Stepping up to the plate: Senior’s last year sparks leadership, responsibility

A full count is on the board, and senior Rachel Ullmann sets up for the pitch. Digging her foot in the dirt and bending down low to begin wind up, the batter begins to pull back her bat. The ball leaves Rachel’s fingers as the batter misses and gets struck out, the Vikings take home another win.

AP and IB test schedule

Click HERE for a list of all AP and IB tests for May 2015.

Prom tickets available starting May 4

Early ticket sales begin on Monday, May 4-Monday, May 11 during all lunches in the Silver Cafeteria. $50.00/ticket for any Junior $30.00/ticket for any BHS Senior All guests are $50.00/ticket Late ticket sales are Tuesday, May 12 and Wednesday, May 13. All tickets are $60.00/person

Summer school applications available for download

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 […]

Color guard earns recognition as finalist at World Championships

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 […]

Reality check: Introspection leads to mental, emotional freedom

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.

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

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.

Child’s play: Technology changes playground landscape

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.

Comedy takes characters out of the box at box office

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 […]

Band earns superior ratings at UIL competition

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 […]

Kidz Bop album sets new standard for modern music

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.

Norseman staff eans state recognition at ILPC

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 […]

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

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.

Track girls advance to area

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 – […]

TV series fosters laughter, tears from audience

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.

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

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.

Second movie in Divergent series disappoints audiences

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.

JV track team members place at district meet

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 […]

FCCLA members take first at state, earn spot at nationals

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.

Theatre competes at bi-districts, actors earn awards

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

Color guard earns state championship

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 […]

Boys golf team earns spot at region

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 […]

FFA ag mechanics team earns spot at state

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.

Academic UIL advances competitors to region

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 […]

Softball earns 600th win

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 […]

Bloodborne RPG earns positive review through gameplay, world design

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.

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

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 […]

Softball team defeats Huntsville 3-1

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 […]

Technology advances, discourages willingness to interact

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.

Softball continues to dominate in district

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 […]

Color guard places first at competition

The JV color guard concluded their season as bronze medalists at the TCGC West Regional Championships in their Scholastic Regional A Division. Their show is entitled “Par for the Course”, click here to view the performance. The Varsity placed 1st in their class and now have the highest score in the Scholastic National A division […]

Viking Indoor Percussion takes 5th place at competition

Viking Indoor Percussion finished 5th in its class, Scholastic A, at the Texas Color Guard Circuit State Championships Saturday at Reed Arena. This marks the groups highest finish in this activity since its inception.

SkillsUSA students earn state honors

Students competed in the State SkillsUSA Competition March 25-March 28. Auto Technology Carlos Garcia -1st place superior – wheel balancing job exhibit Erick Moreno – 2nd place excellent – front brake job exhibit Omar Gomez Alvarado – 1st place superior – oil and filter service job exhibit Marino Quintero – 2nd Place excellent – oil […]

One Act Play advances to bi-district

The cast and crew of One Act Play’s Booby Trap advanced to bi-district competition this weekend. The cast was also honored with two individual awards: Nick Roman received the Outstanding Technician Award and Haven Pottinger was named to the All-Star Cast. The cast will perform for the public at 7:30pm at Rudder High School Auditorium […]

Freshman earns first at tournament

The spring tennis season continued this weekend with the Tiger Classic. Freshman Jacy Smith earned first place in the A girl’s single division. Seniors Dillon Murphy and Michal Basa finished third in the boy’s doubles division. Sophomore Lexie Rieger placed fourth in the B girl’s singles division.

2015 Yearbook Deadline April 12

Make sure you order your 2014-2015 Yearbook by April 12! Books are going fast and the only way to ensure you will receive one is to order by April 12. If you have any questions, please contact Rebecca Dominy at 209-2580 or by email at rebecca.dominy@bryanisd.org Download an order form here

Senior yearbook ad deadline approaching

Congratulate your graduating senior in the 2015 SAGA. A limited amount of space is available for senior ads. This tradition has grown over the years and is one of the most popular features of our book. Deadline March 27. Click here for the form.

Willis upsets Bryan softball by one

Willis 5 Bryan 4 Bryan 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 Willis 1 0 4 0 0 0 x Leading hitters: Morgan Chavarria 2-3, 3 RBIs Laura Galvan 1-4, 2 runs, 2b, RBI Record: Bryan 10-7, 2-2(18-5a)

Good Things – March 2015

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Softball defeats AMC by 2

Bryan 4 A&M Consolidated 2 Bryan 0 0 0 1 0 3 0 4 8 0 AMC 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 3 1 Winning Pitcher: Ullmann 6-2 Leading hitters: Bryan Chandon Morris 3-3, run, 2 RBIs, 2b Desiray Sauseda 1-3, run, RBI, 2b Nikki Smith 1-3, 2b, RBI Highlights: Top of […]

Slam dunk: Senior secures success for basketball team

Getting the ball off the rebound, number 11 sweeps in and sprints down the court. The other end of the court is wide open and the Viking players do their best to protect him as he preps to make an Empire State Building sized jump. Senior Quaylon Newton gets up to the basket and makes a slam dunk with a force that could break the glass of the backboard. All the while the crowd is going wild as the Vikings take the lead in the last few seconds, and win the game.

Temptation rises, trust drops due to cellular devices

If I were to bet someone a million dollars that 90% of American teens use Snapchat, I’d probably win. Don’t we all just love the new update? Whether you love it because it hides your best friends from your significant other or you hate it for the exact same reason.

Viking Indoor Percussion earns 4th place finish at regional event

Viking Indoor Percussion had a program-best performance at the Winter Guard International Houston Percussion Regional held at Dekaney High School in Spring on Saturday. VIP earned a spot in the finals competition Saturday night and finished in 4th place and earned their highest recorded score, 79.1

Freshman tennis player earns third consecutive win at tournament

Freshman Jacy Smith won the Viking Classic II tournament, which is her third consecutive tournament win. Michal Basa and Dillon Murphy won 2nd place in the boys doubles, while Keith Urso & Rachel Paholek and Lexie Rieger brought home third place medals in mixed doubles and girls singles. Other Vikings who placed include: Andre Montague […]

Softball goes 2-3 in Sienna tournament

Sienna Tournament Clear Falls 3 bryan 2 Bryan 0 0 0 2 0 CFalls 0 3 0 0 x LP: Ullmann 4-2 Leading hitters: Morgan Chavarria 2-3, run Desiray Sauseda 1-1, bb, 2b, 2 RBIs _________ Santa Fe 5 Bryan 0 Bryan 0 0 0 0 0 Santa Fe 2 0 0 1 2 LP: […]

Freshman athlete demonstrates leadership on varsity team

Working with scissors and construction paper, learning to read independently, forming letters on three lined paper – all these skills, children begin to learn as five year olds. Freshman Angel Quiroga began fostering another, more athletic skills at the tender age of five – playing soccer. Angel has been playing for the past ten years and, just like the other skills students begin to learn in kindergarten, he has made huge strides in his soccer career by playing on several teams before high school.

Senior upholds 4-H values, sets example for student body

Over the past ten years, senior Lilly Chilek has lived by the 4-H motto and has come to learn many valuable lessons in that time.

Band advances 14 to state solo contest

More than ninety Viking Band students participated in the UIL North Zone Solo & Ensemble Contest hosted at University High School\ Fourteen students earned the right to compete at the Texas State Solo and Ensemble Contest in Austin in May of this year. They are: Valeria Arriaga (12) Kendall Callen (11) Thomas Gusewelle (12) Addie […]

A+ senior year: Student wins hearts of peers through positive outlook, dedication

Friday night: bright lights, the crack of helmets as the Vikings score another touchdown, the crowds cheers pulsate like the beating heart of our school, the clock ticks down to the end of the first half, each second raising the excitement in the stadium. Then like an army leaving the field, the football players disappear and are replaced by a new group of students. These are the homecoming king and queen nominees, each chosen for their dedication and service to the school, but only two are chosen to embody the Viking spirit.

Soccer senior helps team improve, looks towards playoffs

While some people enjoy solitary sports such as swimming, skiing, or golf, others prefer team sports that bring people together, such as football, hockey, or soccer. Senior Gayle Konderla has been on the soccer team since her freshman year and has formed a tight niche with the players while having fun playing soccer.

Softball falls to Huntsville, loses by one

Huntsville 8 Bryan 7 Hville 1 0 4 0 3 0 0 8 10 0 Bryan 3 0 3 1 0 0 0 7 10 3 LP: Salinas 3-2 Leading Hitters: Chandon Morris 3-4, 2B, HR(2), 5 RBIs, run Saleen Quinonez 3-4, 2 runs Record: 7-3, 1-1

Art students struggle to balance expression, societial confines

As a budding artist, it can be difficult to be as expressive through my work as I want to be. With the pressures of judges at competition and various guidelines and other things to think about when working on pieces, art starts to be a very stressful endeavor for a high school student. The big question is: how safe is it outside the box? How far can I go before I can’t go any further?

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.

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Second on screen, first in our hearts

When I am not spending my time procrastinating writing my incredibly witty newspaper articles, I tend to dabble in the art of writing novels and, occasionally, reading them. One of the many things I have discovered in my writing adventure is that, no matter how exciting or original your plot is, if your characters fall flat, the story falls flat.

Single mom not always a negative label, can be badge of honor

There are many people that come from single parent or broken family homes. I am one myself. Some either live with their mom, dad, or neither. You may even be lucky and have both, but sometimes that isn’t always a good thing. Most parents divorce, because of many disagreements and arguments. Many times, it is the mother doing everything on their own, just like mine.

Viking theatre students host Shakespeare workshop

Click here to view a short video about the workshop.

Fine Arts department to perform In the Heights

Tony Award-winning musical is about family, home and finding where you belong Bryan High School’s ​F​ine ​A​rts Department launches its 2015 spring season with “In The Heights,” by Lin-Manuel Miranda, February 6, 7 & 9. (​Music and Lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda Book bu Quiara Alegria Hudes) “In The Heights” by Lin-Manuel Miranda February 6, 7, […]

Broadway classic goes Into The Woods, onto the screen

Damsel in distress meets handsome prince. Boy goes on a dangerous adventure. Girl goes to see her grandmother despite the dangers around her. Those are classic fairytales; but every once-in-a-while, a story strays off the beaten path. The stories of Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, Rapunzel, and Little Red Riding Hood are brought together through the telling of the story of the Baker, his wife, and the Witch of the film, Into The Woods.

Stars align in movie adaptation of book sensation

The movie based on an award winning novel, The Fault In Our Stars is about two teens who have different cancer conditions falling in love after meeting at a cancer support group.

Fall sports banquet honors athletes

The Viking football, volleyball, cross country, student athletic trainers, and cheerleaders were honored during the fall sports banquet by their coaches, families and friends for their outstanding participation. Football: KeeKee Johnson – MVP Award Coleman Johnson – Defensive Player of the Year Jared Spivey – Offensive Player of the Year B.J. Ross – Offensive Player […]

Graffiti artists push definition of art

Every brush stroke, pencil sketch, pastel, primary, and secondary color added to artwork signifies something an artist deeply feels. The same goes for writers like the Norseman staff. Every key we press, and article we submit is our artwork, and expresses what we think about a topic. Believe it or not there are many different types of artists. Although there is one type of art that isn’t typically called art: graffiti.

Cursing legitimized, society less flustered

While many of the things society detests are shunned for good reason, some of them just happen to be the most enjoyable to do. Who wouldn’t want to drive 80 on the highway if it meant you could get to your destination faster or bring dry breakfast cereal into a movie theater because you were too hungry to care about distracting other people? But societal constraints on language seems to be the most lenient, and there are times when our language is perforated with terms that most people consider unsuitable for general communication.

Marching band creates own type of family

Speed walking around a football field and blowing through some weird instrument is considered stupid by many people. Although many may say marching band members are insane for wanting to make a bunch of figures and play for eight minutes straight, people should think about the real work behind this insanity.

Hollywood, satire, threats: Controversy over The Interview leads to record online sales

‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the world, many creatures were stirring as corporate tech giant Sony was preparing to release its controversial film The Interview.

Overworked, stressed students see repercussions from excessive involvement

As the second semester gets into full swing, a major topic weighs heavily on the minds of teachers and students minds – next school year. Seniors are finalizing their decisions for life post-high school, juniors are looking to take SAT and ACT tests, and students might spend hours at a time scavenging through the thick course guide trying to figure out which classes to sign up for before they meet with their counselor. Many of these underclassmen find that teachers, counselors, and parents are pressuring them to take the most advanced classes and get involved in every organization imaginable so their résumés look impressive for colleges.

Film falls flat with Tolkien fans: Final installment fails to fascinate

My hopes were low for the final movie in the Hobbit series, The Hobbit: the Battle of Five Armies, as the other two movies had let me down in story, characters, and believable action. I am sad to say that the third did not break this trend, but it wasn’t horrible.

Good Things – January 2015

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Student selected as Texas All-State Musician

Senior Thomas Gusewelle, a member of the Bryan Viking Band will perform with the Texas All-State Band in San Antonio, Saturday, February 14, 2015 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center as part of the 2015 Texas Music Educators Association Clinic/Convention. He was chosen for this prestigious honor through a competitive process held this year […]

Wrestling team dominates in tri-meet

The wrestling team hosted two teams from New Braunfels ISD, New Braunfels HS and Canyon HS, Wednesday night in Viking gym. The team opened the night with a dominating performance against Canyon in a 54-24 match. The Vikes won 10 of the 14 weight classes. In the second match, they faced New Braunfels HS. The […]

Chili’s profit share to benefit Color Guard

The Color Guard will travel and compete in the Winter Guard International World Championships in Dayton, OH in April. Chili’s is holding a profit share night to benefit the Color Guard and will donate 10% of sales on Monday, January 26 from 11 am-11 pm. Customers must mention that they are there to support the […]

Students place at academic UIL invitational

Academic UIL participants competed in an invitational meet this weekend at A&M Consolidated. The following students placed: Computer Applications: 2nd – Austin Carter 3rd – Danielle Van Orman 4th – Cread Dotson News Writing 4th – Andy Ramirez 6th – Jesse Baxter Feature Writing 6th – Robert Morgan Editorial Writing 2nd – Andy Ramirez 3rd […]

Hole in D-1: Senior earns place on UTSA golf team, signs letter of intent

The crowd falls silent as he steps up to the tee. His club slices through the air with a resounding thud as it connects with the ball, sending it sailing down the fairway and onto the green. Senior Dylan Godfrey then makes his way to the ball to secure another par and stay on track to finish among the top competitors.

Final opportunity for senior pictures Jan. 14, 15

Seniors will have one more opportunity to take pictures for the yearbook and the graduation slide show. Photo Texas Photography will be here January 14 and 15. If students would like a full sitting they MUST schedule their appointment for the January 14. For everyone else, this will be a quick shoot opportunity as the […]