So bad it’s good: Christmas movie like a car crash, viewers cannot look away

December was the one year anniversary of the release of Rekindling Christmas, and just a few days ago it was the one year anniversary of me watching it for the first and last time. 

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.

Selling the pitch: How creativity, consistency combine to craft quality characters

As someone who cares a lot about storytelling and characters, there are certain topics that come up a lot. What stands out to me is creative, unique, big set-piece moments or characters. They can be comedic or serious, long-term or short-term, fantastical or realistic, or using existing ideas creatively or completely new ones.  With characters […]

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. 

Unique fashion district allows individual expression

Harajuku, an area between Shinjuku and Shibuya in Japan, is a fashion district where people are frequently dressed in bright colors and layers of clothing. People also may be seen dressed in elegant lacy dresses with cute parasols, or Gothic fashion.

Newer not always better: Classic cinema captivates audiences, creates nostalgia

Sometimes the best thing to do on the weekend is binge classic movies. Some of my favorites have one thing in common – John Travolta. Grease, Hairspray, and Urban Cowboys all showcase Travolta’s range of acting skills through superb storytelling. Travolta is loved world-wide, whether it’s for his more serious action-filled roles or for his goofy ones. 

Finding niche within band helps create friendships

I’m in the Viking band, and even though practices can be tough, it is definitely worth it. I love band and I think everyone should consider joining band or participate in some other student organization. There are many benefits to joining a student organization such as making new friends and spending lots of time with them at practices. Practice also gives you something to do after school other than homework.

Sports, activities help students with ADHD find focus

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)  affects 9.4% of children and adolescents (6.1 million). Not only does ADHD affect cognitive issues, but it also affects behavior and mood. ADHD can be detrimental to students, and they can be perceived as disrespectful and disruptive or inattentive to others due to the symptoms that come with ADHD. One of the […]

Ctrl-ing her future: SZA’s debut album holds true four years later

Ctrl (pronounced ¨control¨) is SZA´s debut album released on June 9, 2017. The album was inspired by SZA´s view of control in her life and how she’s gaining power over it again after a long period of being in a toxic relationship.

Journalist inspires through writing, research, activism

Marie Colvin was a journalist who specialized as a war correspondent and is one of my favorite role models. I honestly can’t explain how much I appreciate her and her work. Colvin was an amazing writer, and she had to go to great lengths to get her information and her sources. 

Switching it up: Nintendo’s newest Animal Crossing game makes being in debt to a raccoon fun

n March 20, 2020, a ray of sunshine broke through the thick clouds of quarantine; Nintendo released Animal Crossing New Horizons (ACNH), a classic life simulator game with a new take.  

Sinister surprises: Dissecting anatomy of jump scares

Think of a typical horror movie. 

You’re probably imagining a dark and suspenseful scene. Perhaps a babysitter alone in a house, or teenagers wandering around a summer camp.

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. 

Compelling, creative classics reflect current culture

A man who was wrongfully imprisoned escapes, seeking revenge and finding redemption. A woman discovers a horrible secret about her would-be lover. A boy struggles with a gang of thieves on his journey to discover his identity. 

Reject bland boring chips, embrace ‘Fun’yuns

Savory, spicy, satisfying crunch, and the perfect amount of saltiness. All these qualities are what make a perfect chip and, fortunately, there’s a chip that meets all of these standards.

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.

Horror films omit sensory information to captivate audiences

Horror films aim to scare audiences through the use of sensory information. Creators also influence audiences through the deprivation of senses. 

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.

Giddy for Ghibli: Studio creates superior visuals, storytelling

There’s a studio that’s made multiple academy-award-winning movies with phenomenal visuals, characters, and storytelling. And yet people look at them not like the brilliant masterpieces they are, but as silly baby movies to put on for their kids, all because they fall under the category of animation. Well, I’ve had enough. Genius can only go […]

Audience relates to revolutionary film through inclusion of content creators

After the world was shut down due to COVID, businesses such as movie theaters are finally starting to open again. One exceptional movie that is worth leaving the house for is FreeGuy.

Streaming surplus threatens theater comeback

With the COVID-19 pandemic trapping most people inside for the last year and a half, going to the cinema to see new releases just hasn’t been plausible. Because of this, services are now thriving more than ever. Thousands of families across the nation now rely on streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu, Prime, and Disney+ for all of their entertainment. Now that theaters are starting to open up again, many film creators and cinephiles are wondering whether they can survive with the new surge of people opting to stay home and stream their films instead.

Lack luster stores leave mall shoppers livid

People of Bryan/College Station, let’s face it our mall sucks. We’re all thinking it, we all know it. The mall has been regressing for a while now. All the stores we once loved have fled the mall and their replacements are junky off-brand stores no one has ever heard of. 

Loki, low-key likable character through portrayal in new Disney+ series

Seeing someone from another perspective can help you appreciate and understand the character better. The new Disney+ series, Loki, shares a story from Loki’s perspective and changes how people think of him. Loki steals the tesseract and is captured by the Time Variance Authority (TVA), an organization that maintains the sacred timeline. They were going to reset Loki, but they recruited him instead to help them capture another Loki variant, named Sylvie. When he captures Sylvie, he goes with her and they discover who’s really in charge of the TVA. In the end the timeline branches in various directions, setting up the new multiverse. 

A cut above: Cosmetology students excel in rigorous course

Cosmetology may seem like an easy class to take in high school because many students believe we just do hair and makeup all day in class. While part of that is true, it is a lot more complex than that and takes a lot of time and dedication.
Cosmetology students have to learn how to do hair, nails, and many other things. They have to learn all about the hair and the face, including knowing how all the face muscles’ functions’ and names.
During the first week of school, students learn about the safety precautions that need to be taken in salons. They have to learn what to do if a client is bleeding or what to do if the stylist accidentally cuts themself while cutting hair. Students also have to learn how to make a registered EPA, which is used to disinfect the work station before and after a client.
Cosmetology students learn about all the different angles to turn the head when cutting and at which angle to hold the hair. The way a stylist holds the hair creates a certain haircut. If the hair is held at a zero degree angle, it would be a blunt cut, but if it is held at 180 degrees, it creates shorter layers in the hair. If the hair is not held at the right angle, the haircut will be wrong. The angle of the hair is the one of the most important factors for haircutting.
There is also a certain way to hold the shears when cutting hair, and only a certain amount of hair can be cut at a time.
There are also safety precautions in place when using sharp utensils like not cutting past the second knuckle because if a stylist does, they can cut themself. I learned that the hard way and cut myself while cutting a mannequin’s hair.
When students learn how to do a chemical service on hair they use a mock solution instead of going right in and trying it on the mannequins. Classes go into detail about how much hair to take and how much dye should be applied onto the hair. It also depends on if the client is getting a touch up or not.

Students also learn how to do perms and which perms to use on a client based on their hair type. They also learn how to correctly apply the solution and the rollers to create the perfect style.
Before we began doing perms, we were told that it was not going to smell good, but I was not expecting it to smell as bad as it did.
On certain days cosmetology students are allowed to invite people to come in and perform services on them. They can invite friends to come in and have their hair done to allow cosmetology students to practice.
Sometimes I get nervous when I perform services for people because it is an actual person and not a mannequin. However, it gives me the chance to practice how I would perform that service for another person and the changes I could make.
Cosmetology has taught me so much over the past 3 years. I am glad I took this class because it has prepared me for the future. It has been my favorite class and I look forward to learning something new everyday as I prepare for my future career.

Spider-Verse ensnares audience with web of creativity

High school, girls, and… radioactive spiders?! Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse contains drama, comedy, and amazing fight sequences that captivate its audience. Between the animation style and the ability to convey emotion, it is truly a masterpiece.  

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.

Oppressed by Taliban: One step forward, 20 years back

The unalienable rights, Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are said to be the rights nobody can take away, and considered the base level of  humanity. 

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.

Fashion, hair, style dominated by 80s influence, outspoken nature

The 80s, an enthralling time of fashion and big hair that ultimately defined a generation while it continues to influence current and future generations. Pop culture, specifically music, heavily influenced the fashion culture of that time period with idols like Madonna, Bon Jovi, and Cyndi Lauper who made everything larger than life.

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.

Disappointment over Super Bowl outcome

Super Bowl 2021 was trash. There’s no “nice way” to put it. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers went head-to-head against the Kansas City Chiefs for the Super Bowl Cup. While others may not have hated it as I had, there’s absolutely no way it was the best football game in the world.

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.

Women’s health should be an open discussion, not an issue of embarrassment, shame

Birth control can be seen as a good and a bad thing for women, as they have a variety of positive and negative side effects and stigmas that come along with them.

Swift climbs quickly to top of charts with re-recorded album

Very few artists manage to keep up with music trends and stay relevant, but since her debut in 2006, Taylor Swift has managed to redefine herself as an artist across multiple genres, while breaking numerous records along the way.

Role of parents important to child’s development

My parents are two of the most important people in my life. They have always been there for me. They’re not perfect, but they try to make the right decisions, and whenever they do make a mistake, they do their best to correct it.

Weather impacts feelings of depression

Some people look forward to cloudy and rainy days, they feel they offer fun and excitement, and give them the opportunity to play in the rain, splash around in puddles, or just stay in and watch movies. Unfortunately for me, the gloomy weather has a negative effect on my mood and makes me sulk in a melancholy mood, waiting for the sun to come out again.

Webtoon transitions to live action drama, delighting fans

‘True Beauty’, one of the most anticipated and well rounded series that was originally a drawn out Webtoon comic series created by user Yaongyi, or Kim Nayoung, has taken the attention of avid drama watchers all across the globe by storm.    

With the release of the 2021 Korean drama version of the story, famous cast members, and dynamic plotline, the producers definitely knew what they were doing when they bought rights to film this project.

Anime enters mainstream after spending years on the fringe of culture

Anime has begun to gain popularity, and for good reasons. People are starting to recognize the interesting characters and amazing storylines. I haven’t seen many because I only watched my first anime this summer. So far, I like what I’ve seen.

Marvel has Vision of the future of the MCU

Spoilers for everything pre WandaVision but no spoilers for the actual show.

If you’ve ever picked up an issue of the Norseman, you may have noticed my never ending ensemble of Marvel themed articles. From movie reviews to all out praise, I have covered nearly every Marvel movie to air over the past two and a half years. But this is something different, not a movie, but a new door into the Marvel universe.

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.

Every piece fell into place: Resurgence of chess fueled through online access, media, celebrities

2021 has been an unpredictable year. With the storming of the capitol, the business about the vaccine, Zack Snyder’s Justice League cut actually being good, lots of things happened that not many people expected. One surprise in particular is the popularization and resurgence of a certain game of wits.

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.

Snowpocalypse impacts entire state, safety measures should be taken

Twenty-twenty was largely considered one of the worst years we’ve faced as a country in a long time. Heading into 2021, many people were hoping things would return to normal. However, in Texas, we were met with yet another disaster when a large cold front blew in and devastated the state as a whole.

Boyband creates album with personally written, produced music

This summer, the boyband Why Don’t We was scheduled to record yet another album of songs written by other people, but luckily, Corona got in the way of that.

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.

Classic series captures commonality through core themes

From his home in the Shire to the fires of Mount Doom, Frodo embarks on a perilous quest to destroy the One Ring. The Lord of the Rings, my favorite fantasy series, describes this quest to bring about the end of the evil Lord Sauron, the tyrant of Middle-Earth. The story is full of heroes and their courageous deeds. These books share powerful messages of bravery, hope, and sacrifice.

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.

Realistic characters make 90s movie still relevant

Boyz n the Hood is a movie about a group of friends growing up in the LA projects. The film sheds light on the struggles of minorities in the lower class. It is interesting to watch them grow and see the kind of people they turn into, Doughboy in particular.

Just like we like it: Whataburger fills void, completes soul as Texas icon

Whataburger is a Texas icon. It’s a place to go hang out after Friday-night-lights, during road trips, and when you just want to have some good food. Unlike other fast food restaurants, Whataburger serves quality food for a price that is a bit higher than most fast food places.

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.

American actress uses platform to combat negatives self-image

Jameela Jamil is most known for her role on the American television series “The Good Place”, but her accomplishments reach much further than just her TV roles. She has used her fame and well-known voice from her acting career to become an activist and speak out on many topics, especially body positivity.

Underappreciated: Teenagers should value mothers more

Trying to find your place in high school is difficult, especially when you’re trying to “fit in.” Once students enter high school, no matter what clique they fall into, it is frequently an accepted fact that your mom is no longer cool. If a kid would rather stay at home and spend quality time with their mom it’s considered lame. In reality most moms put so much effort into making sure their children are happy, but that goes unnoticed within most families until much later in life. We all need to find a way to see how much our moms really do for us and show them a little appreciation every now and then.

Dramas cross cultural lines to entertain, fascinate

Korean and Chinese dramas get a lot of hate from the American population, but it doesn’t really make sense why. (Asian dramas do not deserve all of the hate they receive and are fascinating.)

How to write right: Developing characters creates memorable stories

I will admit, I’m no god when it comes to writing. I often have trouble starting or continuing to write projects, as the ideas I get excited about are many and frequent. There are some advantages to thinking of many ideas instead of focusing on a single one, though. Not only is there an audience for shorter stories that don’t take much commitment to read, but any one of those ideas could be fleshed out at any point. The most prominent reason I prefer short stories, though, is that any character I make, for any story, can be reused in a different story without too much effort.

Sunday night football looks different in face of pandemic

With COVID-19 still looming, many sports programs have been forced to change their way of thinking. The NFL decided to adapt strict guidelines to ensure players had lower chances of contracting the virus.

Adventure is waiting: Tasting new foods opens mind to experiences

I know a lot of people that are picky eaters, and I just don’t understand their mindset. How can you be handed a delicious plate of calamari and turn it away? I don’t think anyone can say that they don’t like a food until they’ve tried it. There are foods that I have tried and disliked, but I tried it at least once. More often than not, I really like the food and wish I could have had more.

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.

Super Mario movie 1-ups competition as classic video game crossover

Even though the Super Mario Bros franchise is one of the most well known video game series in the world, not everyone knows about the 1993 Super Mario Bros Movie, AKA, the greatest movie ever filmed. The acting, the plot, and movie scenes’ designs are all high quality.

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.

Swift sweeps audiences off their feet with new album

Taylor Swift lost a fan when she transitioned from country music to lovey-dovey pop songs, but she is winning me back over after listening to one of her songs on her latest album, Folklore. As soon as I heard one line from “Cardigan”, I was totally dragged into listening to the rest of the album and to give Swift a second chance.

America needs change: COVID-19 creates coin crisis

Several unfortunate events have occurred so far as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. From small businesses permanently shutting their doors to shortages of toilet paper and poultry, the economy has suffered greatly. Recently, another unexpected effect of the virus has arisen: a coin shortage.

Stan[d] out performance: Actor shines in action, drama, comedy movies

Out of all my favorite actors Sebastian Stan is at the top of my list. Sebastian Stan has appeared in over 30 movies, with his most famous including the Captain America trilogy and Endgame. In Captain America:Winter Soldier is set in the early 1940’s, following the plot line of WW2, with a little sci-fi/action twist.

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.

Streaming service sales soar: Disney+ appeals to old, new fans, finding its place in the market

With COVID-19 keeping us more confined to our homes than we have been in the past, many of us are looking for something new to watch. The huge library of movies and shows Disney+ offers is a great way for subscribers to pass the time while enjoying classic Disney movies or the hottest new shows on Disney+.

Quarantine Nostalgia: Childhood series gains new followers on Netflix, renews love in old fans

I have gotten a lot out of quarantine- both good and bad- but I think the most surprising thing that I have discovered (or rediscovered, I should say) is my love for the Avatar: The Last Airbender series. With a 100% score on Rotten Tomatoes, it is obvious that just about everyone shares the love that I have for this series, and there are so many reasons why. After being added on Netflix, I flew through the series in about three days.

Former Norseman staff member’s take on COVID-19: Robert Morgan – Class of 2015

My Loneliness Is (Not) Killing Me: Tips on Surviving Quarantine Wake up. Eat breakfast. Watch a home workout video on YouTube. Shower. Watch TV. Eat lunch. Watch the news. Freak out about the news. Scroll through Twitter. Watch Instagram stories. Eat dinner. Facetime friends. Watch TV. Go to bed. Rinse. Repeat. This is our new […]

Former Norseman staff member’s take on COVID-19: Alanis King – Class of 2014

Much of my daily routine hasn’t changed since the coronavirus pandemic began. I work from home aside from a few trips per year to the Business Insider newsroom in New York City, writing and editing stories with my cat in my lap and a robe tied around my waist.  Once the workday ends, not much […]

Former Norseman staff member’s take on COVID-19: John Fuller – Class of 2012

Life in New York is largely unrecognizable. For the first time, the subway is shut down overnight. Pools aren’t opening for the summer. Restaurants are boarded up. People with second homes have left the city. The Mayor has closed off many streets to cars, so that people can get out of their homes and exercise […]

Former Norseman staff member’s take on COVID-19: Emily Nash – Class of 2014

Life for anyone in the social work field is chaotic, but there’s never a dull moment. I’ve been a case manager at Meals on Wheels Central Texas for almost two years. My day to day at Meals on Wheels looks something like this: go into the office in the mornings to do paperwork and return […]

Former Norseman staff member’s take on COVID-19: Andy Ramirez – Class of 2015

Close your eyes and try to imagine the most crowded room you’ve ever been in. What do you see? Perhaps you’re picturing a crowded church on a Sunday morning, or that midnight premiere of your favorite movie franchise reboot. Maybe you’re hearing the crowd roar as your favorite singer takes the stage of a packed […]

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.

A letter to future historians about COVID-19

Dear Future Historian,
If, for some reason, you are searching for evidence of what it was like for the average person during the COVID-19 lockdown and you have stumbled across this article, let me tell you some things that will make your job a little easier.

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.

Letters from the heart: Newspaper staff forms bonds with 18+ program students

The art of writing letters has been replaced by grammatically lacking text messages and snapchat videos. Society uses phones and email to send a message in mere seconds. For the students in the 18+ program, which helps students continue to learn life skills after they graduate from high school through the special education department, experiencing the same social interactions that other students do can sometimes be difficult.