on Jan. 6 – the day of the Capitol protest.

“We were walking from Union Station when we started…

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The hand we were dealt
News

Sally Parampottil | January 4, 2021

It was meant to be the best of times, it was warped into the worst of times, it was the age of social activism, it was the age of polarization, it was the epoch of pandemic, it was the epoch of politics,…

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Coppell debate students speak on the big picture at TEDx Youth
Features

Anjali Vishwanath | December 11, 2020

From mental health advocacy to the importance of looking back, the eight speeches of the Nov. 7 conference captured major concerns of life in 2020. Of the eight speakers at the TEDx Youth @ ArchesPoint…

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Social Butterflies Club forming bonds with senior citizens
Features

Varshitha Korrapolu | December 9, 2020

Elderly people in the community usually have warm-hearted, comforting smiles across their faces whenever young people greet them. They portray generosity and kindness through wisdom they share with youth.

However,…

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Mapping COVID-19: adopting manual, technological means of contact tracing
News

Shivi Sharma | December 2, 2020

One positive case.

One student, walking the carpeted halls of Coppell High School, sitting down for lunch and going home to siblings and parents.

One student, unwittingly spreading the virus…

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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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