Indoor Percussion group places third at competition

Viking Indoor Percussion (VIP) completed its season by placing third in Scholastic AA Class as part of Texas Color Guard Circuit Indoor Drum Line competition. This is the first year for this competing unit. It is comprised of both percussion and non-percussion students and even includes four 8th grade students from both Jane Long and […]

Seniors invited to create star for Wall of Stars at prom

Seniors are invited to participate in the Wall of Stars for “Oscar Night: Celebrating the Seniors of 2013”, Prom 2013 by creating their own Star of Fame during their Academic Enrichment time in 4th period. Seniors can come to room 5240 to create their star which will be displayed on the Wall of Stars. If […]

Trainer informational meeting set for tomorrow

The athletic trainers will be holding an informational meeting for all students that are interested in becoming a student athletic trainer for next school year. The meeting will explain who they are, and what they do, as well as allow students the opportunity to ask questions. It is open to anyone that is interested in […]

Big brother overstepping bounds

As the number of students cutting class across the nation increases, school districts have turned to extreme methods in an effort to control attendance. Several schools have implemented a microchip device in student identification badges that monitors the location of students on campus. This topic has sparked controversy in several school districts, especially in Texas […]

JV color guard takes home bronze medal

The JV Color Guard members won the TCGC bronze medal in the Novice class division. The Varsity team will compete in the Scholastic National A division of the Texas Color Guard Circuit Championships event at Reed Arena on Sunday, April 7. Times are not available yet.

FFA students receive accolades at invitationals, local competition

McClennan FFA Invitational Floriculture Team – 15th out of 97 Senior Jerry Ramirez – 5th out of 350 Tarleton FFA Invitational Ramirez placed 7th out of 412 contestants in Floriculture Junior Makayla Cruz placed 14th out of 630 contestants The following students participated in the Brazos County Youth Livestock Show and Rodeo: Makayla Cruz – […]

Lady Viking softball defeats Bastrop

The Lady Viking softball team defeated Bastrop 9-3. Bryan. 2 1 2 0 2 2 0 9 12 5 Bastrop 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 3 4 2 Winning Pitcher: Rebecca Peirce (10-3) Pitcher earning the Save: Rachel Ullmann (1) Leading Hitters: Brittney Jones: 2-2, 2b, Homerun (9), 3 runs, 2 RBIs, Base-on-Balls […]

Students advance to region at UIL district competion

The Bryan High UIL Academic team competed at the district meet at Conroe High School on Saturday, March 23. The following students placed: Douglas Edge – Current Issues – 2nd Place* Andy Ramirez – Computer Apps – 3rd Place * Jesse Baxter – Computer Apps – 4th Place Tie Jordan Engel – Computer Apps – […]

Athlete uses sport as method of escape, stress relief

“Runners set, runners to your mark.”
These are six intense words that hype athletes before they start running as they are stepping onto the track. For sophomore track athlete, Kaitlyn Brock, these words can be the beginning of a victory, but to her, winning isn’t all that matters.

Weight of the world

When pushed to the limits of their abilities, many students would simply give up and walk away. Junior Michael Cadena is not like most students. When faced with a challenge, he pushes himself as hard as he can, and then a little harder. Michael is active in several sports, including football, wrestling, and track, and while he does well in all, he excels in arguably the hardest of all – powerlifting. Michael is one of the best powerlifters on campus, as well as the state.

“Valete!” [Goodbye] To Latin: Course to be removed from Bryan High

Fame, coast, school, picture, miracle. What is the common factor for all of these very different words? They’re all derived from Latin – a vital language that is the basis of many other languages. The removal of the Latin program from Bryan High has left many questioning the reason behind the decision.

Minimizing mistakes: Students, staff responsible for safety of school

Our number one priority, on a daily basis, is to make sure our students are as safe as possible,” principal Lamond Dean said. “So there is a response [plan for] anything that there may be a concern [about].” Most people like to believe that students are fairly safe at school everyday, and that’s the goal […]

Read Between the Lines: Looking for Alaska

“I know so many last words. But I will never know hers.” Not knowing her last words haunted Miles Halter after her disappearance.

Secrets, scandal, seduction create primetime sensation

Two can keep a secret if one of them is dead. This particular death, however, is a little more complicated than most. Murder, suspense, drama and thrills; all words I use to describe the hit series Pretty Little Liars.

Student trainer benefits from opportunity to work with pro team

With so many choices and possibilities after high school, it is easy to become lost. It may be hard to set life goals and do what is necessary to achieve them in high school. For senior Matt Walker, the path is clear.

Color guard earns honors at Winter Guard International competition

The varsity color guard competed at the Winter Guard International Houston Regional at Dekaney HS last weekend, and came in 1st place for the preliminary round of competition which automatically advanced them into the finals competition that evening. They ended up 7th overall in finals. Currently, the color guard team is ranked 31st out of […]

Not in love with the boat, vacation sinks happiness

I was expecting paradise, tanning on the beach, shopping and overall, a tropical adventure on my cruise to South America this holiday season. Sadly, I was less than impressed with the ports where our ship docked.

Just what the doctor ordered: Teacher transitions from pharmacy lab to classroom, prepares students

Either you know exactly what you want to do, or you have no clue. You’re lucky to find one occupation you like, but two? After being a practicing pharmacist for thirty-three years, Hammond Oliver Pharmacy Tech teacher Anne Ballard transitioned into the field of teaching.

I wish I knew then…

You hear your named called and get that butterfly feeling in your stomach as you walk up the steps and across the stage to receive your diploma. All of a sudden, you are headed towards your next step in life and you realize that the plans you made for yourself are ready for you to take. The question then becomes if you are ready to take them.

FAFSA and TAFSA information workshop to be held March 7

A FAFSA and TAFSA Workshop will take place on Thursday, March 7 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Assistance will be given to seniors and parents to complete the FAFSA and TAFSA applications for students who meet the Texas Residency Status Requirements. Visit the Go Center in room 5136 to make your reservation and to see what documents […]

Softball team opens district play with win

The varsity softball team started District 14-5A play with a win as they defeated the #5 ranked Conroe Oak Ridge Lady War Eagles 4-3. After four scoreless innings the Lady Vikings broke through in the 5th. Junior Ally Bessette lead the inning off with a walk. Junior Morgan Isbell then followed with an infield single. […]

Choir students advanced to state competition

The Bryan High Choir competed in UIL Solo & Ensemble Contest on Feb. 14. 110 students performed solos and 75 received a 1st division rating. Of the 75 (1st division ratings) 46 qualified for State Solo & Ensemble Contest in May at the University of Texas in Austin. *Qualified for State *Aaron Sowell *Abby Wunneburger […]

Band students earn first division ratings

The following students earned a 1st division rating from their performance at UIL Region Solo & Ensemble. *Qualified for State Flute solo Zachary Spicker Rachel Whitmer Oboe solo Cassie Fellers Patric Morgan Bassoon solo Kendall Callen Clarinet solo Addie Henry Gayle Konderla Steven Moehring Brighid Nugent Morgan Torres Alto Clarinet solo Kimberly Bosquez Bass Clarinet […]

Art students receive superior ratings

The following students competed in the Regional Visual Arts Scholastic Event on Feb. 16 and received superior ratings of 4. Angela Criaco, Lindsey Gomez, Carolos Granados, Lorena Ibarra, Kayla Martin, Devon Merritt, Gary Shockey, Andrew Buck, Brenda Bustos, Hannah Charanza, Jose Cruz, Jenna Goen, Suzette Mireles, Steven Moehring, Miriam West, Kerra Bordieri, Blaine Brezina, Janiqua […]

Gun users take fire, punished for crimes they didn’t commit

As more mass shootings take place in America, the topic of gun control becomes more prevalent with the public. In response, President Barack Obama has recently made a controversial proposal to congress regarding the nation’s gun control laws aimed at the nations weapons holders. Now, more than ever, it is critical that citizens are familiar with the second amendment. As a free nation, we must realize that we cannot blame the masses for the acts of the few.

New gun control laws bring hope

Over the past few years, statistics have shown that gun crimes seem to be dramatically increasing every year since 1999. Since the Columbine High School shooting of 1999, the Virginia Tech shooting of 2007, the Batman shooting of 2012 in Aurora, Colorado, and the most recent Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Connecticut in 2012, including numerous others in between, have left American hearts in pieces.

Turtles are not fun to eat

Every team has their members and their colors but the most important part of any team is their mascot. The mascot is in the background cheering from the sidelines to raise their team’s spirit. While Bryan High has Thor the Viking, the Norseman staff has their own mascot – one that has been around since I joined the Norseman Staff my sophomore year.

Overcoming obstacles: Teacher turns tragedy into triumph

“My mom told them I would live,” world history teacher Patricia Bailey-Jones said. “She told me she didn’t believe God woke me up and brought me out of that burning house just to let me come to the hospital and die.”

Catfish: MTV reels in new reality show

Decades of traditional TV shows have come to an end as our generation moves away from cartoons and family shows and into the world of reality TV. Reality TV seems to be all over TV station these days; serving a multitude of audiences, with shows targeting groups from middle-aged housewives to teenage mothers. The latest of these shows is Catfish.

Wrestler’s career ends amid head injuries

When faced with challenges or obstacles that arise in everyday life, many of us give up if we cannot see an easy solution. It seems that giving in when things get tough has become part of the teenage norm. Instead of considering other options or persevering through hardships, they turn to complacency. They are faced […]

Boenker earns 100th RBI

Bryan 6 Belton 2 Belton 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 3 1 Bryan 1 2 0 3 0 0 x 6 10 1 WP: Peirce (3-1) 6 Ks Leading Hitters: Erica Russell 2-4, 2R, 3 RBIs, BB, 3B, 2 SB Reagan Boenker 2-4, 3 RBIs, 2B Morgan Isbell 2-2, 2R, HP Highlights: […]

The Fall raises cinematography

Watching The Fall is like being a child again, reading your favorite bedtime story, complete with vivid imagery and uniquely imagined characters. However, unlike most fairy tales,this one is viewed through the imagination of a disturbed child and told by a drug addict. The movie darkens more as the movie progresses. Despite this, the movie captures a series of highly imaginative and beautiful scenes in both the real world and the storyworld, from the tragic opening scene, to the final, dramatic duel in the little girl’s imagination.

Pride Team encourages student responsibility

Personal Responsibility In Daily Efforts is the main goal of the PRIDE Team; to encourage students to work hard in school so they are eligible to attend field trips by meeting certain criteria.

Softall team keeps Cove scoreless

Bryan 10 Copperas Cove 0 Cove. 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 6 Bryan. 0 1 2 0 7 10 10 0 Wp: Jones 1-0, 9 Ks Lp: Duran 0-1 Leading hitters: Reagan Boenker 2-4, 2b, hr(1), 2 runs, 2 RBIs Erica Russell 2-4, r, RBI Courtney Meier 2-3 run Brittney Jones 1-2, 2b, […]

Viking wrestling qualifies four for state tournament

The viking wrestling team competed in the 5A Region IV tournament on Feb. 8, 9 in San Antonio. With 11 boys and 1 girl competing, the team finished 6th place out of 49 teams and qualified 4 wrestlers for the state tournament in Austin on Feb. 21-23. Rafael Aguilar 126lb class – 5th place Nathan […]

Viking cheerleaders win National Championship, Grand Champion High Point

The Viking cheerleading squad won the National Championship title and were also awarded the Grand Champion High Point award during the American Cheer Power National Championship in San Antonio. Click on the video below to view their performance.

Appreciate each moment, present is a gift

In the midst of the freezing winter months, people dream of summer vacations, bikinis, pool parties, and trips to the beach. Most want to trade in those fuzzy boots for a pair of sandals, and feel sand between their toes rather than snow under their feet. Yet, in the midst of summer, we long for the frigid winter, bonfires, and the chance to bring the newest pair of Ugg boots out of our closets.

Livin’ a YoungLife

This October, my friends and I sat on the bleachers watching the Viking football game like most Friday nights in the fall. Boredom began to strike while the scoreboard remained unchanged and time passed slowly. Then, we were suddenly approached by a girl. She immediately sparked conversation after conversation with us, adding some much needed pep to our average night. (I later learned was a YoungLife leader). I appreciated the fact that she didn’t just come out and say that she was a leader or try to smooth talk us into going, like some entrepreneur opening a new business would have. She took the time to get to know us before talking about what YoungLife was and by the end of the night, we exchanged numbers and that’s where the journey began.

BHS survey available for parents/teachers

Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey from Bryan High School. Your input is vital in refining a plan for BHS and will give you an opportunity to share your thoughts on what is needed to shape the strategic direction for our school’s future. This 15-20 question survey should take less than […]

Wrestling team members advance to regional meet

The wrestling team advanced 11 athletes to the regional meet to be held at the Blossom Athletic Complex in San Antonio on Fri. and Sat.

Unexpected changes lead to interesting journey

I was overjoyed when I heard that one of my favorite books, The Hobbit, was being made into a film. I got even more excited when I found out that the film would be split into three parts, allowing each movie to be more detailed. However my hopes were dashed from the opening scene.

Sadie Hawkins dance scheduled for Feb. 16

Sadie Hawkins goes 2st Century with Sadie Rave “Neon Nights”. Febr. 16, 8pm – Midnight Silver Cafeteria $6/single ticket BUT $5/each if purchased in groups of 2+ $8/at door Girls ask guys OR gather a group of friends Prizes for best matching group and couple Prize for best neon attire “This isn’t your mother’s Sadie […]

AcaDec team brings home medals from Regional meet

The AcaDec Team participated in the Academic Decathlon Regional Competition at Montgomery High School on Jan. 24-26. The team competed against 14 other Region 6 schools and returned with 13 medals. Honors Category: Henry Brandesky – 1st place Honors student Molly Stevenson – 2nd place Honors student Arkezznik Washington – 3rd place Honors student Scholastic […]

Million Dollar Movie Date

Planning on a cheap date to the movies? Think again. After buying the tickets comes the one thing that makes a good date; the snacks.

Volume 42 Number 1

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Volume 42 Number 2

Published in December 2012 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. Volume 42 Number 2

Volume 42 Number 3

Published in March 2013 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. Volume 42 Number 3

Volume 42 Number 4

Published in May 2013 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. Volume 42 Number 4

Dreams transform into nightmares as expectations falter

I dreamed a dream that when one of the world’s most famous musicals came to the big screen, I would be blown away. I feel guilty for not loving the Golden Globe winning, critically acclaimed Les Miserables as much as everyone else, but it didn’t impress me much. Of course the cinematography and star studded cast were phenomenal, but for me, the story itself was problematic.

Memories captured through a lens

In the late 1800’s a peculiar type of art was rising and slowly becoming popular among the masses. With the invention of Brownie cameras by Kodak in the early 1900’s, photography became popular and progressive technology has led us to modern day DSLRs. Through cameras, pictures capture a moment in time and gives people the ability to create art.

Friendship strengthens bonds on court

A big part of friendship is having a connection. When you share something you love with that person, it makes the friendship much more special. For juniors Kia White and Penny Watson, basketball is a common interest, but their friendship goes past the gym doors.

New life, unknowns create stress

Maybe it’s hormones or maybe it’s just me being paranoid as usual, but I honestly expect the worst. I’m not saying having a baby is horrible or anything, but I do think that my life will change dramatically.

He shoots, he scores: Viking senior has passion for the game

As the referee tosses the basketball into the air, the mood set in every player intensifies. Those quick seconds feel like hours while the ball spins, leaving the players fighting for control on the court. This scenario is all too familiar for viking senior AJ Pulliam, whose love for the game has remained strong for many years.

Student orientation set for Monday

Students and parents are invited to attend a Parent Information Night on Monday, January 28th from 5:30 to 8:00 pm. 5:30 — Program Gallery (booths will be set up on Silver Campus to showcase academic, athletic, and extracurricular opportunities) 6:15 — Presentation for 8th grade students/parents in the Large Auditorium on the Blue Campus (an […]

Exchanging perspectives: German student gains new experiences far from home

The first day at high school can be nerve-wracking, even if your home is just down the street. But what if your home and everyone you knew were over five thousand miles away? For foreign exchange students like Jonathan Kedaj, this is reality. Jonathan arrived in Bryan to spend the first semester of his junior […]

Teacher has Wright stuff, dedication

Students believe that everything is a crisis, like when they can’t go out Friday, when they are grounded for a week, or even when they have a test. If only life was that hard. Unfortunately, there are some students that have faced more difficult problems, such as getting into accidents and becoming paralyzed, or being […]

Art teacher honored at annual Texas Art Education Association Conference

Art teacher Jennifer Easterling was awarded Art Student of the Year earlier this year by the Texas Art Education Association (TAEA) for her work in college. The state level award was given to her at the art convention in San Antonio on November 15th.

UIL academics teams place at local meet

The UIL Academic team participated in a local meet on Saturday, January 12. Results are listed below. News Writing 2nd Place – Alanis King 3rd Place – Emma Raleigh 4th Place – Maurissa Ramirez 5th Place – Justin Sanders 6th Place – Andrea Mendes Feature Writing 2nd Place – Emily Nash 4th Place – Emma […]

Life lessons derived from teaching, problem solving, encouraging competition

School – necessary and very beneficial indeed, we can all attest to that. But by the end of a long school week, nearly everyone is exhausted and ready for the weekend, and most of us make it pretty obvious with our demeanor. However, for algebra II teacher and football coach Matthew Rice, that quality isn’t apparent. Everyone has their bad days, but Rice minimizes those days as much as possible, and doing what he loves helps him to be successful in that.

Mandatory cheer informational meeting

There will be a mandatory informational meeting for all students interested in trying out for the 2013-2014 cheerleading squad on Tuesday, February 12 at 6:00 in the Silver Cafeteria. REQUIRED: Must bring a parent or guardian Must bring your most recent report card Must bring a current physical Tryout Clinic/Practice Dates: March 4-7 Time: 4:30-5:30 […]

Last chance for senior pictures scheduled for Friday

The final opportunity for seniors to take senior pictures for the yearbook with Photo Texas Photography is scheduled for Friday, January 18. Seniors who have not taken a picture will be prescheduled for a time slot and notified by Tuesday, January 15. If a student does not receive a pass, they should stop by room […]

Vikings make splash: New diving team making their mark

When the word ‘sports’ comes to mind most think of football, basketball, or baseball, but what about all the others? Unfortunately, many high school students don’t view sports out of that realm, but divers at Bryan High are challenging that way of thinking.

Tragedy ever after: Traditional fairy tales twisted, modernized to capture audience

Once upon a time Snow White found her prince charming and she lived happily ever after… Except for when their wedding day was interrupted by Snow’s stepmother, the evil queen and she threatens to curse the entire land so that she’s the only one with the happy ending.

Gangnam Style set to break one billion view mark

Music is considered a universal language, a force that is meant to bring people together in celebration of common achievements. Then there is the hit song Gangnam Style. Like it or not, most have heard the trademark beat of Korean Pop single PSY’s hit, and wondered what exactly the lyrics mean. So is this just a passing craze, or will Gangnam Style remain in popular culture for years to come?

Off-campus lunch makes students more responsible

Ever since elementary school we’ve been accustomed to waiting in a line for our lunches. As we get older, get our driver’s license, and get a sense of freedom and responsibility, a lot of students would say that off-campus lunch would be something appropriate for them.