Murder mystery: Thespians perform improv whodunit

Murder. A whodunit mystery presented by the theatre department shocked both the theatre group and the audience. Law and Hors d’oeuvres is an improv show put on by the thespian group in the Blue Bistro as a murder mystery dinner theatre. The show was done in an improv style, preventing even the cast from knowing who the murderer was beforehand.

Fall 2017 semester exam schedule

BHS Fall 2017 Final Exam Schedule

New hobby is bees knees: Senior finds passion in beekeeping through 4-H spin club

Bees swarm around their white box home as they fly in and out working on their honeycomb. Senior Sydney Wilkinson enjoys the buzzing of bees as she maintains their home and helps foster a healthy atmosphere for them to live. What started as a way to meet a school requirement has transformed into a life-long passion while also helping the environment.

Band makes history, advances to state

The marching band competed in the 5A Area marching contest in Galena Park on October 28 where they advanced to the state contest held on Wednesday, November 8 at the Alamodome in San Antonio.

Get your head in the game: Senior leads team both on court, academically

The pristine shine of polished hardwood, crowds screaming “Defense!”, coaches yelling for players to watch the ball, and only 30 seconds left on the clock. For senior Wade McGregor, this is the atmosphere that pushes and inspires him to keep coming back to the game he loves to play.

Swinging into action: Girls drive golf team toward successful season

They look down the green with narrowed eyes to block out the sun’s glare. After adjusting the clubs in their hands, they mentally calculate the distance and the amount of force they must swing to get a tiny ball over 300 yards across a field while avoiding water hazards, sand traps, and trees while taking into account the wind. Becoming more confident, they swing, and the balls fly away through the air. For sophomore Skye Faldyn and senior Ellie Conrad, this has become natural.

Taking it to the hoop: Senior posts up in leadership role on team

Working one’s way up to the top requires hard word, dedication, time, effort, and patience. When a sophomore earns their spot on a varsity team, the style of play changes. It’s faster, it’s harder, it’s more aggressive, and it’s overwhelming, but as the seasons pass, the player gains experience and that sophomore who was overwhelmed now leads the team. Senior Charnell Gibson has experienced this in basketball, starting out on the JV team as a freshman and then as a sophomore on varsity. She was immersed in the change of pace and is now leading the charge on the court.

Helping others heal: Focus shouldn’t just be on US during natural disasters

Since early September, it seems like the US has been ravaged by natural disaster. Our home state was hit by hurricane Harvey, Florida was hit by hurricane Irma, California has been razed by massive wildfires, and more recently a storm developed off the east coast named hurricane Jose. However, a lot of people disregard natural disasters outside of the United States. Such as Puerto Rico, which was hit by Hurricane Maria.

Tears and laughter: Paramore releases new album after four year hiatus

In recent years, a particular technique has bounced its way back into the music scene: 80’s beats and sounds. As a fan of most 80’s music (especially bops like Toto’s “Africa” and Paul Simon’s “You Can Call Me Al”) and popular bands of today, I appreciate the resurgence of these nostalgic sounds. So when my favorite band, Paramore, released their most recent album After Laughter in May 2017, I instantly fell in love with the group’s new pop-ish style (especially after listening to the album in its entirety about four times a day for a week).

New spin on medical drama leaves audiences rushing to the operating room

“We need an O.R quick! Nurse hand me a 10 blade please, patient’s in cardiac arrest! We’re losing them!” We’ve listened to these medical phrases through series after series on the television screen. One would think Americans would be sick and tired of rewatching the same storyline play over and over again, but a new medical drama The Good Doctor has added a new twist to the story.

Seniors create asphalt masterpieces to showcase personality, creativity, aspirations

For the past three years, seniors have spent the last days of summer vacation painting their parking spots. Senior parking spots have become a tradition, and the parking spots reflect the passions and interests of each student.
Seniors Lina Rice, Matthew Edge, and Maddie Giles each painted their spots themselves and look at them as representations of who they are as individuals.

Forty minutes to win it: Junior wins at 4-H national food competition

One basket, a few ingredients, 40 minutes on the clock. With all of these things, a team of three to five members must create a dish, a cost analysis, a list of its nutritional value, and present the final dish to a panel of judges. Through Texas 4-H, junior Hannah Czajkowski has been given the opportunity to compete in the 4-H Food Challenge and even make it as far as the State 4-H Food Challenge Contest, and winning the National 4-H Food Challenge Contest in October with two other team members.

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Not saved by the bell: Learn from past mistakes for fresh start

“No regrets” was my motto last year, and I lived by that. Now that I look back on it, I regret getting C’s and D’s in my classes. I regret lying to all the teachers when I skipped to hang out with my friends. Those people I used to skip with aren’t even my friends anymore. I’ve come to ask myself: “what was the point?” I didn’t gain anything from slacking I did in my classes, even when I did go to them.

Unlocking music genres for masses: Piano Guys use 88 keys to create musical masterpieces

As I scroll down the web page full of music I am supposed to listen to in my lab time for piano, I come across one video that looks like it could be interesting and click it. After a few seconds of watching it, I quickly become fascinated in the music and the skill of the people performing. What’s more, I vaguely recognize the pop song these people are playing but soon quickly realize that there is classical music blended into it. When the video is finished playing, a name pops up across the top of the screen: The Piano Guys. My only thought is this is so different than anything else I’ve ever watched or listened to before. I wasn’t the only one with this fascination. All over the world, millions of people have felt the same way I did, leading the group to receive invitations to prestigious places and events such as Carnegie Hall and the presidential inauguration.

Feeling so empty, nothing left to give

There is a powerful quote in the workout and school world that states: “Your mind will quit a thousand times before your body ever will”? While that is true for some people, what happens when you’re so motivated that your body gives up first, yet your mind tells you to keep going, to keep pushing – even when that’s not the best option? How do you combat that? How do you listen to your body? How do you give yourself a day off when you’re in constant fight mode to become better and outwork everyone?

Ice ice baby: Winter Olympics dominates mainstream summer games

From blades on ice to skis on snow, the Olympic Winter games is more entertaining to me than the Summer Olympics. It could be because of my emotional attachment to them and the nostalgic value they hold, but they will always melt my cold and frozen heart every time I have a chance to watch them.

Two Viking cheerleaders earn All-American honors at summer camp

The lights overhead, the crowd cheering, the team pushing for another win – Friday night lights are in full swing. All of this may seem overwhelming, but for senior cheerleaders Jada Moody and Hannah Broussard, it’s the most exciting part of their week. Before the squad could take the field for the season, they attended […]

Leading the pack: Junior steps up in leadership role with cross country team

The alarm sounds. It’s 5AM, and the only option is to wake up and get to practice. So they pushes themselves out of bed, get ready, and beats the sun to the horizon. Day after day. This is the ritual of the cross country team, 56 members who have been undaunted by the early morning practices. With such a big team, team captain junior Nick Defoy has taken charge and became a leader on the team in practice, at meets, and in the classroom.

Sophomore digs position on volleyball team, contributes to team success

Varsity sports are frequently dominated by upperclassmen who have both the skill level and experience to eclipse younger players, but sometimes a young player demonstrates the ability to earn their spot on the team.

‘Bear’ing weight on offense: Senior lineman to play at Baylor University

High school athletes await the day where the college of their dream signs them to play the sports they’ve spent years of their life working to perfect their best abilities, while playing games almost every Friday night against teams that might be bigger and stronger, and keeping that drive and school spirit in mind with every yard line crossed. Senior Ylijaah Hall is experiencing that after Baylor University signed him to play football next season.

School shines on STAAR: High school earns distinctions for fourth consecutive year

This year, Bryan High met standard according to the state by earning five out of the seven possible distinctions the state can award a school for the fourth year in a row.

50 years of dance: Shy-Annes celebrate anniversary year with reunion, traditions

Half a century. The Golden Anniversary. Decades of dedication, school spirit, and the art of dancing, make up the Shy-Annes drill team. This year the team looks to celebrate fifty years with a breakfast, homecoming performance, and spring show involving present and past Shy-Anne members. Over 100 former members will be recognized on the field […]

#tellthestory: Superintendent fosters listening, learning, loving

Dr. Christie Whitbeck walks down the hallway at Bryan High School, just one of more than twenty schools under her supervision. She excels at troubleshooting and has an air of confidence about her – it comes with the job. But she also carries a story. A story unique to her which pushes her. One that involves the passing of both her husband and her son. One that has pushes her to listen – to listen to the stories of the employees who answer to her and the students she serves because she knows they matter.

Classic comic book finds new life as teen drama series

With cinematic universes like Marvel and DC, it’s evident that this particular genre is popular, and as someone who enjoys these movies and shows, I never thought I would find anything else like them. Now enter Riverdale, a spin-off of the classic Archie Comics. The serious tone of the show sets it apart from the light-hearted comics and immerses the viewer into the world of teenaged drama. The show opens with the death of the town’s golden boy, Jason Blossom, and the arrival of the new girl, Veronica Lodge. Upon these circumstances, the town is sent into a turmoil, slowly unraveling Riverdale’s darkest secrets.

Keep options open: Students should consider both in, out of state colleges

Juniors and seniors are getting ready for the most stressful time in their young lives. Deciding on where they want to attend for college. The moment in life where they must choose the next path to walk down on in life after high school. It is a subject that many of us would rather avoid, though there is a few who actually look forward to it. As students begin to make their selection and wade through the never-ending list of colleges they believe will best suit them, there’s an issue that sometimes pops up. Do they leave home to experience a new form of independence at an out-of-state school, or stay closer to home at an in-state school and have the benefit of family and friends close by? At first glance, out-of-state can seem pretty scary, but it might not be as bad as it’s made out to be.

Movie shines light on Civil Rights issues, provides varying perspectives

History is taught in many different ways and these ways provide different perspectives of each event. Though it may seem that we know everything there is to know about our world; it is most definitely true (yet hard to admit) that we do not. We isolate ourselves from some of the most impacting events in history. One event that never made it into history books, and was kept a secret by the people who didn’t witness it, was a riot that took place in the heart of Detroit, Michigan. That is until August 4, 2017 when Detroit came out in theaters and provided the world with a secret event that changed the perspective of the social reform movement.

A foot above the rest: Standard system measures up to scrutiny

I have had many different math and science teachers throughout the years, but nearly all of them have made the same claim: the standard system is ridiculous and America should switch to the metric system. The standard system is the units of measurement such as inches and Fahrenheit that are used in the United States, and the metric system uses measurements like centimeters and Celsius and is used in the rest of the world. Every time I hear this claim, I flinch internally. What did all these people have against the standard system? Why would we use it so much if it was completely impractical? Perhaps I was a bit over-attached to the standard system since I grew up with it, and the metric system really was easier to make calculations with…did I have an unreasonable loyalty? Though I had my doubts, as I have grown up and progressed through school, I have discovered many merits of the standard system over the metric.

Baby Driver’s soundtrack provides two hour getaway

I’m not really a fan of action movies. I’ve never really liked the explosions and loud surround sound screeching of tires on pavement and bullets shooting through glass, or the cruelty of the antagonist in a cliche situation in which the female lead is taken hostage. Over the summer I saw a movie that was an exception to that. Baby Driver is a crime-action film from director Edgar Wright who also brought the world movies like Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and the Scott Pilgrim vs. The World adaptation.

Web-slinging disaster: Homecoming not an event to remember

This summer Spider-Man: Homecoming came out in theaters as Hollywood’s love for sequels continues to earn money. Over the years, there have been a total of seven Spiderman movies. Being the superhero fan that I am, I decided to watch this one in theaters. Although the main character Peter Parker (Tom Holland) is very attractive, I still didn’t enjoy the movie like I did the others.

Walk mile in service: Students should experience industry to understand challenges of job

The US Census found in 2013, 1 in 4 high schoolers work part-time jobs during the school year. Many of these jobs are in customer service, whether it’s in the fast food industry, a restaurant, a grocery store, or any other positions that deals with people, and helping customers get what they want or need.

Effort required to improve mind, body, soul

Community service: a necessary evil for embellishing college applications and resumes, or even for impressing your peers and parents. Of course, community service isn’t all bad. In the International Baccalaureate (IB) program students are required to participate in Creativity, Activity, and Service (CAS). It sounds like a lot to deal with, and sometimes it truly is. Keeping up with weekly logs, reflections, and evidence can be tedious on top of all of my other assignments, but CAS has helped me stay committed to a task and taught me how to record events for me to reflect on later. It has also highlighted how both the person receiving and the person giving benefit from the act.

Mariachi group plays their way into the hearts of students, community members

From a bolero romantic serenade with a soft touch, to huapango which uses a lot of falsetto, to son jalisiense which involves an aggressive style of vocalization, mariachi music fits many different settings and captures an audience hungry for rhythm and entertainment. Orchestra teacher John Lemons started a mariachi group this year after a meeting […]

Wrestling coach inducted into Hall of Fame

Wrestling coach Michael Zito has coached wrestling at Bryan High for the last 23 years. He grew up wrestling and attended school in Northeastern Ohio where he developed his passion for the sport before knee injuries prevented him from continuing as an athlete. He now uses his wrestling experience and passion for teaching to motivate […]

13 reasons why not: Series misrepresents important issues

WARNING: If you plan on watching 13 Reasons Why and you’re behind the curve, don’t continue reading this article; Spoilers lie ahead!
As high school and teen shows go, it can be understood that a majority of the storylines, characters, and settings may be unrealistic. When a show and its writers take themselves too seriously, it can be reflected in just about every aspect of the show: from acting, to dialogue, to the entire story itself.

Some things never change: Netflix revitalizes old series, gains new viewers with universal themes

High school cliques. What typically comes to mind are the stereotypical geeks, bad boys, freaks, and full of these the run-of-the-mill popular teens in school. Freaks and Geeks is a tv show centered in a high school full of these old school cliques, who are trying to fit in and gain a reputation. The show is based on the idealistic high school vision we all had instead of the real high school experience.

No parking: Student safety concerns prompt administration to change circle drive

The circle drive is now a no parking zone and violators may be ticketed by the police department. All visitors are asked to park in the front lot and enter the campus through the secure check-in area before being buzzed into the school. These changes have been made to increase campus safety.

Double play: Sisters provide strength, support to softball team

The hum of the crowd echoes across the field to the pitcher. She takes a deep breath before she hurls a softball across the plate. Despite the speed and curve of the ball, the bat makes contact, and the ball arcs through the air…into the waiting glove of the center fielder. The pitcher and center fielder grin at each other before running back toward the dugout as the side is retired. This is a normal occurrence in junior Rebekah Hubachek and senior Emily Hubachek’s life. The sisters have played softball for much of their lives and now play together for Bryan High.

Cautionary tale: Social media requires forethought before posting

Hashtag. Ating. Trending. Tweeting. Snapping. The internet streams social media into teens’ lives every waking moment of the day. Social media has become the communication form of choice with teens which comes with the good and the bad. It allows them to express themselves and communicate instantaneously with family, friends and strangers, but many times […]

Girl Code: Three unspoken rules to live by for dating, friendship

Every girl knows the unspoken rules of Girl Code, but despite of knowing these guidelines, many girls don’t uphold the code. Once a guy gets into the mix, girls feel that the rules don’t apply to them anymore, but they’re wrong. Guys can cause longtime friendships between two girls to end in a heartbeat. The […]

Waste of safe space: Real issues overshadowed by trivial disagreements

Reliving a traumatic experience at the mention of a specific word or phrase, noise going off, or the sight of a familiar face is nothing to take lightly. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), a very real concern, is taken seriously in most cases and is appropriately accommodated for serious cases via safe spaces. Safe spaces are a good idea for those who need a place to calm down from panic attacks, PTSD attacks, or harassment. However, over the past five years, there’s been the used and public opinion of safe spaces.

Sophomore sounds off, adds unique beat to a cappella group

A baseline beat resonates from the stage as the choir begins to sing and captures the attention of the audience. Vocal Legacy, the a cappella choir group is composed of some of the best singers at Bryan High and in that mix is sophomore Graham Littlefield who excels at beatboxing.

The beat goes on: Indoor percussion drums up support through artistry, skill

Keeping in-step with complicated choreography, telling the story of the performance through facial expressions, and keeping the beat with big drums, simultaneously can be a challenge. Members of Viking Indoor Percussion manage the challenges that come with the production with vigor and determination evidenced by their first place finish at the Texas Color Guard Circuit earlier this year.

Crime and research: Forensic series sheds light on unsolved cases

The typical crime show follows a group of detectives seeking to solve unrealistic and improbable crimes. Forensic Files is unlike these impractical shows as it tells, in documentary-style, the true stories of violent murders, mysterious accidents, and outbreaks of fatal illnesses. Each episode features a different case, all revealing how forensic science is used to […]

Beauty on a Budget: Drugstore products provide palatable solution at low cost

Makeup is an art that women and a number of men take pride in, painting their faces like blank canvases. There are plenty of options that can help artists and newbies achieve the various looks someone could strive for. High school students don’t make a lot of money, which restricts their beauty budget to drugstore makeup purchases. This doesn’t have to be a problem if you do your research. Some products should be avoided like the E.L.F. brand. It may fit in your budget, but only a few of their products work for most people. Their products are typically known to not last all day and end up moving around on your face or crumbling on your skin under the eyes; so although it’s cheap, you are getting what you pay for. To ensure you don’t get stuck with low quality, cheap make-up, I’m going to provide a few tips below.

Vaulting to new heights: Junior athlete improves while leading by example

His mind is clear. His vision zeroes in on the target. There is no sound. The only thing he is aware of is the object in front of him: the bar. His task, get over the bar. Junior pole vaulter Campbell Webb experiences this at each track meet.

Beauty and the box office; Live action remake stuns audience with story telling, visuals

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is a live-action remake of the classic animated fairytale. The new production strives to appeal to a modern audience while also staying true to the original storyline and music while adding a few new twist to the original classic. Beauty and the Beast is about the fantastic journey of Belle, […]

Love all: Sisters bring family bond to tennis courts

Teams are like families. They count on each other, hang out together, and and come together as a team. They may not always get along, but in the end, they always have each other’s backs. The Paholek sisters have taken this concept to the next level in that the girls are both teammates and sisters.

Little fish in big pond: Freshman earns medals at state swim meet

Swimming is a sport where fractions of seconds make the difference in medaling and hoping for a better time next season. Freshman Abby Surley has progressed this season to shave entire seconds off her time and advance to state as an individual and a part of two relay teams. Filling the role of breaststroker has been integral to the team’s overall success, helping them earn both a silver and bronze medal at the state meet.

Senior strays from norm, enjoys unique interests, hobbies

Millennials are labeled as a generation of self-absorbed, technology addicted citizens, but stereotypes don’t always apply. Senior Sam Opersteny isn’t interested in the latest app or song on Billboard’s top 100 list, instead he enjoys spending time outdoors working with his hands and doing other things not typically associated with teenagers.

Senioritis pushes student to pursue interest instead of coasting through final year

There seems to be a greater push to make students plan their future at a younger age. As fourth graders are expected to make decisions now that will affect them in high school. Sometimes though, students don’t know what they are interested in until they are older and have been exposed to different activities. Senior Clifton Johnson has experienced this shift in interest first-hand and tried something new his senior year.

Jack of all trades: Junior athlete serves team as utility player

He dives to catch the outfield fly ball. He fields the fast-paced grounder on the infield before throwing it to the first baseman for an out. He concentrates on the catcher’s signals before firing another strike across the plate. Junior Hunter Van Etten makes sure he doesn’t get too comfortable in any one position as he is a utility player for the Vikings and moves frequently. Hunter developed a passion for the game from an early and has worked to develop his skills in every position.

The art of the hand-off: Senior relay athletes pass down ideas of family, team work

Successful teams are created whenever the members stop relying on the talent of themselves and begin working together. Each individual athlete may be good, but when they’re put together they’re great. Seniors Makayla Howard and Quinteria Johnson have found this to be true in track as they run on the relay team.

Bulls eye: Faculty, students enjoy darts competition as way to relax, meet new people

Consistency, accuracy, precision are all characteristics associated with athletes and the sports they participate, but most people overlook darts as a competition because it’s seen mostly as a hobby where people just joke around. While many people are unaware of the sport itself, its unique requirements make the game challenging while providing the opportunity for competitors to be highly competitive and pursue championships matches across the country. School provided a way for biology teacher Hayley Ask, algebra teacher Paul Ruiz, and senior Sarah Payan to find the sport of darts.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Seniors lead team through perseverance, determination

Basketball is the definition of a team sport. Five players on the court must interact in a seamless fashion to effectively protect their own goal and score points in their opponent’s. Injuries and setbacks can ruin a season and cripple a team, but they can also be used to strengthen bonds and push the team to come together even more.

How I met my favorite show: Character relationships create quality sitcom focused on friendship

“She has to spend her summers in North Carolina. She needs to be athletic but preferably play tennis. Once a day she has to take the challenge of crossword puzzles. She has to play some type of instrument and her favorite singer has to be Otis. Her favorite book has to be Love in the Time of Cholera. She has to love old classic movies but most importantly her favorite food has to be lasagna. And once we’re ready for kids the limit is two; a girl and a boy.”

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From house to home: Fixer Upper features family friendly fun

“Are you ready to see your Fixer Upper?” star of the HGTV series, Fixer Upper, Joanna Gaines says before revealing to her clients something that will change their lives forever- their dream home. Joanna and her husband, Chip Gaines, carefully select the worst houses in the best neighborhoods of Waco, and surrounding areas to transform them into their clients desires. The show is an adventure filled with style, family, and fun.

Get in Formation: Beyonce fans experience concert of a lifetime, connect to artist

I witnessed first hand Beyoncé’s groundbreaking Lemonade concert in Houston. I was more than ready to “Get in Formation” by the time the concert started. When she sang her first lyrics, I felt more empowered than ever. Beyoncé’s legendary box began to spin and within seconds, lights were in a frenzy giving the audience a hypnotic high. She stepped out the front of the box, and I felt as if someone was placing cinderblocks on my chest. Her face was overshadowed by her iconic black hat, and her “beehive” began forming around her.

Fairy tale wedding: Art teacher proposal, wedding inspired by fictional interests

Creativity is in every aspect of life, whether we want to admit it or not. Art teacher Samantha Bennett understands that concept well, by taking creativity and making a living with it, but also incorporating it into her everyday life. Whether it be a doodle on a random piece of paper, or her entire wedding, creativity plays an important role in her life.

Seniors no longer ready to leave high school as graduation looms, end of semester approaches

The first day of school this year, all of the seniors posted their “last first day of high school” on every social media. Since freshman year, the thought that echoed through their heads each morning was: “I’m so ready to graduate.” Senioritis began setting in around the first semester of junior year, but things are changing fast. As the end of the first semester looms, I’m starting to question why I wanted to graduate so badly.

Video bloggers inspire, provide guidance for beauty, style

YouTube is used world-wide to upload and watch videos to entertain whatever quirky interest internet users may be into. I find amusement in the beauty and fashion channels like many other young girls. These YouTube bloggers are just average girls who have more experience with things when it comes to beauty tips. The videos serve as a guiding tool for beginners, like myself, who didn’t really have anyone to teach them the basics of beauty.

British comedy series finds success state side, leaves audience laughing

From Jim putting office supplies in jello as a prank for Dwight, to Angela and her cats, The Office is one of my favorite shows on TV. With comedic characters like Michael Scott, Dwight Schrute, and Kelly Kapoor viewers, are sure to laugh at least once. The Office has many great comebacks and great relationships. They definitely stepped out of their comfort zone of American TV when making this show.

Founding fathers shouldn’t be forgotten with currency changes

While many features differ from country to country, there are a few things that every country has in common. One of those is currency. Despite all of the flaws and problems that money can cause, it is necessary to keep a country running smoothly. Since money is such an instrumental part of a well-functioning nation, […]

American Idiots revived: Green Day returns to roots with Revolution Radio

Starting in 1987 and hailing from Anaheim, California, the punk rock band Green Day has influenced the minds of teenagers for three decades. Over the years of international success with young and old demographics, the plethora of songs cover a range of topics from punk-rock love songs to political statements that resonate with not only the band members, but their audience.

All the world’s a stage: Theatre program performs play, playwright attends

The lights blind senior Caleb Duane as he takes the stage. He feels the familiar rush of adrenaline as a hush falls over the audience. Caleb is used to performing to both crowds large and small, but this time it’s different. This time he is performing for the shows creator. This time he portrays a character with the writer, who originally brought this true story to stage, sitting in the audience.

Ball is life: Junior leads basketball team to success as veteran player

Walking into the gym on a cold Tuesday night, there’s a basketball pounding the floor and a crowd roaring at the game they’re watching. The Bryan High varsity boy’s basketball team is led by 6’2”, 180 pounds of pure toughness, junior Zach Nutall who averaged 18 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists last season as a sophomore, and is constantly improving his averages and the team’s success.

Walk for Water: Senior creates project to raise awareness, money for Guatemalans

A young boy crawls out of bed before dawn, puts his bare feet on the rocky ground, and starts his treacherous 2.3 mile journey to get clean water. As he fumbles through the darkness, his body begins to ache and beads of sweat form on his brow. When he finally reaches his destination, he fills […]

Rugged race: Student pushes limits mentally, physically during cycling race

For thirty days she was isolated from the outside world, only able to see long dirt roads and forgotten trails through the Continental Divide. The race stretched on for 2,768.4 miles as she faced dehydration, starvation, lightning storms, and isolation. Junior Lina put her body and mind through the toughest experience she ever faced when […]