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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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International SAT, ACT exams postponed due to COVID-19
Coronavirus

Shivi Sharma | March 18, 2020

The CollegeBoard and ACT organizations, which run the SAT and ACT international college entrance exams, respectively, announced Monday that they will be canceling future testing dates due to the coronavirus…

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Texas suspends STAAR testing requirements for 2019-20 school year
Coronavirus

Shivi Sharma | March 17, 2020

It was announced today that Texas Governor Greg Abbott has eliminated state testing requirements for the 2019-20 school year due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. State of Texas Assessments of Academic…

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CISD closing in response to Coronavirus
Coronavirus

Karen Lu | March 16, 2020

Today, Coppell ISD announced it will be closed for students through March 20.
This closure is in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation in the community as travelers return to Coppell throughout…

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On the Spot: The mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell, but how do you change a tire? (with video)
Features

Anjali Krishna | March 12, 2020

Generation Z’s latest favorite activity: turning nouns into verbs. The new favorite verb: adulting.

“Adulting Day is an opportunity for seniors to get the answers to the questions that they have…

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CHS girls hitting stride in self-defense classes
Features

Joanne Kim | March 5, 2020

Donning her protective gear and with adrenaline buzzing, Coppell High School senior Akshara Ganesh faced off against a police officer in a fight that put all her skills to the test.

“I felt like I…

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Next generation of artists flourishing through evolving visual design fields
Features

Shravya Mahesh | March 2, 2020

Bold strokes of vivid color. Clean, orderly lines sweeping from top to bottom. A cursor tracing the edges of an object. A screen, a mouse and a hand. This is the modern reality of art.

In a rapidly…

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When They See Us: Story of the incarceration of innocent boys
Arts & Entertainment

Alishba Javaid | March 2, 2020

After casually scrolling through Netflix and deciding to watch a new show recommended to me, I did not expect to become an emotional wreck the next day after binge watching it.

The four-part limited…

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Jeon hits it out of the ballpark: from Texas Rangers fan to Rice commit
Sports

Victoria Hertel | February 27, 2020

David Jeon, Coppell junior baseball, Dulins Dodgers club team and future Rice University pitcher and catcher, was only a third grader when the Texas Rangers went to the World Series for the first time…

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Contemporary app lets everyday citizen perform CPR to save lives
News

Karen Lu | February 26, 2020

Becoming CPR certified may seem like one of those “in case of emergency” preparations that many will never use. However, with the implementation of PulsePoint in Coppell, being CPR certified provides…

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Defining a sport
Showcase

Sally Parampottil | February 24, 2020

Mainstream sports – football, basketball, baseball, soccer – are all common in that they are athletic competitions. The results of said competitions are due to the athleticism of the participants.

In…

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Small-town rodeo history provides basis for CHS mascot
Features

Akansha Singh | February 19, 2020

Bucking bulls, the whinny of horses, bright lights and commotion – a typical 1960s Friday night at the Coppell Junior Rodeo.

Today, Coppell is a rapidly expanding modern suburb. It is easy to overlook…

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Homegrown film incorporating topical issues into emotional storyline
Features

Shravya Mahesh | February 14, 2020

DALLAS – Tears well in his eyes as the credits roll. The light from the big screen flashes across his features, accentuating the pride clear on his face. At last, his project of over a year has come to…

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District’s first Spanish spelling bee highlights bilingual benefits
Features

Avani Kashyap | February 12, 2020

“Homenaje”

“Hache – oh- eme – eh – ene – ah – jota – eh”

“Homenaje”

Amidst a round of applause, on Dec. 11, Denton Creek Elementary fifth grader Bruno Castillo was announced as the…

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Breaking barriers
Arts & Entertainment

Anvitha Reddy | February 11, 2020

From the nerd with the unattractive accent to the object of every joke, Indian Americans have consistently been marginalized in film and media. The lack of representation in protagonist roles causes a…

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Venturing into the era of artificial intelligence: the other side of the coin (Parts 2, 3, 4)
Features

Akif Abidi | February 11, 2020

This is part of a four-part news feature package. Click here to read part one.

Though the idea of an AI-driven car is often criticized, it’s hard to ignore that 95 percent of automobile accidents…

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Venturing into the era of artificial intelligence: humanity’s doom or greatest ally? (Part 1)
Features

Akif Abidi | February 11, 2020

From portable virtual reality headsets to self-landing space rockets, new technological advancements are popping up right and left in today’s age. However, among the expanding sea of innovation, the…

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Opinion: Writers, filmmakers must exercise caution with portrayals of sexual assault
Arts & Entertainment

Pramika Kadari | February 7, 2020

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

The following story is part of a Sidekick package about feminism. 

“I’m…

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Big things come in small packages
Features

Claire Clements | February 4, 2020

You step inside your house, drop your backpack and head to your bedroom, ready to escape into the comfort of your bed. For average people, it might take a minute to get to their room, maybe a little less.

For…

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CHS ‘14 alum to play in Super Bowl LIV with defensive powerhouse 49ers
Sports

Meer Mahfuz | February 3, 2020

Coppell High School 2014 graduate and San Francisco 49ers defensive end Solomon Thomas will run onto the turf of a rowdy Hard Rock Stadium with indescribable emotions and millions gazed upon him when he…

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McCann dances her way through Lariettes, Netflix show
Features

Akhila Gunturu | January 31, 2020

When Coppell High School junior Kennedy McCann’s longtime dance company merged with a new one, she had no idea she would star in a Netflix show.

McCann, one of the CHS Lariettes junior lieutenants,…

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#StudentPressFreedomDay: Media rights breaking perceptual barriers in sports
Opinions

Sally Parampottil | January 30, 2020

Along with the privilege of being part of the media, I also have the honor of covering sports and telling the stories of athletes. In doing so, my perception of these talented elite individuals has changed.

Originally,…

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Words: Declining in power, increasing in importance
Opinions

Avani Kashyap | January 29, 2020

Walking into Coppell Middle School West for the first time, I was utterly shocked to hear a barrage of curse words as I went down the hall. Three years later, walking into high school for the first time,…

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Being gay is not a trend
Opinions

Camila Villarreal | January 27, 2020

Being queer is not like being straight.

When you are straight, you never worry about whether people will leave you because of who you cannot help but love or hear the words, “OK, just don’t hit…

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Integration of memes and politics
Opinions

Anvitha Reddy | January 24, 2020

In an increasingly social-media oriented world, memes, ranging from TikTok to Twitter, can often blur what’s fact and what’s fiction.

On Jan. 3, President Donald Trump launched an attack which killed…

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2020 Dallas Women’s March activists push importance of 19th amendment, politics
News

Andrés Bear | January 23, 2020

DALLAS – Armed with politically-charged signs aimed at the current political climate, hundreds of people participated in the 2020 Dallas Women’s March on Sunday.

At 2 p.m., the march began at St….

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Pushing boundaries one palette at a time
Features

Yash Ravula | January 21, 2020

Highlight poppin’. Eyeliner winged. Face snatched. Coppell High School sophomore Michael Creed, at the mere age of 12 found his love for makeup. Since nothing has stopped him from pursuing it and constantly…

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It’s never too late to vaccinate
Opinions

Jillian Moore | January 17, 2020

“They have turned our children into the largest human experiment in history — all of history,”  Del Bigtree, CEO of anti-vaccination group Informed Consent Action Network, says as supporters of…

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Gomez’s ‘Rare’ fails to live up to title
Arts & Entertainment

Anthony Cesario | January 15, 2020

One would think that Selena Gomez, having gone through publicized breakups with high-profile ex-boyfriends Justin Bieber and The Weeknd, dealt with ongoing health struggles including lupus and depression…

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Claire’s Corner: Don’t say never mind
Opinions

Claire Clements | January 14, 2020

Have you ever been left out of an inside joke? You’re with a group of friends, and they’re all laughing about some joke that you do not understand.

It hurts, right? Or maybe it is not super hurtful,…

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Coloring in the lines
Showcase

Sally Parampottil | January 6, 2020

Throughout the world, about 200 sports are internationally recognized. In total, there are an estimated 800 sports throughout the world, including regional and specialized sports. Just as those smaller-scale…

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Supporter shirts building supportive tradition
Features

Tracy Tran | December 27, 2019

“Go Cowgirls, go Coppell!”

The crowd cheered enthusiastically. A sea of blue rose on the home bleachers in the CHS Arena. The Digs for Dogs volleyball match, as well as many other games, were highlighted…

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Coppell joins lawsuit against bill cutting telecom company fees
News

Anjali Krishna | December 26, 2019

Texas municipalities are suing to protest Senate Bills 1152 and 1004. These bills cut the fees cities receive from telecom companies running phone and cable lines through city property and cap the money…

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Beyond the numbers
Sports

Sally Parampottil | December 20, 2019

The year after I was born, former quarterback Tony Romo signed for the Dallas Cowboys, launching his 13-year career in the NFL. He retired two years ago, taking on a new role as a sportscaster with CBS.

While…

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Decade Wrap-up: How internet culture evolved society
Arts & Entertainment

Nanette Pottoore | December 20, 2019

Rise and Shine.

In this story, I’m going to spill the tea on why the 2010s was an exciting decade for online trends and fads. The internet brought together many people through dances and memorable…

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Decade Wrap-Up: Streaming services dominate decade of change in entertainment
Arts & Entertainment

Anjali Krishna | December 19, 2019

Today, the idea of settling in to watch television at its programmed time seems odd. Streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu rule television, allowing us to watch whenever we want, wherever we want…

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Decade Wrap-Up: World of film transformed during 2010s
Arts & Entertainment

Pramika Kadari | December 19, 2019

With black actors nominated in each acting category and the LGBT film Moonlight making history by winning Best Picture, the 2017 Academy Awards represented a culmination of numerous progressions occurring…

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Arts & Entertainment

Blanche Harris | December 19, 2019

The 2010’s have been defined by the changes in how we eat and what we eat. People are focused on eating right, cutting carbs, protecting animals by going vegan and sharing everything on social media….

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Decade Wrap-Up: Modern media creates personalized listener experience
Arts & Entertainment

Shravya Mahesh | December 18, 2019

In September 2012, Apple released the first ever EarPods – a redesign of the standard earbuds the company had offered since 2001. In October 2019, Apple announced the AirPods Pro – wireless, noise cancelling…

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