District realigns to move to smaller UIL division

At the beginning of the 2012 -2013 academic year, the Board of Trustees discussed Bryan High School’s move from 5A to 4A. In February, the board constructed a committee to redraw the attendance zones within the district to increase Rudder High School’s numbers and decrease Bryan High’s in order to shift the UIL category of each school.

Bored with boards, pinners lose interest, focus on needed improvements

Organization makes us feel in control. When everything is in its place, the world just seems happier. Sorting, sifting, and maybe even pinning all help us feel accomplished and organized. At least that’s the effect it has on me.

Musician in disharmony measures decisions, pursues passion

“Music is really the only thing I see myself doing, I can’t see myself doing anything else. But the only problem is that I’m doing two things.”

Gossip Girl, not a secret how good it is

“Gossip girl here, your one and only source into the scandalous lives of Manhattan’s elite.” I never thought I would hear these words without laughing. I mean, Gossip Girl, really? The name sounded stupid to me every time I heard or saw it, but recently I’ve had a change of heart. Now we all have […]

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.”

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.

College a time for new experiences, not more of the same

The past 12 years of school have led us to this moment: your senior year. The days of naptime are long gone, and soon we wave goodbye to the familiar friday night lights. The next steps will most likely determine the course of our lives, or so we are told. But how are we supposed to jump into the ‘real world’? The possibility of college is daunting enough, but the possibility of leaving home, our hometown, or even the state does not come without fear or apprehension.

Involvement critical to country’s progress

“Who are you voting for?” It’s a question that some teens answer with excitement and fervor, while others choose to ignore the question altogether. What the teens of this generation don’t seem to understand is the importance of knowing their answer and all that comes with it.

Principles, standard raised with new principal

“A hero is a person who helps someone else. He is always there for me. He never lets me down.” In the eyes of a child, few things mean more to them than their hero. Principal Lamond Dean’s son’s hero wasn’t Superman or Spiderman, but rather his own father.

TAP program improves teacher, student advancement

The Teacher Advancement Program, TAP, focuses on teacher improvement in order to help students succeed in their classes. TAP has been implemented in other schools within Bryan ISD for years, and this past fall, the program was introduced at Bryan High.

Fans stunt artists’ growth through selfish acts

Musicians have never been able to gain more exposure than now with the use of the internet. Websites and social networks such as YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr have made it possible for some artists to gain quick and widespread popularity.

Teacher’s travels impact classroom

At an average high school, you may not expect to meet someone who’s traveled the world, but French teacher Tara Bailey takes her first-hand experiences from traveling and uses them to open her students’ eyes to the world.

Limiting letter jackets to exclude nonscholastic sports, unfair

At the beginning of freshman year, there’s a host of experiences and traditions incoming students look forward to like homecoming mums, spirit days, prom and letterman jackets.

Fine arts department to provide twist on old classic

On Feb. 3, 4 and 6, the fine arts department will showcase their production of The Wizard of Oz, but with a new twist. Countless hours of rehearsal and preparation have gone into this year’s production, and the audience can look forward to a unique rendition of the show they know and love.

Movie portrays unique vantage point to French hierarchy

These are the famous words the frequently criticized last queen of France, Marie Antoinette. In history classes, we are simply taught that she was an ignorant and wasteful ruler with a poor understanding of the lives of commoners in France. What about her side of the story?

Students set sights on sky

Then you hear the sound of shotguns firing and a sudden crash of shattering clay. This might be a frightening experience to some, but to competitive skeet shooters, this is just a typical practice.

Snapping into rhythm, student remains centered

Under the glow of the stadium lights and behind the roar of the crowd, senior Lance Graul can be seen each Friday night snapping the ball into play for the Vikings and marching alongside the band.

Yet, for Graul, the work doesn’t begin on Friday nights.

It’s not easy being green in Texas

You always hear about people’s experience with “awkward moments”, ranging from seeing an ex-boyfriend or girlfriend at the mall, to bumping into people at school. I have a different type of awkward moment pretty much every single day.

Wrestling practice to begin in October

After school practice for the 2011-12 wrestling season begins Monday, October 3rd.

PSAT registration under way

The PSAT and PLAN tests will be given at Bryan High School on Wednesday, October 12th.

‘Be the One’ for Bastrop ISD

Bryan ISD will “Be The One” for Batrop ISD during their time of need following the devstating fires in their community.

Morris helps students calculate individual approach to math

Though math is a subject most students struggle with, good teachers can make the subject less of a hurdle and even instill a sense of respect for the subject.

Jill Morris, math teacher and department chair, has been an educator for 15 years, seven of which have been at Bryan High.

First FFA Meeting Scheduled

The first FFA meeting of the 2011-2012 school year will take place on Monday, September 19 in the Blue Cafeteria at 6:30pm.

Glee movie off key: storyline detracts from music

Despite my love of the popular T.V. show, Glee: The 3D Concert Movie left me disappointed and yearning for the elements that make the sitcom great. As one of the biggest “gleeks” I know, I was pumped to hear Glee was coming to the big screen. I’ve been watching the show from the beginning, and […]

History teacher challenges students to link future to past

Teaching takes a lot of heart, and in Chad Cryer’s case, that statement has an even deeper meaning. The AP United States and IB 20th Century History teacher recently underwent open-heart surgery in the fall of 2010. After seven years of teaching at Bryan High, it was an adjustment to return to the classroom after such an experience.

Students pencil in a troubling new trend

In the past, a high school student might go home after school and read a book for fun. Now, it’s common to find American teenagers sitting in front of the television set, mindlessly watching programs with no educational value. Though there are many ways to learn new things about the world around us, the desire to learn in adolescents is almost nonexistent.

Dolled-up toddlers crowned as focus of TLC show

Fake hair, airbrushed make-up, spray tans, and glitter. Beautiful girls cross the stage with hopes of taking home a huge crown. These girls are pageant queens, only, they’re not your average Miss America—they’re toddlers.

On the TV show Toddlers & Tiaras, TLC gives America an inside look at the cutthroat adolescent pageant world. Girls and boys as young as six months old participate in the competitions and prepare with unimaginable measures.

Young team builds framework for future

While sports take a lot of time, dedication and determination, soccer takes each of these to the next level. Soccer is a lifestyle, and the skills, both physical and mental, take many years to refine.

Crazy For You woos crowd, demonstrates student talent

After countless hours of practice and preparation, members of the fine arts department sang and danced before an enchanted audience in their spring musical, Crazy for You.

Balancing Class & Activities: Student Perspective

In high school, students are busy with an array of responsibilities, ranging from school and clubs, to work and spending time with friends. Keeping everything balanced and under control can be difficult, but by learning to manage their time in high school, students can become more prepared for life after graduation.

Latest Potter movie awes audience

The long-awaited final installment of the Harry Potter series hit theaters on Nov. 19. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I continues to tell the story of the three young wizards our generation has come to know and love.

MTV sheds light on truth, troubles of teen pregnancy

Teen pregnancy is on the rise, but a show first played in 2009 showed America the lives of girls who were 16 and Pregnant.

By watching the show, viewers are exposed to the difficulties and obstacles that teen mothers face. The show ended its 2nd season in April, and season three began on October 21.

Arctic chill: taking it to the rink

Hockey may be an unusual sport for Texans to play, but for freshmen Cameron McCann and Mason Smith, hockey is just as major a sport as football or baseball.

The two are members of the Brazos Valley Bucks, a high school hockey team at Arctic Wolf Ice Center in College Station.

Musical comeback, high school sing-along success

Ever since May 2009, people across America have gotten to know the members of the show-choir “New Directions”. With star bound Rachel Berry, mean-spirited cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester, handicapped Artie Abrams, and many others, the award-winning television show Glee, is full of surprises.

Learning to teach: class, club prepare future teachers

Ready Set Teach is a program that allows students with a goal of one day becoming a teacher to jump start that dream and help it become a reality. Members of Ready Set Teach go on field trips to schools around the district to get a general overview of the teaching career.

“Ready Set Teach is a capstone course, meaning that it’s at the end of the education and training pathway,” teacher Nina Wright said.

Learning to teach: class, club prepare future teachers

Ready Set Teach is a program at Bryan High that allows students with a goal of one day becoming a teacher to jump start that dream and help it become a reality. Members of Ready Set Teach go on field trips to schools around the district to get a general overview of the teaching career.

Musical comeback, high school sing-along success

Ever since May 2009, people across America have gotten to know the members of the show-choir “New Directions”. With star bound Rachel Berry, mean-spirited cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester, handicapped Artie Abrams, and many others, the award-winning television show Glee, is full of surprises.

At William McKinley High School, fitting in is hard for anyone who isn’t a football player or cheerleader. Mr. Will Schuester, a musically talented Spanish teacher, makes it easier for some kids to find their place by starting a Glee Club. As more members join, the group becomes stronger as a whole, and drama ensues.