Summer school applications available for download

Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at 9:28 pm

Summer School for Advancement and for Credit Recovery will be held at Rudder High School June 9-July 1, 2015. •Registration for advancement courses opens May 18. •Registration for credit recovery opens May 25. Attached you will find the applications for summer school for advancement and for credit recovery. 2015 Summer ADVANCEMENT Application 2015 Summer RECOVERY […]

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Color guard earns recognition as finalist at World Championships

Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at 5:48 pm

For the second time, the Color Guard earned recognition as a World Championships finalist (previously in 2012). The team competed at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio at the preliminary round of competition with 122 teams from around the world. They won their preliminary round and placed 9th overall in the preliminaries. The top 64 scoring […]

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Reality check: Introspection leads to mental, emotional freedom

Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at 4:00 pm

Everyone struggles with something, especially in high school. Maybe your grades aren’t exactly what you want or you’re struggling with problems at home or with your friends. Life can be a bit overwhelming, so I want to share what I’ve learned about how to deal with troubling times.

Categories: Opinions

80s classic doesn’t live up to hype, seems overly silly

Thursday, April 23, 2015 at 4:00 pm

When most people think of movies from the 80s, classics such as The Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and, unfortunately, Ghostbusters come to mind. Somehow, over the last 18 years, I had never seen Ghostbusters, but I was excited to watch this classic movie and see what all the hype was about. However, I found out quickly that this movie was one of many that, if you hadn’t grown up watching, it was not going to be your favorite movie of all time. When I was watching this movie, I kept hoping that the 105 minutes would be over soon because of how boring it was.

Categories: Entertainment

Child’s play: Technology changes playground landscape

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 4:00 pm

Technology has overrun our everyday life. In school, we use it for quizlet and duolingo or for typing Internal Assessment long articles for peers to edit. At home, we post cute selfies or watch Netflix (because, let’s get real, no one watches television anymore). However, can you remember a time where you couldn’t press the home button on your iPhone to get Siri to find information for you? Children from the 1980s know the horror of these times because they lived it.

Categories: Opinions

Comedy takes characters out of the box at box office

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at 4:00 pm

Many times when a movie is based off of a book, people go into the theatre with high expectations. We want everything to be exactly how it is in the novel. If movie-goers are looking for something like this, then The DUFF is not their movie. I read The Duff a few years ago when […]

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Band earns superior ratings at UIL competition

Monday, April 20, 2015 at 1:30 pm

The band competed at UIL Concert and Sight Reading last week. Symphonic Band 2, conducted by Rob Towell, competed as our “Sub Non-Varsity” entry. They received a “Division 1 (Superior Rating)” for their stage performance and a “Division 2 (Excellent Rating)” for their sight reading performance. The judges’ individual ratings were: Stage: 1, 1, 2 […]

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Kidz Bop album sets new standard for modern music

Monday, April 20, 2015 at 8:44 am

It has happened. At this point in time, we are in the middle of an important moment in music history. This claim has only been made a handful of times in the past and out of those few events, the music in reference has successfully withstood the test of time. Bob Dylan’s Highway 61 Revisited continues to inspire billions on a daily basis with its folksy ballad-stylization. Since it’s inception, Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon Landing has set the precedent for all new music throughout the world, presenting to the world the new and creative potential of timpani’s and modular synthesis, and was the first album ever to be taken across Oklahoma state lines. But for the first time in history, those excuses for quality music have officially been usurped. The test of time can only reach so far from the 60’s and 70’s, and it’s difficult to predict where the reputation of those albums will end up in 200 or 300 years, as no other album has existed for such a length of exposure. But there is another. The experts are calling it the future of music as we know it, the connective point to the past and future of music in our time, a revelation of creativity and the triumph of the human spirit over the adversity of what we previously believed to be good music. They’re calling it the “Kidz Bop Kraze”, the second coming of music, the next great point of entrance into a new age of sound. March 23, 2015 will be a day that we lay mark upon the history books: The official release of Kidz Bop 28.

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Norseman staff eans state recognition at ILPC

Monday, April 20, 2015 at 6:52 am

The Norseman staff competed in the ILPC state contest this semester. Awards were announced this weekend. The contest materials go from February – February so some of the entries are for students who graduated last year. The print edition of the paper earned the highest honor. Only the first 3 places are awarded followed by […]

Categories: News

What service truly means: Soldiers, families face hardships of military life

Friday, April 17, 2015 at 4:00 pm

For many, the world today seems like it is falling apart at the seams. Americans see it on the news every day, terrorists attacking universities in Kenya, museums in Tunisia, the threat of nuclear weapons in North Korea and Iran. With so much conflict, it seems like the easiest thing is to do is change the channel. Click. For some though, there is no turning a blind eye. These are the men and women of the United States military and their families. For them, war isn’t a game that can be paused, they fight so that others can have a fighting chance.

Categories: Features

Track girls advance to area

Friday, April 17, 2015 at 2:14 pm

The girls’ track team finished 4th overall and several students qualified for area. 1st place: In the 4 x 100 (Kaitlyn Harris, Chahnyce Foster, Quinteria Johnson, Jamie Kennedy) – 47.5* 1st place: In the 4 x 200 (Kailtyn Harris, Chahnyce Foster, Audrey Batten, Jamie Kennedy) – 142.01* 2nd place: Jamie Kennedy in the 200 – […]

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TV series fosters laughter, tears from audience

Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 4:00 pm

Usually there’s always a show or TV series that people like. It has to interest them or relate to them in some way for them to watch and keep up with. For some, it could be a popular series like Orange is the New Black, or Pretty Little Liars.

Categories: Entertainment

Second is the first loser: Movie sequels fail to capture spirit of originals, few worth watching

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at 4:00 pm

The parking lot is full at a local movie theater and lines of people decked in various merchandise stretch around the building, everyone waiting for the same thing: tickets for the newest addition to an acclaimed film series. Millions of dollars were spent on the movie and millions were gained back from the overall franchise of the film. Now, the writers are scrambling to try and search for suitable material to create the shameful sequel. Even when there is no material to base a good story off of, the film companies still crank out more films (no matter how terrible) if it means they will get more money. And we, as dedicated movie-goers, must suffer through the terrible sequels, remakes, and spin-offs that are spit out by film companies.

Categories: Entertainment

Second movie in Divergent series disappoints audiences

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 4:00 pm

Insurgent, another novel from the Divergent Trilogy by Veronica Roth, is finally in theatres. Fans have been waiting for a year for this film to hit box office, and it’s finally here.

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JV track team members place at district meet

Monday, April 13, 2015 at 10:03 am

JV District 18-5A 9th grade boys track 6th Boys Place – 59 points 100 M Dash 2nd – Tracy Bradford – 11.78 200 M Dash 5th – Landon Plagens – 24.69 1600 M Run 4th – Angel Quiroga – 5:21.65 110 M Hurdles 6th – Campbell Webb – 19.10 300 M Hurdles 3rd – Jordan […]

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FCCLA members take first at state, earn spot at nationals

Monday, April 13, 2015 at 9:02 am

FCCLA members competed at state in Corpus Christi last weekend. Keandra Garrison and Adriana Valentine advanced to nationals after earning 1st place in the Hospitality division. They will have the opportunity to represent Bryan High and the State of Texas at Nationals in Washington D.C. this July.

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Theatre competes at bi-districts, actors earn awards

Monday, April 13, 2015 at 7:06 am

Viking theatre competed in the Bi-District round of One Act Play on Friday. Although the show did not advance, the cast did earn several individual awards: Haven Pottinger- All Star Acting Award Kassie Gough- Honorable Mention All Star Acting Award Martin Hay- All Star Technician

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Color guard earns state championship

Monday, April 13, 2015 at 6:57 am

On Saturday, the Varsity color guard competed in the Texas Color Guard Circuit State Championships at Reed Arena. For the second year in the row the team earned the gold medal and are the Champions of the Scholastic National A division. The team will head to Dayton, OH this week for the Winter Guard International […]

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Boys golf team earns spot at region

Sunday, April 12, 2015 at 5:01 pm

The Viking Boy’s Golf Team qualified for the regional tournament by way of a 2nd place finish at the district 18-5A Tournament. The team earned their best score by 13 strokes were unable to hold off a tremendous effort by Huntsville. The regional tournament will be held at River Ridge Golf Club in Sealy next […]

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FFA ag mechanics team earns spot at state

Sunday, April 12, 2015 at 4:52 pm

The FFA Ag Mechanics team competed in Huntsville and earned 3rd as a team. There were also 2 top ten individuals, Garrett Rathjen (8th) and Kylar Wilkinson (9th). Garrett Browning and Cedric Johnson also participated. The team will participate in the state competition in May.

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Academic UIL advances competitors to region

Sunday, April 12, 2015 at 4:50 pm

The academic UIL team competed in the district tournament held at Huntsville High School on Sat. April 11. The following students took home awards: Douglas Edge – Current Issues: 5th Andy Ramirez – Editorial Writing: 1st*, Feature Writing: 2nd Jesse Baxter – Feature Writing: 4th, News Writing: 3rd* Robert Morgan – Feature Writing: 6th, News […]

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Softball earns 600th win

Sunday, April 12, 2015 at 4:42 pm

The softball team became the first 5A program to reach 600 wins. The team accomplished this with a come from behind, extra inning victory over crosstown rival A&M Consolidated on Friday night. The Lady Vikings defeated the Lady Tigers 4-3 in 11 inning and was the 8th straight victory over A&M Consolidated. Senior Rachel Ullmann […]

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Bloodborne RPG earns positive review through gameplay, world design

Thursday, April 9, 2015 at 4:00 pm

Mysterious streets, towering cathedrals and churches, foggy forests, and ancient abandoned castles all inhabited by strange yet vicious creatures: the world of Bloodborne. A spiritual successor to the game Demon Souls, Bloodborne takes place in Yharnam, a victorian city overrun by a plague that turned people into beasts. In this game players play as a hunter who tracks down and slaughters beasts, seeking a way to end the corruption.

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Getting buzzed in the 6160: Community creates connections, flourishes friendships in high school

Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at 4:00 pm

Presidential elections, Olympic games, and leap years – four years seem to be a popular time for new things to come about. So much change happens in four years, yet we don’t realize that these changes occur until we look around and see that we are only a couple of months away from graduation and […]

Categories: Opinions

Softball team defeats Huntsville 3-1

Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at 4:33 pm

The Lady Viking softball team picked up a big road victory last night as they defeated the Huntsville Lady Hornets 3-1. Sophomore Brianna Salinas picked up her 7th victory of the season and senior Rachel Ullmann picked up her first save of the year coming in relief. Junior Morgan Chavarria led all hitters at the […]

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Technology advances, discourages willingness to interact

Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at 4:00 pm

Technology is, inevitably, a part of our everyday lives. There are infinite privileges to living in a technologically advanced time, like the ease of communication across the globe. Technology is undoubtedly going to keep improving long after our generation passes. But, considering just how absorbed we can be in technology, it can guide us into a world made completely of glowing screens. These never ending privileges of technology seem insignificant, but collectively, they can lead to the elimination of interactions with real people.

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Softball continues to dominate in district

Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at 4:28 pm

Bryan 9 Caney Creek 1 Caney Creek 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 3 1 Bryan 1 0 1 5 2 0 x 9 9 3 Wp: Brianna Salinas 5-3 Leading hitters: Audriana Andrade 2-2, 2 3bs, 2 bb, 4 RBIs Desiray Sauseda 3-4, 2 RBIs Rachel Agnello 1-1, RBI, 2 runs Rachel […]

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