Coppell High School Top Ten Stories
By: Taylor Stiff
10: Coppell High School Band
They march during all of the football games at Coppell High School. The halftime show is always centered and focused most on what the band has to offer. Each year they come up with a new performance to wow the audience.
The CHS band also does a lot of concerts and individual performances. They have won the Sweepstakes Award at UIL for the past 12 years. As the band has constantly been growing every year so does their talent.
9: Rakestraw's Cowboys win one for Kamryn
Kamryn had a surgery in September to remove the tumor and it was successful. The whole soccer team had an extra shot of motivation to play for during their season. They dedicated it all to Kamryn.
The support for this little girl in Coppell was amazing. From the T-shirts that said, "FAITH, COURAGE, FIGHT" and the soccer team winning a playoff spot. Through all of this hard time Coppell and the Rakestraw family fought through it all.
8: Future Filmmakers Shine in Spotlight of CHS Film Festival
This was the first year of the CHS Film Festival and it is sure not to be it's last. Lots of friends and family of the filmmakers joined in the auditorium to watch all the films from middle school students to high school students. There also was a guest judge from Chazown Films.
The judge, Michael Spangler, picked differents films to win in different categories There was a middle school section as well as a high school section. Overall the festival was a huge success.
7: STAAR Testing Requirements Under Change
The bill has passed with about 400 to two so far but this bill could cause some changes as well. The graduation plan could get rearranged if the tests change. There are a lot of parts to the bill so it has to be thought out carefully.
From 15 tests to five required tests are being suggested in the bill for the sophomores and under. The Whole STAAR testing idea started about 20 years ago but now some people think it isn't such a good idea. Overall they think we spend way too much time testing instead of learning.
6: Girls Varsity Golf Road to State
The group of girls were seniors Tiffany Breitenwischer and Lexi Kearney, juniors Taylor Icenberger and Hannah Jiao, and sophomores Chaithra Katamneni, Sol Lee and Payton Cupstid. The total amount they shot was 305 each day for a total of 605. They accomplished a lot from the past years.
All of Coppell was really proud of these girls and their accomplishment of going to state for CHS the first time. After countless hours on the course their hard work payed off. Now the girls team is ranked fourth in the state.
5: Ultimate Frisbee Club Wins State Championship
Lots of hard work and dedication brought the team to this victory. They started the game off with a 5-1 record. There were six games total in the state championship.
They won one game after another and kept playing till they won it all. All the kids on the team love every minute of the sport. They can't wait to go to nationals on May 11.
4: Voters Pass 79.5 Million Bond Package
Since the Coppell area has been growing so much. This bond will bring a lot of new opportunities to more students. Valley Ranch Elementary enrollment rose from 550 students to over 680 in the past five years.
With the bond passing, it also will make it easier on the kids that have to be bussed to their school since it will now be closer. Also with the technology it can cause both problems and benefits, but the benefits rise a little higher than the problems. So far the bond is looking good for Coppell.
3: Year of the Coppell Boys Soccer Adds Another State Title to Trophy Case
This is the second soccer state title for Coppell High School. They won the season with 24-2. The team knew if they believed they would win anything was possible.
The game was super close but Coppell made it through with victory shining on their faces. This is a game that the team and Coppell will never forget. It was full of excitement and celebration.
2: Coppell ISD Adds Grief Counselors After Death of a Second Student
Blackwell committed suicide just before 4 p.m. on Tuesday. District Officials did not think that the suicide was related with the disappearance of Jacob Logan. Many of the students have taken this week really hard so CHS brought in more counselors to help cope.
This week was already tough on the whole school but now with two gone it made it a lot tougher. The counselors helped with the waves of emotion, especially with the senior calls. Both of the boys were seniors.
1: Family, Friends Mourn Coppell Teen Who's Presumed Drowned
Since the Lake was at least six inches shallower many possible things could of happened The scuba team was having a hard time finding the body because the water was very dark and dusty. Coppell was in full shock, especially the Logan family.
Lots of people came over to the Logan's house to give gifts of their sorrow. Jacob Logan was on the CHS football team and many other sports. He was known by most of the High School and never will be forgotten. This was a bad accident that Coppell had to go through.