Soccer player kicks into gear on and off field

Discipline, leadership and determination are only a few qualities that make an athlete great. After years of playing soccer, junior Jaime Thompson has developed all of these characteristics and more.

Junior pen packets available for pick-up

Juniors can pick up their pen packets in Mrs. Holmes room, 5240. Packets are due back to Mrs. Holmes by Fri. May 9.

Graduation orders due by March 1

If graduating seniors have not ordered their graduation cap and gowns or invitations, please do so before March 1st.

Radcliffe’s new horror flick has no magic

After seeing the previews for Daniel Radcliffe’s newest film, I was anticipating how scary it would be. As a horror movie fanatic, I was excited and ready to be scared.

AP test registration open

Registration for Advanced Placement exams is Feb. 27 – March 7. Cash, checks, debit or credit cards are accepted. Checks should be made payable to Bryan High School.

Senior superlative forms to be handed out Wed.

Senior Superlative nomination forms will be handed out Wed. during English.

Softball finishes 3rd in weekend tournament

The varsity softball team competed in the Southlake Tournament and finished 3rd out 32 teams. The Lady Vikings finished with a 3-2 record for the weekend.

Orchestra performs in UIL contest

The orchestra had a strong showing and were awarded a two on stage and a one in sight reading.

Mural Club brings color to school

Whether students hope to be the next Picasso or can only draw a stick figure, everyone can find a place in mural club.

Wrestler remains undefeated to win gold

Seniors David Jones and Laura Hawk competed in the UIL State wrestling tournament this weekend.

Swimmer flies to gold at state

Senior Haley Clark competed in the UIL State swim meet this weekend in the 100 Fly and the 50 Free.

Swinging into a passion for golf

Checking the wind speed and direction, choosing the correct club, stepping up to the tee and swinging, hoping to make it to the green – those are just some of the steps junior Clayton Hudson goes through each time he steps on a golf course. For the past three years he has participated and excelled on the high school golf team.

Trend of being different makes hipster mainstream

Our surroundings have a big impact on us, and as a result, we think that we need to have what everyone around us has or we won’t fit in. As a kid, I wanted every new toy that came out just so I would fit in. Now it ironically seems that the one thing that everyone wants is to become “hipster”.

Art students win at VASE

Competing at the 2012 Visual Arts Scholastic Event at Conroe High School on February 11, 25 art students came away with 32 different medals.

Senior honored with rare privilege

Senior drum major Denzel Brown, was named Drum Major of The Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps.

Wrestlers take down opponents to advance to state

Your opponent has you in a headlock, and there seems to be no escape. Seconds are ticking away as time runs out. You think back to all your hard work; everything you have done to prepare for this moment. You get a rush of adrenaline and suddenly, you get them down on the ground, trapping them on the mat. It’s all over, the referee raises your hand, signifying that you won.

Softball dominates during local tournament

The varsity softball team won three games at the rain-shortened BCS Tournament.

AV production students advance to state in Skills USA competition

The Skills USA AV Production Team competed at the district meet at Lamar University in Beaumont.

Shy-Annes awarded for hard work

This weekend the Shy-Annes competed in their 2nd contest of the season walking away with numerous team, group, and individual awards.

Cosmetology excels at Skills USA Competition

During the weekend of February 18, Cosmetology students competed in the Skills USA competition at Taylor Career Center and Lamar University in Beaumont.

FFA celbrates National FFA week

Local FFA members invite students to celebrate National FFA Week by joining in dress-up day activities and games to be held during all lunches.

Auto technology students advance to state in Skills USA competition

The Skills USA Auto Technology Team competed at the district meet at Lamar University in Beaumont.

Hunger Games leaves fans craving more

It seems like you run into something about The Hunger Games everywhere, whether you’re on Pinterest, Facebook, or any other media site.

Choir solo and ensemble students earn high marks

The choir participated in the UIL Solo and Ensemble last week. Over 120 students competed and many came out with division 1 and 2 ratings.

Color guard earns spot as finalist

The color guard competed in a preliminary competition at the Winter Guard International Austin Regional on Saturday at Lehman High School where they earned a spot in the finals competition held that evening. This is the fourth year in a row that the team has been an Austin Regional finalist.

Students place in speech/debate meet

The speech/debate team traveled to Katy High School on Feb. 18 for UIL competition.

Balfour representatives to take orders Friday

Balfour Representatives will be on campus Friday during all lunches in the Blue Commons to take orders for Caps & Gowns and Invitations.

Are students college bound, or bound by college?

The prevailing attitude among students seems to be that the singular goal we should all work for is attending college. The belief is that if you earn a good GPA, participate in extra curricular activities; you get accepted to the college you choose.

Student shows off musical abilities

Ever heard of a one-man band? Senior Jonathan Davilla is that person, as he plays several different instruments, including the violin, cello, piano, and guitar.

Shy-Annes shine at competition

Last weekend the Shy-Annes competed in their first dance contest of the season winning 3rd place overall.

Lady Viking softball season begins 2-0

The softball girls defeated #20 Los Fresnos 6-1 during tournament play Thursday.

Phony Photographers Be Gone!

With the recent advances in technology, just about every phone has one thing on it: a camera. This gives anyone the chance to freeze a moment in time simply by pushing a button.

46 years and counting; a legacy of excellence

As generations of students move through the halls of Bryan High, one teacher has been there through it all; Coach Rose Gregg. For 46 years, Gregg has continued to push students for excellence.

Holiday Feature: Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day

Jr/Sr Powderpuff game set for March

The junior/senior 2012 Powder Puff game will be held Thurs., March 1.

Student transfer window open

The opportunity for parents to request a student transfer for the 2012-2013 school year is now open.

Parent Night to be held Feb 21 and 23

Students and parents are invited to attend Parent Night to learn about academic and extra-curricular options for students, as well as learning more about the course-selection process. Tuesday, February 21st is the Parent Night for incoming 9th grade families.Thursday, February 23rd is the Parent Night for current BHS families who have students that will be in grades 10-12 next year.

These events will take place in the Silver Cafeteria from 6:00-7:30pm.

Senior wrestlers state bound

Seniors David Jones and Laura Hawk qualified for state by winning their divisions Saturday at the regional meet.

Limiting letter jackets to exclude nonscholastic sports, unfair

At the beginning of freshman year, there’s a host of experiences and traditions incoming students look forward to like homecoming mums, spirit days, prom and letterman jackets.

Wrestling advances nine to region

The boys’ wrestling team finished in second place with 154 point at the District 25 meet Saturday, Feb 4. The girls team finished fifth with 38 points. Nine Vikings qualified to move forward and compete at regional.

Fine Arts puts on a wicked rendition of classic musical

The Wizard of Oz, a classic American cultural entity, is cherished by children and adults across the country–and messing with something so treasured is always a risk.

Still, the risk paid off for the Fine Arts department over the weekend as they performed their interpretation of The Wizard of Oz to an audience that was left both delighted and fulfilled.

Potter spellbinds Cullen’s bite

The Twilight Saga has become one of the most well-known phenomenons among pre-teens since it’s big-screen premiere on November 21, 2008. Since then, it’s been difficult to go a day without hearing the names Edward Cullen, Bella Swan and Jacob Black. Yet, these people are insane to believe that Twilight is on the same level as one of the greatest book/movie adaptions of all time – Harry Potter.

Shy-Annes move into competition season

Students interested in trying out for the Shy-Anne Dance/Drill team can attend a meeting that will showcase the high energy contest routines on Feb. 8th in Gym 3 from 5:00-6:00.

Prevent teen suicide; add light, not darkness

Seth Walsh, 13, attempted to take his life on September 19, 2010. He was found by his mother hanging from a tree in their backyard, and was on life support for ten days. He had tried to take his own life because of the constant bullying he endured at school for being openly gay. Even before coming out he was called derogatory names and had to be home schooled on two seperate accounts.

Takin’ it to the hoop

ESPN is a fixture in most households across the nation, but few viewers have the chance to personally know the athletes featured on the television channel.

Bryan High students are an exception, as senior J-Mychal Reese has not only been featured on ESPN, but in numerous sporting publications and scouting organizations for his success in basketball.

In fact, ESPN.com ranked Reese as their No. 28 prospect nation-wide for high school basketball players overall.

Legalization of Marijuana Debate: Against

Marijuana legalization is a topic that has been debated for years now. No matter what you say, or do there are people who will always argue with you till the end. The surprising thing to most people is where I stand on the issue.

Legalization of Marijuana Debate: For

The legalization or banning of various substances is based on the harm they could cause to people who use them. Marijuana being the most used of these substances, and the cause millions of arrests and thousands of hours of police time being wasted.

Fine arts department to provide twist on old classic

On Feb. 3, 4 and 6, the fine arts department will showcase their production of The Wizard of Oz, but with a new twist. Countless hours of rehearsal and preparation have gone into this year’s production, and the audience can look forward to a unique rendition of the show they know and love.

National signing day

Four seniors signed to play football with junior colleges Feb. 1.