Author travels back to the future with hit book Ready Player One

The year is 2044 and the world is an ugly place. The Great Recession has taken it’s toll on the world’s economy, resources are scarce, there’s an ongoing energy crisis, catastrophic climate changes, widespread famine, poverty, disease, and many wars. In 2012, an online simulation was released that changed the life of many across the world, as people of all ages and backgrounds spend every waking hour on it, the Ontologically Anthropocentric Sensory Immersive Simulation (OASIS). This is the world created in Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Softball team defeates Livingston

Bryan 17 Livingston 6 Bryan. 3 1 1 0 6 4 2 17 19 4 Livingston. 1 3 0 0 1 1 0 6 7 4 WP: Ullmann (3-1) Leading hitters: Morgan Chavarria 3-3, 3 runs, 2 RBIs Desiray Sauseda 3-5, run, RBI Jordan Waggoner 3-4, 2b, BB, 2 runs, RBI Saleen Quinonez 2-4, BB, […]

Track athletes place at meet

The girls’ track team competed on Friday. See highlights below: Chassidy Rusk – 1st shot – 40 feet Charnell Gibson – 5th shot Kaitlyn Harris placed 2nd in the Long Jump with a 16’9″ Sprint Relay won with a 48.5 (Kaitlyn Harris, Chahnyce Foster, Quinteria Johnson, and Jamie Kennedy) 4×200 Relay got 2nd with a […]

Indoor percussion group earns 4th at contest

Indoor Percussion placed 4th this weekend at he TCGC Cypress Lakes Percussion Competition. The group bettered it’s season opening score by more than five points and placed 2nd overall in its class for music against a much larger and more seasoned field of competitors. VIP is picking up momentum as it heads toward Winter Guard […]

Softball team finishes 7th at tournament

The softball team finished 7th out of 64 teams at the BCS Tournament during the weekend. The Lady Vikings finished with a 4-2 record. In the 7th place game the Lady Vikings rallied with 2 outs in the 7th inning to defeat Kingwood Park 5-3. Junior Chandon Morris knocked in sophomore Saleen Quinonez from 1st […]

Tennis team begins spring season

The Viking tennis opened their spring season with freshman Jacy Smith winning the A girls singles draw at the CSHS invitational. Other Vikings who placed were Tanner Toomer and Emily Henderson who won the Mixed Doubles B Draw. Lexie Rieger finished 8th in the B Girls singles event, Andre Montague finished 9th in the B […]

Students advance to state FCCLA, Skills USA

Students competed across the state at SKILLS USA this weekend. Applied Engineering (4th Place) Austin Carter Danielle Van Orman Alex Tag Thomas Schwalen Video Game Design (2nd Place) Cread Dotson Danielle Van Orman Clancy Fisher Cake Decorating Loghan Jordan – Superior Rating (advanced to state) Cosmetology Cosmetology Quiz Bowl – State Qualified 2nd place out […]

Choir qualifies 41 students for state competition

On February 19th choir students competed in UIL Solo & Ensemble Contest. -107 students competed -79 received a division one rating (the highest mark) -41 qualified for State Solo & Ensemble Contest in May -30 of the State qualifiers are (Juniors, Sophomores, and Freshmen) The following students earned a division 1 ranking and qualified for […]

UIL academic students earn honors at Consol invitational

Editorial Writing Robert Morgan – 5th Place Jesse Baxter – 6th Place Headline Writing Robert Morgan – 2nd Place Jesse Baxter – 5th Place Literary Criticism Ben Gerzik – 2nd Place Ben Gerzik, Lilly Chilek, Natalie Fisher – 2nd Place Team Ready Writing Natalie Fisher – 3rd Place Lilly Chilek – 6th Place Science Patrick […]

Taking a stand against society: British band introduces real world problems through concept album

The Gorillaz are distinguished for many reasons. They are a virtual band, meaning real people record the songs while cartoons are used for all the media, such as their music videos and posters. This group of misfits, 2D, Russel Hobbs, Murdoc Niccals, and Noodle, have practically fallen off the face of the earth, but after a three-year hiatus, a long awaited comeback is here with the initiation of “Phase 4.” Maybe you know them, maybe not. Perhaps in the deepest realms of your memories, you can remember hearing “Feel Good Inc.” on the radio. Though their resurrection is a hot topic, the point of discussion is their 2010 album, Plastic Beach.

Wrestlers advance to state meet

The boys wrestling team finished 10th as a team with 85 points at the Class 5A Region III tournament Saturday at the Berry Center. John Quinonez (152), Ezra Hernandez (195) and Kenny Kelley (285) all qualified for the state tournament next weekend to lead the Vikings. Hernandez placed second in his weight division while Quinonez […]

Shy-Annes earn awards at weekend competition

The Shy-Annes attended a dance competition in Killeen on Saturday and walked away with 17 awards. Solo Awards: 2nd Runner up: Grace Wall 1st Runner up: (Tie between Baylea Johnson and Macy Ponzio) WINNER: Destinee Vargas Team and Ensemble Awards: – Academic Champions 1st PLACE (Team GPA avg. of 3.466) – 3 small officer ensembles […]

Full court press: Athlete creates kits to combat cancer

As a shooting guard for the lady Viking basketball team, senior Jordan Lopez-Rhodes knows how to reach a goal. However, Jordan’s story doesn’t start or end on the court. Since last year, Jordan and her family have been striving to reach a different goal: helping to ease the suffering of cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy.

Good Things – February 2015

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Welding warrior: Ag sparks interest, direction for senior’s career

Sparks fly as two burning, red hot pieces of metal are welded together at the hands of dedicated students in the agriculture department. This subject area helps students tap into different career paths and experiences before they go into the workforce. Although some students might not know that they want to work in ag, others have known for years that this is the path they want to take. Senior Austin Birdwell has been taking steps towards a career in agriculture and is doing whatever it takes to reach his dreams.

Senior shoulders weight of leadership, lifts team

Weights slam onto the floor, as another dead lift is completed. Cheers from the crowd encourage the competitors to keep going. The grunts and groans of the lifter, as they struggle with the next set to show their determination, this is the world of power lifting.

Use technology for good, not evil

For decades, students have taken to bathroom stalls with Sharpies in hand to spread gossip and rumors. However, the bathroom stalls have ceased to be the primary avenue for such information. Recently, many have taken to social media as a new means to spread hateful rumors to a larger audience.

Wrestling finishes 2nd at district

The boys finished second in the District 10-5A wrestling tournament and advanced 10 of 14 wrestlers to region. Bryan scored 250.5 points to finish behind tournament-champion Huntsville, which scored 253.5. Kenny Kelley won the 285-pound division while Aaron Salinas (106), David Frazier (126) and John Quinonez (152) placed second. Other regional qualifiers from Bryan include […]

Indoor percussion earns 2nd place at competition

Viking Indoor Percussion (VIP) kicked of it’s 2015 season with a 2nd place finish in TCGC percussion competition this past Saturday at Leander High School. VIP self-promoted this year to a higher, more competitive class after an incredibly successful season in 2014. At the end of the day the difference in scores was less than […]

Orchestra students earned division 1 ratings at UIL competition

Orchestra students competed at the UIL solo competition on Sat. Feb. 7. Students earned 4 class one, division one medals; 4 class two, division one medals, and 1 class three division one medal. Students earning division 1: Andrew Buck Gloria Gonzalez Kaitlyn Montgomery Kimberly Lamb – Piano Kimberly Lamb – Violin Laura Moreno Madison Potts […]

Swimmers advance to state competition

During the region swim meet 12 swimmers competed in prelims and advanced to the final round. Both senior Harrison Jones and freshman Julia Cook advanced will advance to the state meet in Austin on Feb. 20. Jones was also named Athlete of the Meet. Final Results Julia Cook – 1st in 50 free 23.33 and […]

For the love of the game: Nationally ranked freshman demonstrates leadership on team

Everyone has hobbies; something they like to do every once in a while or daily. Every once in a while, someone finds a hobby or activity which fits them perfectly and they fall in love with it from the start. Freshman Jacy Smith found tennis years ago and has been playing ever since.
“Since [Jacy] was about two years old she would drag a racket around the room and play with a balloon,” Jacy’s mother, Jaime Smith, said. “She played in her first competitive tournament was when she was about six.”

Building relationships through engineering, architecture classes

For 22 years, Ted Vaughan has been teaching students how to solve problems through Engineering Design and creating floor plans for homes and other buildings through Architectural Design, but that’s not all he did while he’s been here.

Student steers to success: Freshman finds purpose, passion in ag organization

When agriculture classes are introduced to students, the initial thought may be that it teaches how to farm, but opposed to that common belief, many ag classes offer much more, from giving students an opportunity to show their own steers and heifers to teaching them skills that are essential to everyday life as adults. Ag also has support organizations, such as 4-H, which is a youth mentoring organization, and FFA, which is a guide to careers and future endeavours. In and out of school, freshman Wilsey Wendler is a prime example of a dedicated and enthusiastic member of the agriculture organization.

Udder Success: Junior places at livestock show, unearths love for agriculture field

Bright, blinding lights illuminate the cement hallways of the arena as you make your way to the main floor. “How do I look good enough?” “Have I eaten enough?” “Have I eaten too much?” “What if I don’t get picked during the first round?” “What if I make it to the second round, but the judges don’t like me on the second look?” All of these thoughts surround you as you make it to the dirt floor of the venue, tugging your steer along as he’s making weird noises.