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The best stories being published on the SNO Sites network

Best of SNO

Stories from Coppell High School
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
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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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Women’s History Month draws attention to year-round educational deficit
Opinions

Sally Parampottil | April 14, 2021

For women, March was a month of being neglected, harassed, dismissed and killed. It was a month filled with events, policies and remarks counteracting each step of progress women were able to make. In…

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Opinion: Atlanta spa shooting brings to light intersection between race, gender, class
Opinions

Sapna Amin | April 13, 2021

Xiaojie Tan. Delaina Yaun. Paul Andre Michels. Daoyou Feng. Yong Ae Yue. Hyun Jung Grant. Soon Chung Park. Suncha Kim. 

On March 16, the heart-shattering Atlanta spa shootings transpired at Youngs…

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Beyond the gradebook
News

Anjali Krishna | April 7, 2021

Hidden away amongst identical doors behind the staircase in C hallway at Coppell High School is a room with a tightly shut door, almost always locked. Every so often, its light is flicked on but its…

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Cowboy to Cardinal: four-star wing Agarwal commits to dream school
Sports

Meer Mahfuz | April 7, 2021

Playing NCAA Division I basketball is a difficult feat on its own, especially for those with Indian origins.

With his commitment to Stanford University, announced on March 16 via social media, Coppell…

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Editorial: Snow melted our hearts
Opinions

Editorial Board | April 5, 2021

As numerous Coppell residents huddled under layers of blankets, it was easy to focus only on the moments they were living right then. The lack of power,  risk of burst pipes, inability to travel on snow-covered…

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One small step for women, one giant leap for women in sports
Sports

Sally Parampottil | April 2, 2021

Four percent.

According to UNESCO, that’s the approximate amount of media coverage for women’s sports.

Pathetic, isn’t it?

On March 2, entering Women’s History Month, four U.S. Olympians…

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Women’s History Month inspiring change by honoring accomplishments
Features

Manasa Mohan | March 29, 2021

Hysterical. Vain. Frivolous. All are words more commonly used to describe women as opposed to men.

But why?

Centuries have passed since women began fighting for equality. In 1987, Congress declared…

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The heavy burden of being a “big girl”
Opinions

Camila Villarreal | March 15, 2021

In the fifth grade, I told a girl, awe-struck, that I was jealous of how skinny she was. She turned to me, looked me up and down and said, “Yeah, and you’re… Well, look at you.”

In the sixth…

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Community continuing recovery after devastating winter weather
News

Nanditha Nagavishnu | March 12, 2021

At Coppell Middle School North, theater room F103 flooded after a fire sprinkler pipe burst. The state of her classroom stunned CMSN theater director Brittany Reese, as she, one of many teachers, homeowners…

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Ramirez brewing up thoughtfulness in local shops
Features

Anjali Krishna | March 11, 2021

New Tech High @ Coppell senior Cole Ramirez very well knows he comes off as pretentious. He voices his hate to Starbucks feverently, wears plaid pants casually as an 18-year-old, makes short films with…

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One year later: Campus commemorating memories on school closure anniversary
News

Shivi Sharma | March 9, 2021

Three fourths of the way into the 2020-21 school year, Coppell High School art teacher David Bearden’s classroom, E103, holds about five students per class period, out of approximately the 25 enrolled….

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Blindness will not cloud Sully’s future
Features

Anette Varghese | March 8, 2021

What does the world look like for a visually impaired sixth-grader that cannot remember going legally blind?

Coppell Middle School East sixth-grader Sullivan (Sully) Kessler wants everyone to know that…

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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”
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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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