Senior excels at history competition, advances to state

“During high school, I started doing the papers, and I really enjoyed that,” Courtney said. “I enjoyed how I was able to put more of my heart and soul into the papers, even if that’s not exactly what the judges wanted.” Each year, there is a different theme for the NHD competition, and each time […]

Cultivating life, expanding knowledge through gardening

“At Lowe’s, they had little kits that they gave to kids with a seed and a little bit of dirt,” Luke said. “I took it home and planted it, and it grew. Then the next year my family started a garden.” Luke enjoys the entire process of gardening, and, even though it is a long […]

Viking baseball team perfect through district

outscoring their opponents 124-13.

Culinary team tastes victory in Aggieland competition

John C. Maxwell’s quote “Team work makes the dream work” was brought to life by the culinary team of juniors Scott Tolle, Cainen Palmer, Jaden Twitty, and Kailey Gates when they won first place at the Taste of Aggieland competition by working together and utilizing their cooking skills as they were challenged to make a unique meal in 45 minutes. 

Sophomore soars to new heights in track and field competition

Launching off the ground. Soaring through the air. Clearing the bar. Sophomore Tyson Turner has made his mark as part of the school’s track and field team with his abilities in the high jump event and has shown his commitment to becoming the best athlete he can be. 

The Little Mermaid delivers Disney magic despite difficulties

Putting together a musical in just a few weeks is already a huge challenge, but that task is made more difficult when weather complications and the spread of an illness arise. This was unfortunately the case with this year’s production of The Little Mermaid, with an ice storm hitting Bryan right before opening night and with at least 10 cast members out with COVID at some point during the rehearsal.

High-tech high tech: Junior learns to operate drones

For centuries, humans have longed to soar high above the landscape below. As technology has continued to advance, humans can now have a bird’s eye view without even leaving the ground. That’s why junior Mason Rice was so intrigued when his former media director brought a drone to church, and inspired to pursue drones as a hobby and potentially a source of income.

HOSA student advances to region in nursing assisting competition

Junior Rebecca Torres placed 1st during the regional competition for Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA) and will advance to the state competition at the end of April. The organization aims to promote career opportunities in the health industry and to enhance the delivery of quality health care to all people. Rebecca competed in the Nursing Assisting event which required both a hands-on portion and a multiple choice portion.

New football coach hopes to bring energy, focus to team

Head football coach Ricky Tullos has been coaching for 21 years and has been a head coach for 14. This is Tullos’s first year as the new head coach for the Vikings and he appreciates the opportunities and traditions already in place at Bryan High.

Newbery award winning author visits freshman English class

Everyone dreams of meeting their idols. Some people wind up on the lucky end and get to meet the people they look up to. Freshman English teacher Abby Scoresby was among those luckier people when one of her favorite authors flew all the way from England to visit her and her students.

Summer internship provides opportunities through experience, education

Senior Eila Teizer traveled to Berlin, Germany last summer for a political internship. This unique internship included her working under a Green politician in Germany who is equivalent to America’s Pete Budttigies. While she didn’t speak with him much, she worked on comparing the different political agendas for transportation in Germany in his office. This internship was not only an incredible opportunity, but it also helped her become more confident about her future plans.

Four-star defensive end selected as All-American, signs with Purdue

compete in the All-American Bowl in San Antonio. The game featured players selected based on skills assessed during football camps and through recruits. Nic is the first player in Bryan High’s history to be selected as an All-American.

Check mate: Chess club aims to recruit members, enhance minds

Chess is a game of skill, strategy, patience, and persistence. It’s competitive and complex; it’s a game of escaping with nothing but you and your chess pieces. One wrong move could give your opponent the game. A moment of distraction could be the loss of your army. Math teacher Alan Ponce is the leader of the chess club. This will be Ponce’s 7th year running the club. He constantly strives to get kids involved and socialize with their peers through the game of chess. 

Student uses writing to inspire, express emotion

One of the best sources of inspiration is the many forms of writing: books, poems, etc.  Kaylee Duran enjoys writing and uses it as a way to inspire others. Writing is important to her as a hobby and to express her emotions.

Playing games: Student develops life skills through online gaming

Though Junior Preston Ruley has been playing games like Mario Sunshine on the Nintendo GameCube since he was six, he has recently begun playing massively multiplayer online (MMO) games.

Up in the air: Senior works to obtain pilot license, pursue career in aviation

Looking out the window, there’s nothing but sky and clouds for miles and miles. With nothing but the roar of the engine to keep you company, there is a peaceful solitude that can be found while flying. Though senior Jake Fattig started taking pilot lessons when he was 15-years-old, he’s been interested in planes since junior high and plans to spend the rest of his life miles above the ground. 

Stepping out: Junior basketball player looks to establish himself as an individual outside brothers legacy

he court standing at 6’5” and 210 lbs. Though Rodney casts a big shadow, TJ has stepped into the light on his own to make his presence known on the court.

Just keep swimming: Alumni returns to coach swim team

able to see the improvements Tirado has brought to the team. Junior Asa Ayers has seen how he is learning to fill the coaching position from the best.

Theatre department showcases talent in annual radio show

story of a young girl named Virginia who is bullied for believing in Santa Claus and decides to write a letter to the local newspaper about it.

Lunch ‘n’ Learn: Program aimed at exploring new, fascinating topics

Learning and discovering has been a concept pursued throughout history, and the desire to know more about the universe has propelled humanity through time and space. Whether it be about the molecular structure of carbon dioxide or the development of a new technology, students have continued to show a high level of intrigue and thirst for knowledge.

Peace Corps influences teachers passion, love of diversity

The Peace Corps focuses on building relationships and has core values that include sacrifice, commitment, passion, and a love for people which directly correlates to the teaching field. Freshman English teacher Cynthia Dominguez worked with the Peace Corp in Ukraine through the TESOL program from 2007-2009 before coming to Bryan High. The program helped Dominguez find her love of teaching English and she is thankful for the opportunities she has gained through teaching.

Medical program opens doors for high school students

Bryan High was granted testing center status through American Allied Health (AAH) which allows Patient Care Technician (PCT) students campus for certification. Students have two hours to complete 150 multiple choice questions. Students have 2 hours to complete the exam and pass with at least a 75 to pass and receive their national certification. 

Teacher utilizes childlike imagination, individualizes curriculum to reach students

Stephen Dillon, who has had a big imagination ever since he was a child, has taken his love for stories and creativity with him all through his life. 

Seniors lead cross-country team by example

The sun rises as the morning dew melts away and the sound of tennis shoes on the pavement can be heard as the cross country team practices early in the morning. Cross-country seniors Aaron Johanson and Craig Fuentes serve as role models for the team and have continued to enjoy success this season.

Seniors express creativity, individuality through painting parking spots

As students try to hold on to traditions amidst COVID protocol, seniors have embraced the ones that they can, including painting senior parking spots. Seniors are able to choose their parking spots and paint it to express their creativity, personality, and school spirit.

Students recognized by College Board for academic success

GPA of at least 3.5. This year six of Bryans High’s students qualified for the honor: Tori Chambers, Macario Deleon, Mia Garza, Gabriel Gomez, Ana Martinez, and Jaden Scott.

Work horse: Senior football player puts in time for offense, defense

player’s goal each time he takes the field. He aims to spend as little time on the field as possible to give his offense more time to score. Senior Tanner Allen does not take a break from the game when the defense comes off though, but instead stays on to block for his quarterback on offense. Playing a single side of the ball in football requires a lot of stamina, speed, and agility, but playing both takes a special kind of player. Being on the field play-after-play can take its toll on a player, but Tanner takes it all in stride.

Glitz & glam: Pageant competitions prepare participants for real world

Thousands of eyes focus on individuals as they are blinded by the bright lights overhead. Staying poised under pressure is a requirement of any pageant contestant and senior Addison Seay has grown accustomed to being at ease having a stage presence. In September, Addison participated in the Miss Teen Texas pageant where she competed against 75 other girls.

COVID recovery: Students, teachers work to return to normal

reasons, but one event that affected most students and teachers was online learning. Quarantine made it difficult for both online and in-person students to get a comprehensive and coherent education. Transitioning back to school for the 2021-2022 school year has also been difficult, but most people are glad to be moving back to something a little more normal. 

Center stage: Spotlight shines on theatre student

The curtain rises. The lights shine down. The actors take their places and wait for their cue. Sophomore Asher Hinton has found a home in theatre and looks to continue honing his craft while making memories and friends that will last a lifetime.

During the summer, Asher traveled to California with the Nicki Peterson Talent Agency, and was signed with an LA agency. The plan is to move to Burbank this summer and start working to earn a role in a professional production.

District works to create schedule to meet the needs of all students, staff

After instating a type of block schedule for the 2020-2021 school year to help with safety guidelines during COVID, downtown administration made the decision to continue with a different sort of hybrid schedule model for the 2021-2022 school year. 

Devious lick: TikTok trend torments schools across country

Summer of 2021. About a month before school started, viral videos of teenagers stealing and vandalizing school property began taking over TikTok. New trends come and go with the majority being harmless and fun, but some dangerous or even illegal. The “devious lick” trend caught the eyes of many attention-seeking teenagers, and even impacted local schools.

Out-working failure: Senior credits school record to hard work

There’s a social stigma around the number 100 that makes it so substantial. Turning 100 years old, scoring 100 points on a test, publishing 100 issues of a comic. The number 100 is something people strive for around the world. On September 14, senior Caroline McCall not only surpassed 100 wins in her high school tennis career, but set a new record for Bryan High. 

Unconscious calculations: Golf coach uses teaching background to help golfers develop mental game

Distances. Angles. Topography. Subconscious math calculations stream through the mind as a golf club is selected, a swing is performed, and the lay of the ground directs the roll of the ball. Golf coach Matt Hamilton has been coaching the golf  team for the past three years and, while he enjoys all aspects of the sport, he has a particular connection to it through math as a geometry teacher.

Volleyball team gets back to business after last season’s COVID restrictions

ost of the world. As far as sports and extracurricular activities go, they had to make many adjustments in order to keep everyone safe while still keeping the season as normal as possible. The volleyball team has recognized how restrictive many of the guidelines were last year and how they had a negative impact on the team while also understanding that they were put in place to keep everyone safe.

Medical mission: Siblings spend summers in Belize to help locals

Toothbrushes. Running water. Medical care. In America, these things are commonplace, a part of daily life people don’t stop to think about. In the summer, tourists visit beautiful, tropical beaches without thinking about the people who actually live there. For those people, it is not a location for a paradise vacation; it is their home where they lack the basic necessities that Americans take for granted.

Future marine aspires to join military band upon graduation

Out of breath. Struggling to stay awake. Hunger pangs setting in. Alone, they would not survive, but together they are stronger. The Marine Corps prepares individuals to work as a unit and endure the rigors of war.

Baseball team aims to strike out cancer with philanthropic efforts

Vs. Cancer is a national event that pairs athletic teams with the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. The baseball team participated in the 2021 event in their game against Shoemaker and fundraised over $4000 to be ranked in the top three in the nation.  Head baseball coach James Dillard said that he is honored to be […]

Home sweet home: Students find friends, family within four walls

A safe haven. A refuge. A home.

The fact that the 6160 is just a standard classroom down a hallway on Blue Campus does not diminish the emotional attachment many students have to that location. For many of the students who have found themselves in the 6160 over the years, it has been a place to cry, a place to rejoice, a place to complain, and a place to find a different sort of family.

A solid double: Twins lead team, will continue post-secondary education together

The crack of the bat, the smell of the fresh mowed grass, the overwhelming emotion of being a part of something bigger than yourself. These are just a few of the things that make softball a way of life for senior twins Jacque and Jess Adams. As the softball team continues to celebrate win after win this season, the girls are also looking forward to playing at the University of Louisiana Lafayette as part of the Ragin Cajun softball team.

Students create outreach project to spread awareness of animal abuse

As part of their International Baccalaureate CAS project, seniors Emma King, Selah Pilkington, and Alathea Stone worked to spread awareness to the school and community about animal abuse through the distribution of fliers, a booth they set up during lunches, and requesting students submit pictures of their own pets to be displayed.

Viking prom closet blesses senior through community support

When the district announced that prom would take place this year for seniors, many were concerned about the expenses of the event given the financial crisis caused by COVID-19. Senior English teacher Stephanie Manry immediately wanted to help and put feelers out to her Facebook friends about donations for prom. Once donations started coming in, the prom closet was set up and students were able to shop for their perfect outfits.

Thespians advance to national event in duet performance

Every year, Texas theatre troupes head to the International Thespian Society Conference. At the conference, students from schools all over Texas come to compete in different areas in hopes of advancing to nationals. Texas Thespians is a state group that organizes a yearly conference where students can attend workshops, see other high school productions, and compete with scenes, songs, or individual performances.

Receptionist helps local veterans, community by sewing masks

As mask mandates were enacted across the nation and the world, people struggled to find supplies or learn how to make them themselves by watching tutorials online. Receptionist Robin Gonzalez has sewed for years and saw a way that she could help.

Color guard finds success at international competition

The Bryan Color Guard kicked off the winter-guard season with seven out of ten competitors advancing in the Winter Guard International virtual competition. The team also placed first in the virtual Texas Color Guard Circuit and received superior ratings from both competitions.

Manticores, goblins, and dragons, oh my!: Dungeons and Dragons table top game enjoys resurgence with new generation

As supernatural and fantasy genres have enjoyed a resurgence, the tabletop role playing game, Dungeons and Dragons has (D&D) reached a level of popularity that eclipses the amount of people who played in the 70s and 80s. The game centers around imagination and allows players to create their own character whose destiny is determined by a roll of the dice. No two games are alike, keeping the game fresh and pulling new players as it propels them into a world of adventure.

Bryan ISD recognized as District of Distinction

Bryan ISD was awarded with the recognition as a District of Distinction by the Texas Art Education Association (TAEA). The title was a challenging accomplishment, but our hard working staff members and students made it possible.

Art imitates life: Student earns recognition, praise through portraiture

The movement of a line on a clean white page. Each brush stroke changing the landscape and the meaning of a piece. Art is an expression of the soul and sophomore Riena Mishima has grown and developed as an artist in portraiture and other genres.

Labor of love: Hobby helps students hone skills

In a world where teenagers fill their spare time with social media and video games, happiness can still be found under the hood of a car. Four boys have found a way to make connections with family and friends through rebuilding and repairing cars.

Junior pursues passion, soars to new heights

Becoming a pilot is a lofty goal. It takes a very down-to-earth man to truly soar in the air, plane and simple. Junior James Addison has put hours of work into his flight training, and has shown great results. After flying his first plane at the age of 13, James has spent the last three years studying and working to become a licensed pilot.

Art students participate in scholarship program through local gallery

Last year, the DEGA International Art association launched a scholarship program to offer free art workshops and classes to talented students. Sophomore Macario DeLeon and junior Danielle MacCarthy were two of the students chosen to participate in the portrait drawing workshop over the summer.

Dress code changes allow students comfort, self-expression

Prior to the start of the new school year, the school board approved dress code changes for all high schoolers in Bryan ISD. The changes include the ability to wear athletic wear and students are now allowed to have nose rings and spacers.

Student comes to America for opportunities, access to technology

Leaving the familiar for the unknown can be frightening, but freshman Santa Sic Tumax took it all in stride when she moved from Guatemala to Bryan six years ago without knowing the language or customs of the area. She caught on quickly, and is working to continue to excel in school and life.

Fine arts programs impacted by COVID-19 guidelines

All aspects of school have been modified to follow guidelines set up by the CDC and TEA because of COVID-19. These guidelines have created a unique set of alterations for both the drill team and the band. Taking the field on Friday nights is happening, but it looks a little different this year.

Savvy seniors utilize quaran-time to secure new skills

With this whole pandemic thing going on, everyone’s been suffering. People were locked up in their homes, whether they liked it or not, and had limitless time with limited money. Jobs were scarce, meaning that people had to find different ways to make money. Some seniors at Bryan High took this opportunity to get creative and found ways to make money and be productive on their own.

Damaged gym floor to be remodeled based on community input

Due to a massive hail storm that came through in mid-July, the roof over Gym 1 was heavily damaged and the floor was beyond repair. In light of the turmoil that the country and community has been facing, the coaches and administration decided to give the students and community an opportunity to vote on the new design for the floor.

Virtually inspired: Student uses YouTube to learn how to play the piano

Since early March, people have been quarantined in their homes with instructions to go out in public as little as possible. These rules forced many to lose relationships, jobs and sanity, but it also helped people gain new talents, hobbies, and friendships. Some people saw the benefits of being stuck at home, took advantage of it by learning things that many people typically would not.

Educator selected as BISD secondary teacher of the year

At the end of each school year, the BISD school district recognizes certain teachers for outstanding work in and out of their classrooms. This year, the secondary teacher of the year was awarded to English teacher Lisa Prejean.

Up, up, and away: Sophomore pole vaulter sets new school record, loses season to COVID

With UIL abruptly cancelling all sporting events due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many athletes had to say goodbye to the season they thought they would have. For some students, it was their final year of high school, for others they were just getting a taste of what a varsity sport was like, and though sophomore Sailor Todaro still has two years of eligibility to compete, she was leading the pole vaulting team and was prepared to advance through the post season.

Respiratory issues complicate COVID-19 response for senior

Asthma is a relatively common disease. In many instances, it is mild, and people can get by with using an inhaler when the need arises. For senior Phoebe Hancock, asthma has taken a much larger role in her life. She suffers from severe allergic asthma, meaning her reactions are mostly caused by her allergies. Combatting this disease and its side effects has meant countless visits to the doctor, numerous tests, and even a few operations.

Viking spirit perseveres during school closure with virtual try-outs

With social distancing orders in place, many extracurricular activities require coaches and directors to take a different approach to creating a team for the 2020-2021 school year.

“Read with the Vikes”: Baseball players read children’s books on social media

When the baseball coaches and players realized that students would not be returning to the classroom this school year, they felt it was important to do something to connect with the community. Individuals on the team created videos of themselves wearing their Viking jerseys and reading their favorite children’s book aloud. “Read with the Vikes” became a regular post that many families looked forward to.

District transitions online, provides technology to students during pandemic

Over Spring Break, Bryan ISD learned they would need an option to ensure instruction despite the COVID-19 pandemic causing the world to screech to a standstill. 

One of the first things that they wanted to do was get at least one device in every household. They approached the problem by first identifying how many households there are in the district: 8,972. Then they looked at how many Chromebooks they could pull from campuses and determined that 9,068 devices could be used. 

Tragedy and triumph: Senior overcomes difficulties through love, support, determination

“Watching my dad get shot and die in front of me when I was three still traumatized me because I didn’t have him growing up. I never had a dad to throw a ball with, never had a dad to talk about girls with, it’s just always been me and my grandma.”

Senior Deion Johnson experienced a difficult life from the start, but he has found a way to succeed by relying on people who love him and pushing himself to try new things. After his dad was killed when he was little, his grandmother took him in and raised him as her own.

Keeping children first: Food, nutrition services ensure students do not go hungry during pandemic

Serving over 19,000 meals per week when school is not in session is a daunting task that the food and nutrition services department in BISD has handled with love, care, and consideration of all involved in the process.

Senior photographer develops skill, places 3rd, has shot at state

The dozens of pictures taken daily on phones can make people lose sight of the skill photography requires. With photographers needing to learn abilities ranging from staging to exposure to shutter speed, along with many terms most people have never heard before, photography is a complex art. SkillsUSA allows students in photography, in addition to other disciplines, to showcase their abilities. At this year’s SkillsUSA competition, senior Laura Salazar competed in photography where her submission featured a patio home building with unique architecture from Florida to earn third place and advance to state.

Seniors earn top vocal honors: All-state choir member, alternate prove hard-work, dedication key to success

Earning a spot in the all-state choir is a prestigious accomplishment that only the top seven vocalists in each voice part are awarded each year. Senior Claire Beesaw earned third chair all-state mixed choir soprano and senior Abby Surley was selected as ninth chair (1st runner-up) for all-state treble choir.

Up for adoption: Community unites to celebrate 2020 seniors through Facebook page

Prom, graduation, saying goodbyes, and more are things the class of 2020 are missing out on in their final year of high school due to COVID-19. Though most seniors will eventually be able to go to the makeup prom and graduation, some won’t have any of the special traditions to attend to. To help, teachers and parents are celebrating the class online.

Music plays major role in students’ lives, instrumental to developing mind

Having the ability to play and understand music is a skill that anyone can acquire over time. Being able to play an instrument is one thing while being able to comprehend and understand what is happening and what it is trying to portray is another, greater thing. Completely learning to play an instrument or a piece can take years of hard work and dedication that not many people have the stamina to stick with.

For the love of the game: Coach returns to same court where she started program over 40 years ago

Four decades ago, Ruth Whiteley started teaching and coaching the girls basketball program at Bryan High. For 10 years she coached the team until she transitioned into a full time history teacher.

Determined to succeed: Senior utilizes discipline to develop in wrestling, military career

When thinking about an army soldier and a wrestler, one would initially think that the two are perfectly different. One is a massive, ripped, shirtless guy yelling at the crowd for glory, and the other is an astute, straight-backed fighter in a camo outfit and a rifle. Learning to fill one of these jobs might seem like it would take up all eight high school classes, there’s so much to learn and train before you’re even close to ready.

Heart to heart: Teacher heals from open heart surgery, lasting effects

Shooting pain in the arm and jaw. A general feeling of being ill at ease. Tightness in the chest. Having a healthy heart is something a lot of people bypass and take for granted. It is one of the most important organs and should be cared for. Another important thing to watch out for are the signs of a heart attack. Without knowing the signs, a person could be paralyzed or even die. Luckily for fashion design teacher Rhonda Cupit, she recognized the signs and knew to tell someone to go to the hospital when she felt pain in her jaw and arm.

Student retains positive nature, sense of humor despite broken heart

Playing sports, riding roller coasters, drinking caffeine, all things most teenagers take for granted. But for junior Jaci Siegert, each of these poses a potentially-deadly risk.

Just for kicks : Senior soccer player enjoys success on field

The opposing team has the ball, and they’re dribbling down the soccer field, getting ready to kick the ball into the net to score. Senior Yanni Vasilakis stands at the center-mid of the field and waits for the ball to be kicked towards him. There’s only a couple seconds left until the game is over and this kick determines the fate of whether or not the team will take home a win. The opposing team kicks a power shot towards the net but he strides towards the ball and kicks it towards the opposing team’s net, leading his team to another victory.

Cosmetology program utilizes former student’s experience to prepare next generation

The cosmetology department has deep roots that have helped ground the program and make it flourish. Teacher Sharonda Williams first started with the cosmetology program in 1989 while attending Bryan High. The program helped her find her purpose and place in life and she continues to strive to help others students do the same.

Teed up: Golfer keeps emotions in check to improve on course

The proverbial cliche about sports is that they are 90% mental, but how does that actually look in practice? Though sophomore golfer Luke Robertson has worked to improve his performance this season through physical practices, he has also focused on the mental and emotional aspects of the game to get an edge over his opponents on the course. Being cognizant about his reaction to each stroke and how the game is played from the first hole to the last has helped him grow as a golfer.

Class act: Theatre troupe advances 18 students to Nationals

In June, the National Championship for theatre will be held in Bloomington, Indiana. All 18 students from Bryan High who competed in qualifying will advance to the National Championship. “It feels great to be advancing to the championship,” theatre director Jacob Justice said. “I’m not surprised that we advanced. We have students that are incredibly […]

Senior tennis player pushes through pain to find success

Playing and competing in a sport with an injury can seem like a big obstacle on the way to success, but athletes still try to compete and improve even with their problems. Senior Maddie Moore plays tennis and suffers from a shoulder injury from two years ago but receives encouragement and help from her teammates to keep going.

No Scrooges for Christmas: Students perform radio show at Queen Theatre

It’s a cold December afternoon in the 1940s. Kids are playing in the snow outside, you’re bundled up in front of the fire with someone you love, and you decide to turn on the radio. When the static clears, you begin to hear the sounds of voices playing characters, telling a timeless story you’ve familiarized yourself with. Some seventy years later, students at Bryan High are taking the stage at the Queen Theatre to recreate one of those moments.
Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is a timeless story that has touched many hearts across the world through countless variations. The tale is told yet again as Viking Theater performs it as a radio play. As opposed to direct movement and visual aids, this show relies on actors’ voices and sounds as they take to their microphones.

Just keep swimming: Junior swimmer leads team through hard work, determination

Steam rises from the water as the sun comes up over the Bryan Aquatic Center. The temperature may be well into the low 40s, but swimmers dive into the pool and begin their warm-up laps before working on specific strokes. Junior Ayden Ayers has been a member of the swimming and diving team throughout high school and has continued to show resilience and determination in each practice as has times have continued to drop and his dives have continued to earn higher scores.

We’re all in this together: Basketball team pushes student body to increase school spirit

As basketball season gets into full swing, the team has made it a priority to involve the student body in a way that will impact the spirit of the school as a whole. The relationship between the fans and the players is symbiotic as one feeds off the other to create a successful season.

Students from other countries participate in foreign exchange program to experience new culture

“Alright, have a good first day of school, don’t be nervous, you’ll have fun.” The passenger door closes, and the driver drives away. The new student clenches the straps of their back pack and begins heading towards the entrance of the school. Their feet drag as they are hesitant to walk inside, their stomach turns, and they feel sick. As they walked inside, their eyes begin to look in all directions, especially at the hundreds of students filling the cafeteria running around and yelling. The whistle blows and suddenly the kids begin heading to class. With their schedule clenched in one hand, the backpack strap in the other, they read the room number and head to their first class at the new school. Starting at a new school can be overwhelming, encountering a new culture only makes things more difficult.

Once a Viking, always a Viking: Former students return to BHS as teachers to give back

Not everyone considers school a place they want to be, but some students aspire to become teachers and create a fun and enjoyable learning environment for the next generation. Over the years, some teachers have felt a connection that pulled them back to Bryan High to help other students and provide them with some of the experiences that made them fall in love with being a Viking.

All the world’s a stage: Senior to pursue acting career after high school

As the lights dim and the curtain closes, applause breaks out from around the theater, and one person stands, followed by another until the rest of the auditorium is in a standing ovation. For an actor, this is the ideal reaction from an audience. But it’s not easy to get. An actor must shed their identity and take on that of a stranger. Every step and facial twitch must match that of the character they portray. Every word must be interpreted to best convey the emotion of the moment. While some may find this too difficult and shy away from the limelight, senior Evan Pope revels in it.

Students recognized as Commended Students for National Merit Scholarship Corporation

The top 3-4% of students are recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation as commended students. Seniors Brandon Garza, Shannon Keyser, Caleb Peterson, Trey Weltens, and Lauryn Woods earned recognition as National Merit Commended students this year. They finished in the top 50,000 out of 1.5 million students taking the PSAT.

Students lead worship at flag pole during global day of prayer

See You at the Pole is a student-initiated, student-organized, and student-led event. A global day of student prayer, See you at the Pole began in 1990 as a grassroots movement with ten students praying at their school. Twenty years later, millions pray on their campuses on the fourth Wednesday in September. See You at the Pole is simply a prayer rally where students meet at the school flagpole before school to lift up their friends, families, teachers, school, and nation to God.

Creatively driven: Seniors paint parking spots, showcase individuality

The freedom of expression is important to most teenagers, as their years in high school help define who they will become as an adult. The school continues to support their creativity by partnering with the Project Graduation committee to allow seniors to paint their parking spots with designs that reflect their personalities.

Senior refuses to let limitation hinder education, performances

Performing on-stage can be intimidating for any actor, but when that performance is complicated by another challenge, it can be even more so. Senior Trey Weltens takes it all in stride and has worked through his high school years to perfect his craft despite the difficulties he has faced because of hearing loss.

FCCLA group prepares for 75th anniversary celebration

FCCLA, which stands for Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America, iis a national organization for youth that focuses on leadership. Students in the FCCLA program have the opportunity to travel to Galveston for competitions and have the opportunity to advance to state in Dallas. This year marks the 75th anniversary of the organization, and the Bryan High branch plans to make the most of it through connecting with the community even more.

Persistent passion: Senior cross-country athlete leads by example

Winning isn’t everything. Many people believe they should only be involved in an activity or a hobby if they excel at it, but rewards come in many different forms. Senior Caleb Peterson proves each day that persistence and doing something because he loves it is key while running cross country.

Calculated decisions: Junior quarterback excels on field, in classroom

Football is a calculated sport. Anticipation and planning paired with the mathematics of velocity and angles require players to think quickly. Junior quarterback Nico Bulhoff possesses traits of a great quarterback and excels on the field and in the classroom.

Home on the range: Student learns patience, gains stamina through archery

Ready. Aim. Fire. Freshman Sophia Bradley started shooting a recurve bow when she was in third grade through 4-H shooting sports. By participating in USA archery, 4-H archery, and ASA archery she has been able to enjoy much success over the years.

Sixth sense: Senior’s leadership helps set team up for success

After four years of being on the varsity volleyball team, leadership and teamwork are almost like sixth senses for senior Coco Gillett. With each passing year, Coco has gained experience and responsibility, helping her gain recognition at the collegiate level and respect on the team.

Senior capitalizes on experiences gained through Boys Nation

While most people learn about how the legislature works in their government class, very few people have the chance to go through the procedures of Congress. This summer, senior Caleb Merell was chosen for this opportunity and was able to go to Washington DC with Boys Nation.

Organization gains national recognition for advocacy work within community

A mother and a child walk through Sue Haswell Park near Downtown Bryan one Saturday morning in late fall. As they cross the grass, they see a group of teenagers with trash bags picking up cigarette butts from the ground. The students are with the Vikings Kick Out Tobacco group and work within the community to increase awareness about tobacco prevention.

Softball team shows strength, stamina, support to earn second in district play

Underdogs are a part of what makes people love sports and this year, with a move to 6A, most teams found themselves in the underdog position. The softball team capitalized on their role as an underdog and showed the other teams what they were made of, earning second place in a highly competitive district before going on to be bi-district champions.

Staff recognizes inaugural Students of the Year

Eight students, one male and one female from each cohort, were named Students of the Year by faculty and staff members. This is the inaugural year for this award which was presented to students who exemplified the Essential 8 characteristics and what it means to be a Viking. “The idea was a collaborative brainstorm agenda […]

Going the distance: Junior earns second at region, improves with personal best

The discus weighs heavily in junior Justin Sheridan’s hand as he prepares to launch it across the field. He begins his spin and then releases as his eyes focus on where the discus will land.

At the district meet, Justin threw 137’1” to finish in 3rd place and threw 148’5” at area to place second and advance to region.

Bases loaded: Senior captain leads by example in outfield, batter’s box

It’s late in the game and the Vikings are down by a run with a man in scoring position. Senior Michael Barber feels a surge of adrenaline as he steps up to the plate. The pitcher leans back, and unleashes a fastball. Michael swings hard, and sends the ball flying into the outfield. This is the moment that makes all the sacrifices worth it.

International Baccalaureate Programme sets high expectations, rigor for students

High school is meant to prepare students for college; and giving them the best preparation is key to success. The International Baccalaureate Programme has been a success since it was established at Bryan High in 2010. Students participating in the programme have learned superior test taking skills, essay writing, time management, and many other skills […]