CHS Sidekick and KCBY Chosen as National Pacemaker Finalists

The Sidekick student newspaper, led by adviser Chase Wofford, and KCBY student tv station, led by adviser Irma Lazos-Kennedy, were chosen as 2020 National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA) Newspaper and Broadcast Pacemaker finalists. NSPA Pacemakers are the highest national honors given to high school journalism programs. Coppell High School is the only school — public or private — in the U.S. to have Pacemaker finalists in both newspaper and broadcast categories.

The Coppell Student Media website www.coppellstudentmedia.com, which houses content from both The Sidekick and KCBY, won an Online Pacemaker Award for 2020.  Awards were announced Nov. 21 at the virtual  Journalism Education Association and NSPA High School Journalism Convention. 

Congratulations to The Sidekick student journalists:

  • Trisha Atluri
  • Shreya Beldona
  • Neha Desaraju
  • Samantha Freeman
  • Lilly Gorman
  • Akhila Gunturu
  • Blanche Harris
  • Victoria Hertel
  • Avani Kashyap
  • Anjali Krishna
  • Meer Mahfuz
  • Sreeja Mudumby
  • Sally Parampottil
  • Shivi Sharma
  • Tracy Tran
  • Camila Villarreal


Congratulations to the KCBY student journalists:

  • Natalie Adams
  • Khushi Banzal
  • Arunima Chhimwal
  • Jada D’Silva
  • Conner Escobar
  • Rohan Jani
  • Hally Leonard
  • Thea Massi
  • Aaron Ma
  • Rose Park
  • Mark Santuae
  • Juliana Thompson
  • Hailey Wilkins