Volleyball teams heads to the playoffs

The volleyball team won their playoff warm-up match at Elgin Friday by beating Elgin 25-21, 15-25, 25-23, 26-24.

Holiday Feature: Happy Halloween

Halloween was brought to the United States by Irish immigrants, after Halloween and All Saint’s Day had been celebrated in the Celtic tradition for several centuries. The modern celebration of Halloween formed as the Celtic festival Samhain, which celebrated the return of ghosts to the earth, merged with All Hallow’s Day, which was previously known as All Saint’s Day. Over time, All Hallow’s day evolved to become Halloween

Speech and Debate team hosts open mic night

The Bryan High Speech/Debate team is starting Open Mic Tuesday’s

Preparation for choir’s annual performance underway

As the holiday season approaches, so does the annual Feast of Carols performance by the choir. In its 28th year, the show remains popular and continues to sell out performances.

Out of the box thinking, success

Throughout high school, it’s typical for the average student to be taught that gaining certain academic achievements is the only thing that matters.

Obtaining the status of National Merit Scholar, Top 10%, or commended performance on TAKS seems to be all that teachers, administrators and other students talk about.

Dancing their daughters to corruption

“Relevé! Plié! Jeté!” If these commands sound the least bit familiar, consider tuning into Lifetime’s new hit TV series, Dance Moms. On the show, hysterical mother’s live their lives to watch their extremely talented daughters practice and compete in dances of all genres throughout the nation.

By the Ledger: Latin, academic programs fall victim to budget cuts

Due to increased pressure on the school budget and declining enrollment, administrators were forced to cut certain academic programs. Latin, which was previously one of the four foreign languages taught, is now being phased out, as students this year can no longer take Latin I.

Vikingoteo starts the year off with a musical fiesta

Vikingoteo will be starting off their performance season on November 2nd at Sue Haswell park with an evening concert.

Freshman football records win

The Freshman Silver team defeated by a score of 19-0. The Freshman Blue team lost to Belton by a score of 28-40.

Volume 41 Number 3

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DJ Diversity: Taking the throne

As the clock struck midnight on August 8th, I found myself rushing to iTunes to purchase the most glorious album since My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. I am speaking of Watch the Throne, of course. Two of the most talented hip hop artist of our generation are compiled into a single album to produce the most powerful music my ears have ever heard.

Volleyball team enters into bi-district match

The volleyball team will play Mesquite Horn Tuesday, November 1 at 8:00pm at Fairfield High School.

Snapping into rhythm, student remains centered

Under the glow of the stadium lights and behind the roar of the crowd, senior Lance Graul can be seen each Friday night snapping the ball into play for the Vikings and marching alongside the band.

Yet, for Graul, the work doesn’t begin on Friday nights.

Volleyball team moves into play-offs

The volleyball team defeated Shoemaker 25-15, 25-15, 25-18.

High hopes for Breaking Dawn

Like the majority of books with film adaptations, Twilight doesn’t convey the same meaning in film form.

Real Vikings wear pink: breast cancer awareness movement kicks off

As the scent of pumpkin pie fills the air and the leaves begin to cover the ground, the colors of brown and pink instantly come to mind. Pink, a color that may initially seem odd for autumn, will fill Merrill Green Stadium on October 28 in support of breast cancer awareness.

MTV brings Awkward series to teens

MTV’s new series Awkward, is uncomfortable for any one, but for the star of the show, Jenna Hamilton, this is a part of her everyday life at high school.

The Lying Game, ABC Family’s latest teen hit

The Lying Game, ABC Family’s newest show airs Tuesday at 7:00 P.M., is a hit. Though the show is very popular, after watching the first 5 episodes of ABC family’s latest teen drama, I’ve found that it seems to be just like another hit series: Pretty Little Liars.

In the name of duty; student marches through life long barriers

Memorizing calls, mastering push-ups and perfecting flag showings are difficult tasks that take dedication from all members of the JROTC (Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps). For junior Kevin Sellers, however, the level of difficulty is taken to a whole new level.

JV and freshmen football fall to Harker Heights

The JV Blue team was defeated by Harker Heights by a score of 13-27 Thursday night falling to 1-4 in district play and 4-4 overall. The Freshmen Blue team lost their game by a score of 7-22. The Freshman Silver team ended their game with a 14-14 tie.

William vs. Harry, who is the real prince charming?

When it comes to royal masculinity, there are two princes who continue to sweep the world off their feet. Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Prince Harry ofWalesare two royals who have gained major popularity in recent pop culture.

Viking Theatre presents Twelve Angry Jurors

Twelve jurors must decide the guilt or innocence of a young boy on trial for the brutal stabbing of his father in the Viking Theatre’s 2011 Fall Production of Reginald Rose’s Twelve Angry Jurors.

Don’t Be Afraid, it wasn’t that scary

Being a fan of horror movies, I was very excited to see the movie Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark. I had seen many previews to the movie, and I was patiently waiting until the premiere, yet after seeing it, I was a little disappointed.

Red Ribbon Week to raise awareness of substance abuse

Red Ribbon Week, which aims to help students remain drug-free, is the oldest and largest drug prevention campaign in the country. Red Ribbon week will be hosted on campus October 17-21, with Student Council sponsoring activities throughout the week.

Viking Volleyball falls to Copperas Cove

Bryan volleyball fell to Copperas Cove 18-25, 18-25, 26-28 Friday night at Viking Gymnasium.

IB: Discovering CAS (Creativity, Action, Service)

CAS (Creativity, Action, Service) is an integral part of the International Baccalaureate program that is designed to demonstrate a student’s extracurricular involvement.

Each of the three facets of CAS are also designed to ensure that the IB student emerges from the Diploma Programme as a more well-rounded individual.

The world according to Abel: The Lion King

The movie has a special place in not only my heart, but the hearts of my entire generation. When the news broke that it was going to be rereleased in 3D, my friends and I couldn’t contain our excitement.

JV and Freshman football comes up short against Copperas Cove

Copperas Cove Gold defeated Bryan JV Blue by a score of 58 to 14. Copperas Cove Blue won against Bryan JV Silver by a score of 36-14. Bryan Freshmen Blue lost with a score of 19-35. Bryan Freshmen Silver lost with a score of 0-28.

Youth leadership Day unites students, makes difference in community

United Way is a national organization that focuses on resolving community issues and making a positive impact on the community through partnerships with schools, businesses and local governments

Teacher steps out of the classroom, gets involved in student life

While some subjects are more theoretical, others are designed for specific professions. Graphic Design teacher Ted Vaughan teaches one of these courses.

Vaughan has been teaching architectural design and engineering design at Bryan High for 19 years.

Computer Science team takes 6th place

Five students competed in the Texas A&M Computer Science Contest: Internet Privacy ’11 on Saturday along with teams from 16 other schools in the state.

The team, made up of sponsor Jason Cordes, sophomores Nathaniel Colwell and Terry Polsgrove, juniors Gabriel Harrison and Jenna Williams and senior Rachel Bryan, secured sixth place in the competition.

The world according to Abel: Mayhem Fest

It’s 108 degrees at three o’clock on a Texas afternoon. Now, smart people would be inside with the air conditioner on full blast but not me! On Wednesday August 10, my dad,my best friend and I set out on a mission; a mission to release the inner monsters that were craving the mosh pits, the loud speakers in our face and the thrashing of guitars that went right to our cores. Mayhem Fest 2011 was our destination.

Last week to purchase a senior package

This is the last week to purchase a senior package. Any seniors interested in purchasing package must pay Mrs. Dominy (room 6160) and fill out the paper work by the end of the day Friday, Oct 15.

Junior Class to host football dinner

The Junior Class Council will be hosting a football dinner with Texas Roadhouse ribs, chicken or hot dogs before the game on Friday, Oct. 28 from 5-7 in the Silver Cafeteria. Additionally, there will be silent auction items available.

Dresden Files captures readers imagination

In the world of fantasy books, the Dresden Files stand above the rest for a plethora of reasons. The Dresden Files are based in Chicago around the wizard Harry Dresden.

Paying attention to your body, know your symptoms

More often than not, when you’re feeling ill, you usually just take some over the counter medication and go about your day. But what happens if your illness is much more serious than you imagined?

Shy-Annes to host dinner before game

The Shy-Anne Chicken Dinner is October 14th from 4:30-7:00 in the Silver Cafeteria.

JV and Freshmen football fall to Consol

A&M Consolidated Maroon JV defeated Bryan Blue JV by a score of 47-14.

It’s not easy being green in Texas

You always hear about people’s experience with “awkward moments”, ranging from seeing an ex-boyfriend or girlfriend at the mall, to bumping into people at school. I have a different type of awkward moment pretty much every single day.

Culture Shock: Transitioning from private to public school

Transferring to a new school is one thing, but transferring from a private, christian school to a public high school is a whole other story. That story is mine.

Shy-Annes to hold garage sale

Saturday the Shy-Annes are having a garage sale in the Blue Cafeteria.

Femme Fatale still reigns supreme

For years, Britney Spears has had an incredible impact on pop music and culture. She has managed to sell over 100 million albums during her career, and is a pop legend who has been on top of the world for over her entire career.

Vikes improve to 2-0 in district

Bryan defeated Killeen Shoemaker in a nail-biter with a score of 21-19.

Annual tailgate to be held for Crosstown Showdown

As the Viking-Tiger rivalry reaches its peak, there’s no doubt that the Crosstown Showdown against A&M Consolidated is this week. In support and spirit of the big game, Student Council hosts an annual tailgate party outside of Kyle Field from 5:00-7:00.

College Night scheduled for Wednesday

College Night is Wednesday, October 5th from 6pm to 8pm at the Brazos Center.

The world according to Abel: Growing up

If I had a time machine I’d go back to my childhood. I miss the days when I could jump off my roof pretending to fly and break my arm. Yet ,instead,my daddy would still tell me one day I would kiss the clouds; and I would believe him.