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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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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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