Man’s best friend: Movie provides insight to owner, pet relationship

Dogs tend to hold a special place in the hearts of people. When a movie about dogs comes out, naturally, audiences flock to the box office. A Dog’s Purpose is an emotional rollercoaster of a movie. From happy to sad to angry to horrified, A Dog’s Purpose takes audiences through just about every emotion possible. Viewers laugh one second, then try to hide their tears the next.

Through the wardrobe: Fantastical series provides adventure, moral message, universal truths

From the glistening eastern sea, to the great western woods, to the radiant southern sun, to the clear northern sky, lies the magnificent land of Narnia. Filled with talking beasts, fawns, satyrs, and more, this magical land provides a safe haven for readers of all ages; all under the careful watch of the mighty lion, Aslan.

Senior yearbook ads due by Friday, March 24

Senior ads can be purchased for the 2017 yearbook now. The deadline to order is Friday, March 24. You can download the form below. Pictures can be sent digitally. If you have any questions, please contact Rebecca Dominy at rebecca.dominy@bryanisd.org or by phone at 979-209-2580. She will be out of the office on Wednesday. Form

Crossing over: New workout program benefits athlete stamina, strength

What do you think of when you hear the word, “Crossfit”? Do you think, “that sounds hard” or “those people are crazy”, or “you’ll get hurt doing Crossfit”? What if I were to tell you those are all true. It is hard, most crossfitters are crazy for challenging their bodies and for pushing themselves to the absolute max, and there is a chance of getting hurt if you don’t take the time to learn proper form and body mechanics. Crossfit consists of constantly varied movements performed at a high intensity level. All crossfit workouts are based on a mixture of weightlifting, gymnastics, running, rowing, and more. Crossfit is for every age group, and all workouts can be modified to fit any fitness level or disability. Crossfit can also be extremely beneficial to any high school athlete looking for the edge on their opponent.

La la lost on audiences: Musical message falls flat, misses mark

Though 2017 is still in its early stages of life, the year has proven promising for the box office. With the successes of movies like Hidden Figures, Get Out, and Moonlight, the 2017 movie-scene has been set for films with messages for the masses. While there is hope for powerful films during this box-office year, there are some films that seem to fall short of this expectation, specifically director Damien Chazelle’s La La Land.

Going rogue: New Star Wars movie fills in space left between episodes

“A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…” are the words that begin some of the most famous movies Hollywood has ever produced. Captivating audiences with lightsaber duels, X-Wing and TIE Fighter battles, and the Skywalker legacy, Star Wars has become a franchise famed around the world. Recently, Disney decided to continue the saga by releasing The Force Awakens, the seventh installment of the series, in December 2015. Along with the new episode, they also released Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. It is not technically an episode but instead tells the tale of the mission to steal the Death Star plans that are later used in episode 4. Overall, I thought it was a great movie and a wonderful way to enrich the series.

Been there, done that: Six tips to survive high school

High school is where students discover who they are. It’s where they decide what direction they want to go and who they want to be, stumbling through different obstacles to get there. From being scared to ask your crush to a dance, to failing a history test because you stayed up late watching Netflix instead of studying, to having a nervous breakdown in the middle of nowhere because assignments just keep piling one after the other, high school helps prepare students for adversity. Though many people think high school is the worst thing ever, there are many positives, like meeting people who you may spend the rest of your life with, making friendships that will stay very close to your heart, and creating memories that you will cherish forever. The four years of high school are some of the best years our our lives. Even though it may not seem like it now, you will realize it once it all starts to come to an end. Every year has its lows, but it’s up to you to make the best of every situation. here are some tips on how to do that.

Junior soccer player proves endurance is key on, off field

Athletes connect to their sports at a deep level as they spend hours honing their skills and making sacrifices for their craft. Soccer players must maintain a level of endurance not required in many other sports and junior Erin Nugent has used those lessons in endurance in all areas of her life. Erin has spent the past thirteen years playing soccer both in league and with the school.

App encourages students to focus on school, not phone through local rewards

Phone apps have recently entered a new market that is aimed to help students pay attention instead of adding to the distractions that plague high school and college students. Pocket Points is an app that utilizes location services at Bryan High while locking a student’s phone to prevent usage. In exchange, the app rewards users […]

Accounting class opens school store, spreads spirit

The accounting class opened a school store February 1st in hopes of learning practical business experience to enhance learning while also providing a service to the school. “When students can apply what they’re are learning in the classroom to real life experiences. Viking Corner has supplies and school merchandise available for purchase before school, and […]

Students work with Down Syndrome Association to host sweetheart dance

Through the International Baccalaureate program offered at Bryan High,students are required to do a CAS project which includes components of community, action, and service. These projects push students to investigate, prepare, take action, reflect, and demonstrate. Although the IB program heavily focuses on academics, it also stresses the importance of creating well-rounded students who contribute to their community. Juniors Keaton Hare, Lucy Raleigh, and Ike Taylor worked with the local Down Syndrome Association to host a sweetheart dance for Valentine’s Day to provide an opportunity for these students while also learning about the process of hosting the event.

Into the theatre: Fine arts department unites to create musical production

The curtain rises as all the hours of work, tears, and nerves culminate in this single moment. The Narrator begins the story: “Once upon a time in a far off kingdom”, and the stage comes to life transporting the audience into the fairy tale world. Fine arts students involved with choir, band, and theatre labored for months creating their own version of the Tony Award-winning musical Into the Woods.

Carrying the weight of the world on her shoulders: Junior keeps positive attitude, strong work ethic to lead by example

While most high school sports are characterized by the cheering fans or screeching whistles, sports like powerlifting are often overshadowed. Powerlifting is a unique sport in which athletes compete in weightlifting competitions in the squat, bench, and deadlift. Junior Shelbie Walker is an example of a student athlete demonstrating her potential in the realm of powerlifting.

Taking it to the mat: Wrestler matures through program, helps team earn district title

As the time ticks off the clock, a wrestler learns what they are truly capable of. The first five minutes of the match takes everything a wrestler has, but all of the weariness fades away when they are down and has to push through the final minute to make sure their hand is raised at the end of the match. Wrestling is an immensely demanding sport and senior Caden Scott has spent the past four years conditioning and preparing for each final minute.

Attitude, work ethic help sophomore score leadership position

Sweat drips down his face. Adrenaline pumps through his body as he sprints up and down the field. A game plan runs quickly through his mind as he decides his next move before an opponent attempts to steal the ball. Once he feels he’s in the right position to go for it, he kicks the ball, and GOAL! Sophomore Frank Rodriguez has earned his team another point.

SkillsUSA and FCCLA competitors bring home medals, advance to state

SkillsUSA and FCCLA competed this weekend. The following students earned recognition: Culinary Keilah Noriega – Culinary Mystery Basket – 4th place – Advances to State Education Jessica Rosalia Ramos – Recycle in Redesign – The Beginning of a Recycled Classroom – Advances to State Audio/Video Mason Haggerty – Short Film Project – Advances to State […]

Girl’s golf team plays in challenging two-day tournament

This weekend the girls’ golf team played in a two-day tournament in Bastrop. The first day the girls played at Wolfdancer Golf Club, this course is in the top 10 toughest courses in the state of Texas. Ellie Conrad (Jr.) shot a 105, and Skye Faldyn (Fr.) shot a 127. Day 2 of the tournament […]

Indoor percussion group places 1st at competition

The Viking Indoor Percussion placed 1st this weekend at the Texas Color Guard Circuit Cypress Falls Competition. VIP ended up at the top of the Scholastic A Class with a score of 74.6. Their next performance will be at the TCGC Championship at Reed Arena on Saturday, April 8th.

Wrestling advances 8 to state tournament

The wrestling team hosted the UIL Region III-5A Championships last weekend. The boys team held the 2nd place spot out of 61 teams until the last match of the night when R.L. Turner High School surpassed them by 2 points. Individually the team had 15 wrestlers in the tournament and placed 12 with 8 advancing […]

Wrestling team wins district

The wrestling team competed in the District 10-5A Championships at Huntsville High School on Saturday where they advanced every varsity boy and girl entered at district to the regional tournament. The boys varsity won the team title with 236 Points. Consol had 196, Rudder 158, CSHS 140, Waller 132, Huntsville 117 and Cameron 35. The […]

Hands free: College Station enforces new law prohibiting cell phone use while driving

Since crashes caused by texting and driving are increasing, cities and states are taking action to prevent these disasters from taking place. On November 9, College Station enacted a new law that makes it illegal to use handheld electronic devices while driving, excluding times when the driver is stopped at a stoplight or is in an emergency situation.

Senior scholarship information due Feb. 20

All local scholarship information must be turned in to the Go Center by February 20. Contact Mrs. Broussard if you have any questions.

Knocking out the competition: Senior follows in father’s footsteps to pursue MMA career

I walk into the ring. I feel numb. I can’t hear the crowd. Every sense is focused on my coach and my opponent. The bell rings and we both head to the center of the mat as the crowd awaits the victor. Senior Jackie Perry explains that he experiences this each time he competes in a mixed martial arts match.

Criminal justice team places 5th at competition

On Sat., Feb. 11, District 7 Skills USA criminal justice students competed in the building search Competition. They placed 5th out of 22 school in District 7. Participants include: Jorge Torres, Isaiah Galvan, Yunior Torres, Caden Batson, and Yamile Sanchez.

Student Struggles

Too many times, students aren’t taught about uncomfortable topics until after they have already been exposed to the situation and find themselves struggling to figure things out on their own. In these situations, students frequently blame themselves and flounder under the pressure of a reality they don’t really understand.

Schools take issue with new state accountability system

The state of Texas rolled out a new A-F grading system this year to assess individual schools and districts based on standardized testing results. The complex system of sub-population indicators, categories, and other data gathered on a state level is reduced to a simple letter grade. Educators argue that when presented to the public as a stand alone assessment, is not an accurate representation of student or school success.

Color guard earns honors at two events

The color guard competed at the Texas Color Guard Circuit A&M Consolidated High School Contest the weekend of Jan. 28 where the varsity team placed 2nd in their class. Last weekend they attending the TCGC Cypress Falls High School Competition where they placed 1st. Below are the links to both the JV and varsity performances. […]

Cosmetology students advance to state SkillsUSA competition

BHS Cosmetology students competed at the SkillsUSA district competition this weekend. The following students earned honors: Hands-on skills: Jennifer Villalobos 1st place in 3D-Nail Art Skills Kadejah Murphy 3rd place in Cosmetology Hair Skills All projects/job exhibits will be moving on to state with superior ratings: Ruby Ruiz and Abigail Whisenant – Salon project Reanna […]

Wrestling dominates at dual meet

The viking wrestling team traveled to Austin to compete in the Bulldawg Duals Hosted by Bowie High School on Saturday. The boys swept both matches at the duals to finish the season 23-8 and 4-0 in district. In the first match they wrestled Lake Travis High School and the Vikings dominated 55-22. In their 2nd […]

Viking Indoor Percussion places 3rd at competition

The Viking Indoor Percussion (VIP) group placed 3rd at their first competition of the year held at Pasadena Memorial High School on Saturday.

Mariachi, orchestra members qualify for state

The Los Vikingos Mariachi Band performed at the Region 8 Solo and Ensemble contest on Saturday and received a division one rating qualifying them for the Texas State Mariachi Festival on March 10-11 in San Antonio. Other Students who qualified to go to state at UT Austin: Kimberly Lamb – Violin Michaela Lamb – Viola […]

Swimmers qualify for state

The swim team competed at region this weekend where the following students qualified for state: Relays Julia Cook, Abby Surley, K’Lee Rudd, and Cat Darnell won the 200-medley relay with a time of 1:49.66 Cook, Surley, Rudd, and Darnell won the 200-free relay with a time of 1:39.91 Individually Cook took 1st in the 50 […]

Shy-Annes earn super sweepstakes at competition

The Shy-Annes competed last weekend where they earned the following awards: Social Officers – Kirsten Bailey, Allison Murphy, Josie Newsom – placed 3rd with their Jazz routine Dance Officers – Kayla Klose, Victoria Denena, Adrienne Hampton, Marissa Minor – took home awards for: *Super Sweepstakes – highest scores for all 3 routines *Best in class […]

FCCLA students earn money for projects

    The FCCLA students competed in the Fuel Up to Play 60 Challenge this weekend. The students competed against 28 schools. Skyla Polk and Aalya Foley competed as a team and Sebastian Sanchez and Daylin Kessee competed as the second team. Both teams received a $1000.00 for their project. Sebastian Sanchez and Daylin Kessee […]

Finding worth through reflection, prioritization of self

The dictionary defines self-worth as the sense of one’s own value or worth as a person. However, there are many ways for a person to value themselves and assess their worth as a human being, and some of these are more psychologically beneficial than others.

Whole new world: Student perspectives broadened by foreign travel

Some people dream of traveling the world, while others are content with staying where they are. As a person who has traveled to a different country, I can say I am one who dreams to continue traveling the world. The feeling of not being stuck in one place while seeing new customs, traditions, and cultures makes it worth spending money on a plane ticket. I would love the opportunity to study abroad and think any student who has the chance to should take advantage of it.

All work, no pay: Coaches score big payouts for player performance

Whether the star of the little league team or the kid picking flowers in the outfield, it’s a rite of passage for American children to test the waters of sports. The obsession with sports doesn’t end in grades school, but instead continues even after teams become more selective at a collegiate level. As little league athletes transition to weekend fans, the popularity of sports in universities has continued to increase and coaches have started making millions of dollars based on the revenue generated by the players on the field. Coaches are over privileged and excessively paid for their players’ performance in numerous college sports while the athletes are strictly sanctioned by the NCAA.

Staying in stitches: Humor best medicine for mental health

The most important key to life is to see things in a positive perspective. The important aspects of humor is mental health and attitude. It’s important to be able to see things in a humorous way and not take all the negative situations so seriously. Not only is humor important, but it is good for physical and emotional health. Making people laugh is my favorite way of spreading joy to other people. I enjoy making people laugh because I feel that making someone smile is best thing someone can do. My goal for every day is to make someone smile or at least brighten their day. Jokes are common ways to make people laugh. Jokes come in all categories. They can be about animals, plants, or science related.

Transfer application window open Feb 1 – March 10

•The application to transfer will be open on Wednesday, February 1 and will close on Friday, March 10 •Student transfer applications are only available on-line •BCHS is excluded on the student transfer applications, as they will conduct their own interviews •Any questions about the transfer process can be directed the Carmen Hutcherson in Human Resources […]

Dance passé test: Skills, physical movements, competition qualifies dancers as athletes

It’s nine o’clock at night and I’m at the studio bending and contorting my body beyond its limit as sweat drips down my face. Twenty-plus hours of my week are spent twirling on pointe shoes and leaping in jazz shoes, resulting in bruised toenails, blistered feet, and bloody toes. I compete at cutthroat competitions with some of the most proficient athletes of all time and come home with sore muscles and aching bones. I am a dancer, and I go through the same hardships as any other athlete, yet I am told that dance is not a sport. This ideology that dance isn’t a sport is a fallacy that our society must quickly be made aware of.

Time travel with twist: NBC’s Timeless captivates viewers through history, drama

What if the Hindenburg never blew up? What if William Travis’ famous Victory Or Death letter never got out of the Alamo? What if Neil Armstrong never walked on the moon? NBC’s new hit drama, Timeless, takes viewers to these time periods to see what would change had these key events in American history never occurred.

Get up, get active, get healthy: Making positive decisions, following though can change a life

One of the most difficult things to do is starting something new. One can overthink it, and talk themselves out of it. Starting a new sport, new class, new way of thinking, self improvements, eating healthy, starting to workout… whatever it might be, gaining motivation is difficult, especially when one doubts how far they’ll go, how much they can do, and how they will do it. Sometimes those doubters aren’t outsiders, but the person attempting to make the change. One might doubt the progress that will be made, and that stops them from starting. One of the most difficult things for me to do was to start taking care of my body – physically and mentally.

Wrestlers earn medals at competition

On Saturday, January 21, the wrestling team competed at Canyon High School in San Marcos. The boys team swept all 3 duals by beating Leander Glenn 54-21, Brooks Academy 54-9, and Corpus Christi Ray 48-28. This brought out over all team record to 17-6. The two of the girl wrestlers competed in the Wilso- Cougarette […]

Criminal cookie: Identity theft harms taste buds, creates mass confusion

What happens when you combine two of the most delicious substances on Earth, chocolate chips and cookie dough, into one amazing food? The answer: you get a chocolate chip cookie! This classic treat has always surpassed others of its kind in popularity, including sugar cookies, white chocolate macadamia nut cookies, and even the famous snickerdoodle. Of course, every cookie wants to be like this star. Because of that, a devious substitute has emerged, tricking people into eating it as it masquerades as a chocolate chip cookie. Yes, I am talking about none other than the evil oatmeal raisin cookie.

Quit milking it: Coddled youth never gain independence

Many fears in the world cause some superstitious parents to over protect their children. Independence is gained at a young age but, being over-nurtured or coddled, can cause some kids to lack in that characteristic. Parents may think that smothering their child is the best thing they could do but, it benefit both the parent and the child to let each other have some breathing room. Coddling leads to no self-reliance, and never learning from one’s own mistakes.

Academic Decathlon earns medals at regional competition

The Academic Decathlon team attended the regional competition last weekend. Each student competes in 10 different events – Literature, Social Science, Economics, Music, Art, Science, Math, Speech, Interview, and an Essay and this year’s theme was World War II. The Bryan High team took 6th overall, earning 13 individual medals. In the Honors category: Summer […]

Common courtesy key in customer service from consumers, workers

Keeping a smile on your face, maintaining a positive attitude at all times, and meeting the needs of many different people, are all duties someone must juggle while having a job in customer service.

Gen Y is this happening: Box offices full of remakes, old ideas

The older generation asks this generation many good questions, like: “Why are you teenagers so lazy?” and “Why is this generation of music so self-centered?”. One of the most important questions is: “Have you seen the original?”.

Series brings Glee to viewers through song

Linoleum floor tiles, walls of lockers, crowded hallways, clique after clique after clique… At the thought of these things, the typical high school tends to comes to mind. Of course not all high schools are the same, especially not when the students and staff spontaneously break into song at any given opportunity. One particular high school that fits this description is the one and only McKinley High School in Lima, Ohio, also known as the home of the show choir group or glee club New Directions. Though McKinley is the fictional home of a fictional show choir, the story of a group of outcasts finding common ground and friendship through show tunes is all the more real to me. In May 2009 when Fox’s Glee first aired, I was starstruck. Of course, at eight years old, I had no real concept of what high school was like, and thanks to Glee, all of my expectations became unrealistic.

Swim team falls to Consol at Crosstown Splashdown

The swim team competed in the Crosstown Splashdown against A&M Consolidated Thursday at the Texas A&M REC Center. The Consolidated girls beat Bryan 144-137. The Bryan girls held a lead through the last race of the night. Consolidated took first and second places in the 400 free relay to take the lead. Individual winners for […]

Edge of teen angst: Movie captures adolescent attitudes through comedy, drama

We live in an era where a majority of young adults think that the world owes them something. Teens have used methods of expressing themselves over time from passing notes in class, to Myspace, to Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr, but teen angst remains mostly the same as time passes. The new teen dramedy film, The Edge of Seventeen, is a funny, quirky, and perceptive look at Nadine Franklin’s (Hailee Steinfeld) life during her junior year of high school. The Edge of Seventeen is one the funniest coming-of-age teen dramedy films I have seen in a long time.

Senior pictures schedule for Jan 12, 13

The last chance for seniors to take a picture for the yearbook will be Thursday, Jan. 12 and Friday, Jan. 13. Photographers will be here from 8:30-11:30 on Thursday and 8:30-11:00 on Friday. All seniors who have not taken a picture will be prescheduled into a time slot and should receive a pass on Tuesday […]