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.

Trash the Tigers by bringing canned food

The Crosstown Showdown food drive is an annual competition between Bryan High and A&M Consolidated to see which school can donate the most canned foods to the Brazos Valley food bank in a week.

JV, Freshman Football claim wins against Killeen Shoemaker

In their fifth games of the season, the Freshman Blue and both Junior Varsity Football teams claimed victories this week. JV Blue won 50-23 against Killeen Shoemaker, JV Silver 9-6 against Pflugerville Hendrickson and Freshman Blue 24-12 against Killeen Shoemaker. Freshman silver fell to Killeen Shoemaker 0-26.

Volume 41 Number 2

Published on September 30, 2011 by the Bryan High School Norseman in Bryan, Texas. To zoom in or magnify, please use the toolbar at the bottom of the viewing window.

Students should stick to spirit

If you look around the school you might notice the banners hanging in the silver cafeteria and the sticker decals scattered around campus windows.

School should not waste limited funds

Have you ever noticed how many stickers or posters are on Silver Campus? There are other ways, the school could be spending money, like giving it to academics departments instead of cutting their budgets.

Texas weather doesn’t wilt band, football players

Sweating every ounce of water out of your body standing in the hot sun, wondering when this heat will come to an end is a common sensation for students. Since the beginning of this year Bryan has experienced over 50 days above 100 degrees. Most of us are avoiding the heat by staying indoors, but for football players and band members, staying indoors is hard to do.

Varsity volleyball wins against Harker Heights

The Bryan Varsity volleyball team played Harker Heights on Tuesday, September 27th.

Rip Tide washes over awaiting fans

It’s August 30th and Beirut fans all over the world are rushing to their local record store to purchase the small brown Indie album with “The Rip Tide” written on the middle of it.

Varsity football victorious in Homecoming game against Killeen-Ellison

Bryan defeated Killeen-Ellison in the Homecoming game on September 23rd at Merrill Green Stadium with a score of 56 to 7.

Withdrawal of American troops will cause chaos in Middle East

President Obama has recently outlined a plan to withdraw the majority of United States forces out of Iraq and Afghanistan by December 2012, which would leave only a small amount of soldiers behind to maintain order in the Middle East.

Varsity Volleyball wins against Killeen Ellison

Bryan improved its district record to 2-3 by defeating Ellison 25-21, 25-22, 26-24.

Freshman football triumphs over Killeen Ellison

The Freshman Blue team won against Killeen Ellison with a score of 27-15

Choir audition for All-Region a success

The Bryan High Choir kids performed incredibly on Saturday at All-Region choir auditions and earned a spot in the 2011-2012 All-Region Choir. The top 15 in each section will compete at Pre-Area auditions in November. The following memebers made All-Region: James Mosqueda 5th – Bass 2 Forrest Herman 14th – Bass 2 Kyle cade 15th […]

Senior Package order date extended

Seniors interested in purchasing a senior package have until October 15 to do so. Packages can be purchased for $90 with Mrs. Dominy in room 6160.

Senior Pictures: October 1

Photo Texas Photography will be on campus Saturday, October 1 for senior pictures.

MTV without music has no rhythm

When is the last time you saw a music video on MTV?

No, I’m not talking about those 20 second clips of songs in between endless reality shows; I’m talking about a real music video.

Orchestra students start year in new direction

While some schools may only offer band and choir for the musically inclined, Bryan High also has the option of orchestra. This year, orchestra is twenty-eight members strong and takes care of the students’ fine arts credit.

Although orchestra teacher John Lemons has been with BISD for five years, this is his first year with high school students.

JV football falls to Killeen Ellison

The JV Blue Football team lost their game by a score of 30-23 against Killeen Ellison.

Culture Shock: European, American Gastronomy

Americans eat out a lot; there’s no denying it. Students pick up Chick-Fil-A after practice or go to Casa Rod if nobody feels like cooking. It’s normal to us; a way of life.

Essentially, anywhere you travel in the United Sates, you will see familiar faces, even if you are miles from home. McDonalds, Olive Garden, Red Lobster and Pizza Hut exist all over the country.

In Europe, this isn’t the case. Although the streets may be full of restaurants, there are typically fewer chains. There are many home-style restaurants that cook traditional foods indigenous to that region.

Viking Graphics and Animation club to meet Wednesday

The Viking Graphics and Animation club will be meeting on Wednesday morning at 8:00 in room 6133 to plan projects and activities for this year.

Wrestling practice to begin in October

After school practice for the 2011-12 wrestling season begins Monday, October 3rd.

Student learns life lessons through volleyball

Determination is an important value on and off the court, and one student who possesses that ability is senior volleyball player Alyssa Micheletti.

Micheletti has been on the volleyball team since her freshman year, and she says the sport plays a significant role in her life.

A&M representative to be at Go Center

A representative from Texas A&M will be in the Blue Commons in front of the Go Center this Thursday, September 22, during all lunches.

Essay contest opportunity

The Daughters of the American Revolution are extending an invitation to students in grades 9-12 to participate in the Christopher Columbus Essay Contest.

Eat at Rosa’s, raise money for PTSO

The Parent Teacher Student Organization, PTSO, will be partnering with Rosa’s Cafe on University drive Wednesday evening for a profit-share fundraiser, in which the organization will receive 15% of sales.

Patrons who are looking to benefit the PTSO should notify salespeople that they are with Bryan High School or obtain a flyer from a PTSO member. The fundraiser will run from 11:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M.

Nuclear Power: Too Dangerous to Use

Nuclear power has been harming the environment through the radiation produced by nuclear power plants. We should decommission our nuclear power plants before they cause more damage than they already have.

UIL informational to be held Thursday

There will be a UIL ice cream informational Thursday, September 22 after school in the Blue Cafeteria.

Varsity football, volleyball play at home this week

The Bryan Vikings will play Killeen Ellison for the Homecoming game on Friday, September 23 at 7:30 at Merrill Green Stadium.

Homecoming festivities a week-long celebration

Today kicks off the homecoming festivities; a week full of crazy style, Viking spirit and, of course, dressing to impress for the long awaited homecoming dance.

Students spend the week looking forward to the pep-rally and football game on Friday, where students and alumni come to support and watch the Vikings win, and the dance on Saturday night, but there are many activities throughout the week that build up to Friday and Saturday’s main festivities.

PSAT registration under way

The PSAT and PLAN tests will be given at Bryan High School on Wednesday, October 12th.

Required classes come with added value

Students are often frustrated by the course requirements for graduation and what are sometimes seen as ‘useless’ courses that they are required to take. However, most of these classes are not ‘useless’ and there is reason to their requirement.

Waste of time: Students forced to take irrelevant classes

Out of all the useless classes we’re forced to take, math is the worst. I understand that in high school you don’t really know what you’re going to do when you graduate, so they compensate for that by throwing you into every possible class you might need.

New scholarships, test fee waivers available

Several scholarships are available to college-bound students to apply for this fall, and for students looking to take the SAT or ACT, test fee waivers are available in the GO Center.

Facebook remains at top of social media

Facebook or Twitter? One or the other. Which would you pick? I personally prefer Facebook.

Student, Class Councils Officers Announced

After elections over the past two weeks, new officers assumed their duties within the Student Body, Junior and Senior Class Councils.

The world according to Abel: Raves

What’s better than dancing to loud dubstep, bright laser light shows, and being in a room full of strange people who you’ve never met before hugging you and saying how much they love you, all while wearing crazy clothes and sharing their beautiful glowing kandi “braclets”? Nothing if you ask me!

JV Football wins 27-22 against College Park

The JV Blue Football team won their game by a score of 27-22 against College Park.

‘Be the One’ for Bastrop ISD

Bryan ISD will “Be The One” for Batrop ISD during their time of need following the devstating fires in their community.

Morris helps students calculate individual approach to math

Though math is a subject most students struggle with, good teachers can make the subject less of a hurdle and even instill a sense of respect for the subject.

Jill Morris, math teacher and department chair, has been an educator for 15 years, seven of which have been at Bryan High.

Opportunities for students to learn about colleges, universities

For Juniors and Seniors planning on attending a college or university after high school, many opportunities are available to learn more about each school and the application process.

Twitter dominates social media

Can you remember rushing home everyday after a long day in middle school to check if someone commented on your newest picture on your MySpace page? Or, Christmas morning your freshmen year, when getting your very first iPhone, you bolt to find 3G service so you can download the Facebook app? It may seem like every year there is just another social networking site trying to consume all of our lives, but I feel like Twitter will remain popular for a long time.

First FFA Meeting Scheduled

The first FFA meeting of the 2011-2012 school year will take place on Monday, September 19 in the Blue Cafeteria at 6:30pm.

Flexible Year Plan bends into two sessions

FYP, the Flexible Year Plan, is a program that allows schools to send home students who meet certain criteria two weeks early. Traditionally, the FYP two-week period has been held at the end of each school year.

This year, however, FYP will be split into two, one-week periods. The first FYP period will be the week after winter holidays. The second FYP period will be at the end of the school year as it has been in the past.

Band to hold Spaghetti Dinner before Homecoming Game

Before this year’s homecoming football game on September 23, the Viking Band will be hosting a spaghetti dinner from 4:30 to 7:00 P.M in the Silver Cafeteria.

Volleyball opens district with wins

The Lady Viking Volleyball team began district play on September 9 by beating Belton 20-25, 25-10, 25-17, 25-19 at the Viking Gym. In addition to varsity, both Freshman teams came away victorious. Freshman A defeated Belton with a score of 25-13, 25-27, 25-1 while Freshman B won with a score of 25-16, 25-21. JV ended the night with 25-22, 23-25, 16-25.

Freshmen, JV Football victorious against Round Rock McNeil

In their second game of the season, the Viking Freshmen and Junior Varsity Football team won each of their games against Round Rock McNeil on Thursday.

The JV Blue team won 19-14 as the JV Silver team won 16-0. The Freshmen Blue team won 31-14 and the Silver team won 13-8.

Viking Volleyball defeats Huntsville

In their last game before district play, Bryan defeated Huntsville at Huntsville 25-20, 25-23, 21-25, 24-26, 15-13.

The Vikings were led by junior Reagan Boenker with 25 kills and 22 digs. Sophomore Jessica Pffefer had 11 kills and 6 digs. Junior Abby Cullen added 8 kills and 42 assists while junior Brittney Jones added 5 kills. Junior Brittany Little had 19 digs.

Plugged In: the cloud: now with less precipitation

As students gain access to school Google accounts this fall, much of the world will also be dabbling in the cloud, as services like iCloud and Dropbox become even more popular.

These services store user’s information online, reducing the need for people to keep their documents saved to their computer. Plus, these services also allow users to access their files anywhere, like on a smartphone or public computer at school.

HYPE to hold first meeting Thursday

HYPE (Hispanic Youth Promoting Education) will have its first meeting of the year on Thursday, September 8th at 4 p.m. in room 2124.

Glee movie off key: storyline detracts from music

Despite my love of the popular T.V. show, Glee: The 3D Concert Movie left me disappointed and yearning for the elements that make the sitcom great. As one of the biggest “gleeks” I know, I was pumped to hear Glee was coming to the big screen. I’ve been watching the show from the beginning, and […]

Lady Vikings take 2nd at Ragin’ Rattler volleyball tournament

In San Marcos, the Lady Viking Volleyball team came home with a 2nd Place title in the 2011 Century Link Ragin’ Rattler volleyball tournament after defeating Second Baptist and Temple on Saturday.

JV Football wins 22-21 against Clear Springs

In their first game of the season, the JV Blue Football team came away with a 22-21 win against Clear Springs. The JV Silver team fell to Clear Springs in a final score of 24-12.

Culture Shock: breaking language barriers, creating bonds

After not seeing some of my relatives for ten years, I finally had the opportunity to visit them in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. I was thrilled about going. Not only would I be seeing my family again and living with them for two weeks, I was also going to be working with a medical brigade for the first time.

As the time to go drew near, I became more nervous. How would I fit in with my family? Would I be able to communicate well with everyone? Would I be able to adapt to a new atmosphere? I guess you could say I was just being too anxious about the whole trip, but to be completely honest, I was a little terrified about going for two weeks.

Junior Class to hold Homecoming Dress Sale

For girls looking to purchase dresses and accessories for the 2011 Homecoming dance, the Junior Class Council will be hosting the Homecoming Dress Sale on Saturday, September 10 in Gym 3 from 8:30 A.M. to noon.

The dresses and accessories range in price from $5.00 to $50.00. All proceeds will benefit the Junior Class Council, which funds and organizes the Junior/Senior Prom.

Underclassmen Pictures Friday

Photo Texas will be on campus Friday, September 2 taking underclassmen pictures. All 9-11 grade students, including Hammond-Oliver, will take pictures during their English class. If a student does not have English class, they are welcome to come any time during the day.

Cheerleaders to host Hamburger Dinner Sept 9

For the first home Viking Football game, the Cheerleaders will host their annual hamburger dinner fundraiser in the Silver Campus Cafeteria from 4:30-7:00 P.M.

Tickets, which can be purchased from any Viking Cheerleader, cost $9.00 apiece with all proceeds benefiting the Cheerleader Booster Club. Attendees can dine-in at the silver cafeteria or pick-up their meal via drive-thru in front of the silver cafeteria.

Coffee Party: Pick Your Battles (and make them up too!)

When President Obama isn’t off interrupting Bachelorette episodes or playing golf, he occasionally makes time to deal with pressing domestic and international issues, like taking down al-Qaida or rescuing the American auto industry.

Yet, the President and Speaker Boehner were apparently not content with just playing games on the golf course, for they also wanted to produce a full-fledged crisis that put our nation’s economy and credit in danger.

Student Council, Class Council Meetings

The Freshmen, Sophomore, Junior and Senior Class Councils will be meeting on Wednesdays immediately after school in Room 1200. The Student Council will meet following the Class Council meetings at 4:00 on Wednesday afternoons in room 1200.

2011 yearbooks available for pick-up

The 2011 yearbooks are available for pick-up in room 6160 before school, after school or during lunch. If you were unable to order a book last year, there are still a few books available for $75 each. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Dominy, 979-209-2580.

Vikings to kick off new season Saturday

For the opening game of the 2011-2012 football season, the Vikings will face Clear Springs at Veterans Memorial Stadium in League City, Texas on Saturday at 7:00 P.M.

Lady Vikes take fourth place at Leander Volleypalooza

During the first week of classes, the Lady Viking Volleyball team competed in the Leander Volleypalooza Volleyball tournament, in which they finished with a fourth-place title.

Deathly Hallows makes magic at the theatre

While some people were jumping into bed at 10PM, many others across the world were in their seats at a local theatre awaiting the end of an era. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, the final installment of the Harry Potter franchise, was released at midnight on July 15, 2011. The long awaited finale was expected to be big and thanks to many adoring fans it lived up to that prediction.

Volleyball Season Opener: Lady Vikes vs. Brenham

Bryan fell to Brenham in their season home opener 13-25, 22-25, 20-25 Tuesday night. Reagan Boenker led the Vikings with 12 kills and 11 digs. Brittney Jones and Alyssa Micheletti added 3 kills each. Abby Cullen had 20 assists. The junior varsity team lost 17-25, 17-25. The freshman A team lost 23-25, 23-25, and the freshman B team lost 17-25, 25-15, 9-15.

Viking Volleyball competes in Westwood Tournament

Lady Viking Volleyball players competed this week in the Westwood Volleyball Tournament, ending the 3-day tournament with a record of 1-5.

Open House to be held August 29

Parent Open House and orientation will be held on the evening of August 29 from 6:00 to 7:30.

New superintendent brings leadership, perspective to difficult school issues

Students may not start classes until August 22, but for new Superintendent Thomas Wallis, preparing for the school year began on July 1.

Wallis, the former Superintendent of Palestine ISD, began reading about the new Superentindent’s job in mid-Spring, as it appeared in postings on Texas Education websites, but hadn’t initially considered applying for the position.

Taking the cloud by storm

In a new shift in technology policy, students will receive Google accounts for email, calendaring and other online services. The new Google Apps accounts will replace student First Class e-mail accounts this school year. The shift will bring many changes and improvements to the way students can use technology for educational purposes.

School website upgrade

Visitors to the Bryan High School website will notice many changes this fall, as the online edition of The Norseman takes the place of the previous website.

All of the same information is still accessible through the new website, using the ‘School Information’, ‘Faculty & Staff’, ‘Extracurriculars’ and ‘School Calendar’ navigation buttons in the left sidebar of Additionally, students, parents, faculty and community members will be able to view the latest news and articles from The Norseman.

Students to ‘spoon’ on campus for PTSO, Band

Spoons, a popular frozen yogurt eatery, will be in the Silver Cafeteria on August 9-10 during schedule pickup, from 12:30-2:30, and August 29 from 5:30-7:30 during Open House for students, parents and staff to help support the PTSO and Viking Band.

Proceeds from the sales of frozen yogurt and toppings during schedule pickup will benefit the Band, while the proceeds from Open House will benefit the PTSO. The yogurt will be sold for $3.00 each.

Norseman archives now available

In an effort to preserve the history of Bryan High School, The Norseman has made past copies of its publication, starting with Volume 10 in 1980, available for download on The offering is a part of a website upgrade by the Norseman staff for the 2011-2012 school year.

The issues can be accessed by visiting and selecting a desired year and month. All online articles that have been posted since the creation of are also accessible through this interface.

Schedule Pickup 2011-2012

For the 2011-2012 school year, schedule pick-up will occur from August 8, 2011 to August 11, 2011 from 11:30 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. in the silver cafeteria, in which students and parents will have the opportunity to double-check their scheduled courses, pay any fines, purchase parking permits and pick up their textbooks and IDs for the upcoming school year.

Summer SAT/ACT prep courses, practice exams available

A&M Consolidated graduate and current Cornell University undergraduate student Frank Liu has returned to the Bryan/College Station area this summer to offer SAT counseling and preparation for high school students. Liu is a part of a national Ivy Insiders organization that pairs high-school students with students from Ivy League Universities for SAT preparation.

School Board approves new dress code

At a meeting on June 13, the School Board approved a new dress code policy that requires shorts and skirts to extend to the top of the knee, male students to be clean-shaven with tucked-in shirts and prohibits athletic shorts and pants outside of approved activity, among other changes.

Principals, Advisors to oversee grade levels

For the 2011-2012 school year, Assistant Principals and Academic Advisors will be assigned students based on grade level instead of by alphabetical order. With this change, the assistant principals and academic advisors will also be moved to the same offices.

Rules & tips for surviving high school if your mom is a teacher [Humor]

1. Be prepared to be in a club they sponsor….even if you don’t want to, 2. All of her coworkers will know your name and face, 3. Her stuents will know your dreams, weird habits, favorite foods and childhood memories, 4. When you get in trouble….., 5. Stuents will always ask you for the test answers or tell you stuff you don’t want to know.

Social Dissertation [Essay]

Do you try on shoes? Well I hope you know what you’re doing. Have you ever put yourself in others’ shoes?

If you look at other people and think negative thoughts toward them; that’s sad. Good and evil lies within a certain disposition of will. It’s only human nature to put yourself at the top of the food chain. Stereotyping is a sickening way to do that.

The Teaching Dead: Part II [Fiction]

Sorry it’s been a while since my last journal entry. A lot of crazy stuff has been going on here at Bryan High since Phranklin and I found out that the freaky teacher, Ms. Eichelberger, is a zombie.

This morning, we all came to school thinking we would have a regular Monday. We showed up to homeroom, but something was missing – there weren’t any teachers in any of the classrooms. Where were they? Running around the school, eating human flesh for breakfast.

Journalist wins top honors at state meet

On Thursday, May 5, junior John Fuller attended the UIL State Academic Meet in Austin.

He competed in both news writing and editorial writing after advancing from region competition in Waco with a 1st place finish in news and 2nd place finish in editorial.

DDR [Cartoon]

Cartoon by the Otaku Club

Project Graduation ticket deadline looming

Seniors planning to attend project graduation on May 28 have one more opportunity to purchase tickets for the event.

PTA parents will be in the Blue Commons again on May 20 for the final day of ticket sales.

These hallways were made for walkin’

With only five minutes for each passing period this year, it has become increasingly important for everyone to get to class in a timely manner.

Yet, many students continue to act as if we have an endless amount of time to rendezvous at the school.

Adjusting to reality, Bureau reveals romance

When 2011 began, there was an expectation that new and better entertainment would come out. One of this year’s new releases, The Adjustment Bureau is a movie that can easily confuse, though it still has good features.

Student cuts up with LOL donation

Today, most people who go to the salon to get a haircut are there for reasons of vanity, but for some people it’s all about giving back. A national program named Locks of Love (LOL), allows people of all ages to snip away their hair to give children who suffer from hair loss self-confidence and pride while battling through multifarious diseases and disorders.

Modern twist on classic fairytale falls flat

We all know the story of Little Red Riding Hood, the tale of a girl in a red cloak who was to take a basket to her grandmother, but ended up being a nice snack for a hungry wolf. This year, a new and slightly twisted version of Little Red Riding Hood came out in theatres.

Technology in the Classroom: History, English, Cooking

A spotlight on how the history, english and cooking classes are using technology.

Technology in the Classroom: Math, Art, Foreign Language

A spotlight on how the math, art and foreign language classes are using technology.

History teacher challenges students to link future to past

Teaching takes a lot of heart, and in Chad Cryer’s case, that statement has an even deeper meaning. The AP United States and IB 20th Century History teacher recently underwent open-heart surgery in the fall of 2010. After seven years of teaching at Bryan High, it was an adjustment to return to the classroom after such an experience.

Faith fosters on-field success

While baseball has served as America’s pastime, to senior Brent Westmoreland, baseball is a passion and a sport that provides valuable life lessons.

Community careers create opportunity for students

A high school diploma grants each student incredible opportunity. Yet many don’t explore the depth and extent of this opportunity in considering potential careers after high school.

One of the most overlooked job paths for high school students is in working for the city, and, as the city undergoes rapid expansion and growth, these jobs are increasingly important.

Praise sung about scholarly athlete

In high school, being involved in different extra-curricular activities while maintaining good grades isn’t always a simple task. While balancing choir, softball and her schoolwork, senior Emily Peirce is a good example of what it takes to succeed in each of these areas.

Students pencil in a troubling new trend

In the past, a high school student might go home after school and read a book for fun. Now, it’s common to find American teenagers sitting in front of the television set, mindlessly watching programs with no educational value. Though there are many ways to learn new things about the world around us, the desire to learn in adolescents is almost nonexistent.

Academics win top focus in student program

Academic Decathlon (AcaDec) is a yearly competition that tests students’ knowledge in multiple categories including art, mathematics and science to name a few. Students compete individually and as a team to advance through the competition.