You’re passion is filming, Broadcasting, or Video Editing, then Joining KCBY will be the best option at Coppell High School.


KCBY is an elective that the students at Coppell High School can take if they’re interested in becoming a news broadcaster, a video editor; for movies, short film, news, and sports, or those who enjoy filming. It’s a great career starter if that’s what you’re interested in.


KCBY is an organization led by the students at Coppell High School. Their mission is to serve, inform, and entertain the community of Coppell. The organization is built upon mastering communications and is constantly learning how to relay information to an audience through different ways.


KCBY and the Coppell High School newspaper The Sidekick work together to serve interesting and fun topics for the students. This is a great way for both or the organization to learn how to work with others around them.


The class works on news broadcasts, and they have three types of forms they include in their weekly shows. They have the sports news; where they go and watch the games of CHS, whether it’s basketball, soccer, or softball, the KCBY staff is always there to tell a story.


Special features are when they do a segment of the weather. They also talk about things that are going on around the school like events that are ahead.


The students have a special project every six weeks, and that’s where they have main topic to report, film and broadcast.


Joining KCBY will help the students in many ways for their future. It will help them prepare for their possible future career, and if you don’t want to further your career in film, broadcasting, or video editing, then it’s a great hobby to have and it’s enjoyable.


“I want to join KCBY because it’s a chance for me to prepare for my future career,” EMAC sophomore Sydney Williams said. “I also want to join KCBY because it seems like a good experience because I wanted to join a organization in high school and my choice was KCBY.”


Many students just want something to do or need a good organization to be in during school for college or such, and there are many options. But if you truly are interested in media base of film, then the best choice at Coppell High School would be KCBY.


EMAC sophomore Regan Sullivan, who is currently a KCBY staff member, loves anything that has to do film, and chose KCBY because it’s what she loves to do. She went with something that interested her, and that can give her a boost in her future career.


“Because I love film, and I want to be in the industry when I’m older,” sophomore Regan Sullivan said.  “I want to edit music videos, and films, and I want to direct, and Steven Spielberg is my idol.”









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Yearbooks in the Large Gym

Coppell High School Round-Up yearbook students arrive at the student parking lot doors at approximately 5:30 a.m. They are hyped up on coffee and sugar from their morning donuts and ready set up and pass out their freshly made yearbooks. 

“Waking up at 4:45 in the morning was really tough but I was really excited to see the yearbook. In the end it was worth waking up for,” sophomore Elizabeth Sims said. 

About 2,700 students purchased the 2011-2012 yearbook. All students relied on the truck that was carrying all of the books from California. Once the books had arrived, all staff members and photo journalism helpers started carrying boxes in one by one to the large gym.

“Each box was 65 pounds which made it difficult to carry from the parking lot to the gym really hard. Also, taking it off of the cart made us really sore over the weekend,” sophomore Sarah Gibbons said. 

Once all of the books were placed inside the gym, everyone had to take their boxes and place them at the correct alphabetized station for easy access. Once they were placed in order the doors of the large gym were ready to be open.

“There was definitely waves of people throughout the days,” Sims said. “We had a lot of people come at once then, we barely had any people at all. We had a lot of downtime during the day to organize and relax.”

Throughout the day large crowds of students would swarm and pick up their books. In order to pick up a yearbook each student must have had their student I.D. with them.  

“It was required for every student to bring their student I.D. to pick up their yearbook. We didn’t want any yearbooks to be stolen or taken by the wrong person,” senior yearbook editor-in-chief Allison Draper said. 

The most stressful part of the day was clean up. Once the 8:15-4:00 time window closed, all staffers were required to stay and help clean up all of the books not picked up. Everyone used dollies and carts to move the books back to the yearbook room for storage. 

“At the end of the day we are so tired, but we have to prepare to give out book the next week. Thankfully, our yearbook staff rocks and made sure everything was ready,” yearbook advisor Rachel Pellegrino said. 

The day finally ended for the staffers at 6 p.m.

“I felt like the day went very well. We handed out a lot of books and everything stayed in order. Overall the day went very smoothly,” Sims said. 

During the few weeks until school is over, students from the campus come by room A107 and pick up their yearbooks. Until the end of the year, the yearbook room is filled with boxes and books waiting to be pick up. Once summer comes, there will still be yearbooks left in the room waiting for their pickup next year. 

“This school year has been great. I am so sad that it is almost over. Yearbook distribution was hectic and exciting. I was so excited to see the final product of the book,” Draper said. 

Written by Emma Eells. 

The end of each day reminds me that my time at Coppell High School is close to ending. I still have two more years to leave my mark on the school and the Emerging Media and Communications (EMAC) academy.

My thoughts about leaving my mark swarm throughout my head each night, haunting me and forcing me to think. And one night, I had a dream.

Nothing but blank stares stared back at a leader. The room was silent, more of an eerie feeling, actually. No one spoke, no one moved, no one was ‘tuned in’.
The vision abruptly ended by the ringing of my alarm clock, waking me from my deep sleep. A word slipped itself from between my teeth, connection.

I believe, as humans, we cling to music, to poems, to quotes, to writing, to art, because we desperately want to feel that connection. We want to be assured that we’re not going crazy in this world and that somewhere else out there; someone is feeling exactly what you are feeling.

Creating that connection is one of my main priorities as president of the EMAC Academy. I want to get to know the students and become close with them, because I never had a strong connection with someone. But I want every single person to have that connection with each other and with me. Because EMAC has brought me out of a hole that I’ve been digging and I’ve been able to finally see wonderful things it has to offer.

I want to see EMAC prosper and grow with people that have the same motives we have. I want this academy to be known and to be heard as a whole and as each person in this room, but in order to do that I’m going to need everyone’s help. I want to fix all the bad things and enhance the good, and if I cannot fix them, I at least want to try and give it my all. But I can’t do that without everybody on board to give feedback and dedication.

In the past two years, students have been enjoying the everyday usage of technology in their classrooms. Teachers try to incorporate media in their lessons and projects. Students also express how they’ve gained more business experience than a regular high school student would. Although students are upset with minor details in the Academy, they are not being overlooked. We are trying to find a more efficient way to get information out to all EMAC students, and recruit new ones. Even though this seems like an simple task, it’s been hard.

See, we love everything that is simple but when we cannot find that, it scares us, to not know what the next step, or where things are heading. Being unsure is never wished upon or wanted as humans. But it is in those moments, the ones where you risk it and take a chance regardless of how vulnerable it makes us, which we become, one.

I’m not saying that I’m going to make EMAC go skydiving, but I want to create an atmosphere where we can interact with each other. We need to take a vulnerable step, all of us. And I’m hoping that I can lead you in that step. I’m hoping I can create that connection.

Written By: Megan Menegay

Revolution Coffeehouse harnesses student creativity

The smell of fresh coffee will perfume the air, soft snaps will ring throughout the halls, and the paintings, pictures, and essays made by students will deck the halls of Coppell High School. All of this and more will be found at the CHS Academy’s Revolution Coffeehouse.


The talented academy students have been hard at work the past couple of weeks with their end of the year showcase, The Revolution Coffeehouse. Busy students have been working on it for over a month, and the work will all pay off on the rapidly approaching May 18th.

The whole point of Coffeehouse is to create an environment for Coppell students, administrators, and parents to discuss revolutions that need to be happening around the community, and county.

Students have been hard at work on their creative and non-creative pieces. Topics range from body image distortion, revolution of conversation, war in the homeland, bullying, etc.

Jack Robertson, a sophomore EMAC student said “My topic is over revolution of conversation, and I love it. Its really cool that we got to pick our own topics because our level of interest in the whole process went way up.”

 The students were assigned the project as a final wrap up of revolution, and the whole project is student sufficient.

 “We have to do everything. We contact the companies for donations, and the teachers and parents for other things,” Akash Johnson, a Public Service Academy sophomore, said. “We even sent out a press release to a local news station in case they wanted to cover the event.”

 Options for the project included expository essays, poems, plays, songs, and paintings. Anything the students wanted to show to get a certain revolution across was deemed fair game. So with this in mind, they took the idea and ran with it. Pieces came flowing in from huge canvas paintings, to small block poems, everything imaginable is included.

 “I’ve really loved this whole project. It was nice to have guidelines that weren’t as strict, that let us utilize all of our creativity and our passions to make what we wanted.” Dylan Thomas, a sophomore Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics Academy sophomore said. 


Written by: Mabry Culp

Coaching has a new heart

The door swings open and Public Service Academy sophomore Bianca Gabardo breezes into the room with a smile and open arms as she greets Njoki, a sophomore special education student. The two share a “special bond” Eilieen Higgins, Coppell High School special education coordinator said.

The day starts off with a hug from Njoki, and a round of hugs and high fives with everyone else. Gabardo will help the kids play games, stretch, eat, etc.

“We have gotten some amazing equipment these past couple of years. The kids have so many amazing things available, like the wall the engineering students built and the ipad.” Higgins said.

Her job involves her helping the students get engaged with the equipment. Things like playing on the iPad help their motor skills, and using the exercise ball to move around.

Coaching the Olympics involves similar tactics. Gabardo’s role as a coach is to be the kids mentor and fire behind the confidence. Coach’s are meant to inspire the kids to succeed, and have fun.

“Having a good attitude all the time is one of the most important parts. The kids believe what you believe.” Gabardo said.

So if the coach has a good attitude, so do the kids. Gabardo has to show the kids that no matter what their challenges are, they can beat the odds. When coaching in a particular event, Gabardo helps the kids work through their challenges and face their fears.

Gabardo has been working with special education students since sixth grade.

“They are just normal kids who want to be treated like normal high school students,” Gabardo said. “So I try to give them that. I treat them how I treat all my regular friends, and that’s what makes a good Special Olympics coach.”

Every year around the time of the Special Olympics, students across Texas prepare for many events, including aquatics, equestrian, tennis and even speed skating.

“Visiting with these kids makes my day everyday. They have such different outlooks on life, and its so inspiring to see kids who have to go through things I can’t even imagine, yet they go through it with smiles and refuse to let it get them down,” Gabardo said.

Gabardo got involved as a coach this year, and was referred to the program by Higgins. 

“Bianca has such a way with my students. They all light up when she comes in the room, and she is always so real with them.” Higgins said.

As a coach, Gabardo spends time with the kids working on their individual sports and poses as their encourager, and strong hold.

“She gets really enthusiastic when she works with the Special Needs kids. She is always talking about them, and how much she loves them. Its actually pretty inspiring to see that in her,” sophomore Caitie Galvin said.

The activity is not only rewarding for Gabardo, but for the kids as well. The Special Needs students benefit from the physical activity and company of their peers.

 “What most people don’t realize is that these students are just like [high school students] today. They may learn differently, but they still like the same pop stars, TV shows, and food that all the other students do,” Higgins said.

 “The most rewarding part of it all isn’t for me, it’s to see my kids up there just enjoying what they do. They have blessed me more than I could have ever blessed them,” Gabardo said. “Being a coach has been one of the most rewarding decisions I’ve ever made.”  


Written by: Mabry Culp

Giving the Mother Lode

The aqua colored ink slowly swirled in the pool of water that had formed on the card. The pool of blue ink drifted to the left, as a mother wiped away the tear forming in her eye.

Drip, drip, drip. More tears fell as she continued to read the Mother’s Day card her child made for her in yearbook class. Her teenage child, the one she thought that would never speak to her mother again. The more tears she let fall, the bigger the pool was. Making all the colors intertwine to make one.

“Even though it was only a small token of my gratitude, my mom still loved it. I didn’t know that making a card was such a big deal until I saw her start to cry,” Round-Up yearbook sophomore Francesca Graham said.

Students were able to create Mother’s Day cards in both of Rachel Pellegrino’s yearbook and photojournalism classes. The yearbook staff surprised their mothers with a handmade card and a flower during the Yearbook banquet.

“It was really cool to see the huge smile on my mom’s face when I gave her the card. I could tell she really liked it and that made me happy,” yearbook sophomore Elizabeth Sims said.

Yearbook was not the only publication that created something for Mother’s Day. The KCBY staff was able to create a video for Mother’s Day.

“Even though it was a small assignment, it was a really great gift to give to my mom. I had to go through old photo albums in order to find pictures of her, and it brought back a lot of great memories that my mom and I shared,” KCBY sophomore Kristin Anderson said.

The KCBY staff had a little bit of leeway for this assignment. They had to include pictures, videos and create something meaningful.

“You know your video is effective if you make your audience cry,” KCBY advisor Irma Kennedy said. “In high school, you tend to forget to appreciate your mom. You may go get a gift card and flowers, if you have time but nothing special. Why don’t you use the skills used in class to create something beautiful.”

Some students created tributes to their mothers, while others created slideshows with photos and music.

“Although the Mother’s Day video wasn’t a very important production, it got me working on creative editing,” KCBY sophomore Keith Kellenburger said.

Mothers all around Coppell were surprised to see the works of art that their teenagers created for them. Tears were shed and hugs given, creating the perfect atmosphere for giving the mother lode.Image

Written By: Megan Menegay

Photo By: Megan Menegay

Chetry and Solari Intramural Idea

Update: The all Academy Intramurals day was canceled on Tuesday May 15th. Irma Kennedy said that it was canceled due to the Coppell High School testing schedule for STARR and AP classes. 

Students running, blood pressure rising and competition heating as the Coppell High School Academy participates in the all-day intramurals day on May 25th. All students will spend the day playing games on their all academy teams to take a break from the stressful exam week to come ahead. 

“I am very excited to play in the games. I dusting off my volleyball knee pads and my shin guards and I am making a pump up playlist for my team with songs featuring Akon and B.o.B along with a little bit of Mulan thrown in the mix. It is going to be epic,” Public Service Academy sophomore Rachel Boaz said.

Creators of the academy intramural games, sophomores Willy Solari and Vivit Chetry, posted a link to sign up for different sports on the academy Facebook page. Each student had the option of choosing between flag football, ultimate frisbee, volleyball, basketball, soccer and dodgeball. 

Right after the idea by Chetry and Solari was created, the Academies started planning what T-shirts they were going to design and what their team name would be. The Emerging Media and Communications Academy started planning immediately. Their team name is “EMAC Attack” and their shirts will mimic the gatorade logo. 

“I helped design the T-shirt for our team which was called EMAC Attack and it was really fun to make them.” sophomore Regan Sullivan said. 

At the beginning of the week, teachers could sign their class period up to go do intramurals with the other students. Depending of what the class was doing, the teachers could decided to have their students participate or not.

“I can’t wait to play the games, I love to be competitive and have fun with my friends. It’s going to be a great day,” Science Technology and Mathematics Academy sophomore Anish Indhupuru said.

Even though the teams will be playing against each other, it is a great way to have all of the Academies learn more about each other and have fun while doing it. 

“It will bring everyone together. Also it’s a good idea because it will be a lot of fun and we get to get out of class and maybe we will make a tradition out of it,” Boaz said. 

Every teacher that signed their class up to play intramurals will have their class leave to go outside and have a good time. It will be competitive and everyone hopes to make it a tradition for the upcoming years in the Academies.  

“It is a great way to bring all of the academies together,” Indhupuru said. 

The founders of the academy intramurals game day, Solari and Chetry, came up with the idea during a school day. They thought that since school was almost over it would give them a chance to have a little fun. 

“Vivit and I came together in an organized force and came up with the idea,” Solari said.

Written by Emma Eells

Running For Cancer

If you know someone who has cancer or has lost someone to cancer, they are not alone, there are people who care, and relay for life is the best event to attend for emotional support.

Relay for Life is an event that supports those with cancer and those who have lost ones with cancer.

Relay for Life was started by just by one guy, Dr. Gordy Klatt.

In May 1985 he spend 24 hours circling around a track at a stadium the University of Puget sound in Tacoma.

He ran more than 83 miles, and nearly 300 of his family, friends, and patients were there watching him as he walked around the track.

Through the entire night friends and family donated $25 to just run or walk the course. The total of that night was $27,000.

While he was walking he thought about how other people could help the cause.
That’s were the idea of a 24-hour team relay began.

People could create teams and spend 24 hours walking or running to raise money for those with cancer.

In 1986, he and with the help of a friend, Pat Flynn, the first Relay For Life event was established. About 19 teams took part in the event, and they went on the track and they raised $33,000.

At Coppell High School, the Public Service Academy joined the event along with the community of Coppell. Talked with some of the students who attended and many of them are return guest, and they said it is a wonderful event to attend for a great cause.

People who attend the event bring tents, food, and other things to keep them warm and confortable, and to prepare them for a 24-hour journey.

During a relay for life event they first have the opening ceremony, were they just explain to the first time guest, and then they have the survivors lap, for all the victors of cancer survivors.

Then after midnight, they honor those who have had cancer, and those who have lost someone to cancer.

Participants light candles and in a bag with the name of the person with cancer, then they walk a lap.

The last but not least is the fight back ceremony. It is the last ceremony of the event, and people make commitments to save lives by fighting cancer.

At Relay for Life there are food, games and many activities for the kids.

“I’ve had a lot of family that has cancer and a friend in Ohio has leukemia, it was really personal. I was thinking about the people I know,” PSA sophomore Sarah Robinson said.

Many people may hesitate or think twice about going to Relay for Life because they might think that all you do is walk laps around a track for 24 hours, and that’s it, but really it’s all about fighting cancer and being there for those who have lost someone to it.

“Well I never really wanted to do relay for life, until my teacher, [Academy English teacher Laura Salamone] was diagnosed with it, then I realized it really does effect everyone,” PSA sophomore Maddie Smith said.

Many people who attend Relay for Life say that they really enjoy the time spent there and it’s a great event to support those who have lost people to cancer or those who are experiencing it.

“What I expect at relay for life is a lot of walking, a lot of speakers. It seems like a good opportunity to give back”, New participant Bailey Ernst said.

So if you or anyone who has lost anyone to cancer, Relay for life cares, and want to be there for you every step of the way.

By: Blessed Seneh

The First EMAC Film Festival

Sophomore Trevor Stiff was hesitant when he received his assigned group for the first Emerging Media and Communications (EMAC) Film Festival.

Staying true to his original group, Stiff and his team members started forming the plot line for their short film. Each film had to be between 2-3 minutes, include the given prompt, “The End of the Line” and the required prop, a pencil.

Along with the short film, each group had to create a movie trailer, a movie poster, 5-7 behind the scene photos and tweet every 30 minutes.

“The last time we had a film festival, my team really procrastinated on editing our segment. When it finally got done exporting, we were 15 minutes past deadline and it was really embarrassing,” freshman Bethany Tallon said.

 Unfortunately, for some groups the postproduction took longer than expected.

“Nothing seemed to work like it should. Our equipment was lagging and our Internet kept turning off, it was very frustrating,” sophomore Keith Kellenberger said.

By 3 p.m. all products had to be posted on the EMAC WordPress site, with the videos embedded. All of the group’s videos had to be uploaded to YouTube by the deadline in order to watch and talk about each film.

Each group’s movie trailer was played first, and then their film was played. Sophomore Trevor Stiff’s group had the most feedback on their short film. Even though their film was over the time limit, the audience was hooked.

“I was surprised that everyone laughed, because it wasn’t really suppose to funny. I wasn’t ready for the huge applause at the end, it was really overwhelming,” Stiff said.

All in all the second EMAC Film Festival was a success. Although there were technical difficulties, the students liked how they could use their creativity throughout their products.

Story By: Megan Menegay

Photo Courtesy of: Emma Eells


EMAC Elections

As students enter the lecture hall, nervous feelings begin to form in the stomach of sophomore Megan Menegay. It isn’t everyday that she has to make a speech in front of a crowded room.

“All throughout the day, I was freaking out. All through my classes I couldn’t pay attention,” Menegay said. “I was so focused on working with my speech.”

“I was really nervous because I thought my other opponent was going to win because he was equally as qualified,” sophomore Regan Sullivan said.

As the 2011-2012 school year comes to an end, freshman and sophomores were allowed to sign up for Emerging Media and Communications (EMAC) Academy officer elections for next year.

“When we got the e-mail that we could sign up. I thought it would be a good idea to try something new,” sophomore Trevor Stiff said.

To sign up for an officer position you had to go to EMAC coordinator Irma Kennedy and tell her the position that you were running for. Each student didn’t have to fill out any other forms besides preparing a speech to say in front of the entire EMAC academy.

“I choose to sign up for the officer position three days before election. It was kind of a spur of a moment thing,” Menegay said.

The officers were chosen by their peers and teachers. Students were given a survey to take during the school day to choose next years officers.

“Making my decision for each officer position was difficult because all I knew everyone running for election,” sophomore Christina Burke said.

Before the students made a decision on who they wanted their EMAC officers to be, they each listened to them say their speech. Students in attendance were ready to listen to their peers try and convince them to vote in their direction.

“I thought that every single one of the speeches given by the candidates were great. Because all of the speeches were so good it was hard to make a final decision in the end,” sophomore Kristin Anderson said.

Not all participants of the election received a position as an officer. The Sidekick adviser Chase Wofford posted the results of the election at the end of the school day so everyone could see.

“I can’t wait to be the new president. I know all of the new officers very well. I can’t wait to work with them,” Menegay said.

President- Megan Menegay
Vice President- Regan Sullivan
Media Representatives- John Loop and Maggie Crosby
Treasurer- Mark Slette
Sophomore Representative- Jamie-Lynn Francis