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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jungle Jam: Nintendo character spittin’ hot bars

So the word on the street is that some fancy-schmancy song about existential crises in humans and puppets is “God’s greatest creation, praise be, praise be.” This is horrifically wrong.

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

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

Don’t poo poo poodles: Dog breed does not match stereotype

I never watched any sort of dog show until this year, so when I turned on the Westminster Dog Show this year, I was a little surprised myself. I caught it at the very end, where the judge decides which dog out of the six category winners is Best in Show. As a poodle owner, I was pleased when a standard poodle was chosen. Of course, all of the other dogs present were wonderful models of their breeds, and I wouldn’t have been upset had one of them won.

Identity crisis: Movie connects to viewers through moving musical number

Everyone has a favorite song. Whether it be rock, classical, or pop, when you ask someone to name their favorite song, they can name at least one.

Music to my ears: Playlists reflect mood, allow for deeper introspection

There are multiple emotions a person can feel while listening to music and each one connects to an individual emotional experience. Although some people have one playlist where they add all their favorite songs, I have eight different playlists depending on my mood. Songs in different emotions deserve to be put in different playlists rather than all of them being put into one to be the most effective.

A way to escape: Books provide whole new world open to imagination

After coming home from a long day, what is the first thing the average person does? Turn on the TV? Watch a movie? Play a video game, maybe? It seems books have been the odd man out for modern entertainment as very few people choose books over visual entertainment in today’s technology-centered environment.

March 19: Thoughts on Covid-19

The Norseman staff sent out a form for people to respond with their thoughts and feelings about what is going on in the community right now. We will post some of their thoughts each day to provide people with a better understanding about what people are thinking. Currently, over 200 people have responded and we will try to post each person’s thoughts on our web page. If you would like to contribute, please click the link here: https://forms.gle/WWs8dduUpCyZd9Za9

This is quarantMEAN: Don’t let social distancing make you sedentary

While we are all under Quarantine, here’s something for you to read.

Fast food provides value accessibility

Many students find it difficult to eat healthy, not because they don’t want to but because of the exorbitant prices of foods that are good for them.

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

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

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

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

Students recognized by local Daughters of the American Revolution chapter for essay contest

The Daughters of the American Revolution honor two students with awards for their essays in February.  Junior Jaci Siegert was honored by the chapter as the overall winner for the Christopher Columbus essay contest.  The contest was open to all students in grades nine through twelve and the prompt asked students to write an essay […]

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

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

One in a minion: Illumination falls flat after single successful movie

Animation studios are in a constant battle to get their movies the most attention from the public. Some studios never fail to provide a good movie for their intended audiences. Walt Disney, Pixar, and Dreamworks are all examples of studios that provide good movies quite frequently. On the other hand, Illumination is one of those studios that makes low quality movies just for profit. They don’t really care about making entertaining movies. They simply don’t care about their audience or movies as much as other studios do and primarily focus on marketing.

Student retains positive nature, sense of humor despite broken heart

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

Up in smoke: Marijuanas medicinal value outweighs societal stigma

There is a social stigma around marijuana, but that stigma is widely inaccurate and has created problems for those who need it to improve their quality of life on a day-to-day basis.

Mint condition: Girl Scout Cookies prove addictive, worth money

January is the best month of the year. I love the crisp cool air, the cute sweater outfits, and it’s National Soup Month, and who doesn’t love that. BUT, there is one thing that tops the air, sweaters, and yes, even soup. Three words: Girl Scout Cookies.

Just for kicks : Senior soccer player enjoys success on field

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

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

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

Electoral college embodies collage of America

Ah, 2020, the start of a new decade. The summer Olympics are set for Tokyo this year, and the United States has some strong athletes that the country should unify around. But never fear! The presidential election is here to rip that unity apart and destroy any semblance of camaraderie.

Class act: Theatre troupe advances 18 students to Nationals

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

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

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

Psychological diagnosis: TV show excels at creating intrigue through suspense, human behavior

Drama. Mystery. Thriller. My top three favorite genres of all time when it comes to entertainment, and combined together into one show, it’s nearly perfect. Criminal Minds captures all three of these genres which makes the show my favorite show of all time. The show is the right mix of intrigue and suspense.

Classic battle of good, evil mirrored in mixed emotional review of latest Star Wars movie

Overall, Disney has done a pretty decent job with the Star Wars franchise. The movies themselves are done well, and I find all of the Disney Star Wars movies enjoyable. The Rise of Skywalker was no exception, and through the first three quarters of the movie I was almost ready to say it was my favorite Star Wars movie in the sequel series…but of course, leave it to Disney to mess things up.

Get back in the box: Tips to help extroverts be more quiet and reserved

To all the extroverts out there, isn’t it hard always being the most outgoing and friendly person in the room? Do you ever sit at parties and think: “Wow, I just wish I wasn’t so good at talking?”

Gameboy bracket: Switch games put to test in tourney

There are over 2000 games on the Nintendo Switch, some better than others. Nintendo has put its best into making sure that only the highest quality of games get into their consumer’s hands. They’ve also flooded the e-shop with really bad, tiny games that cost way too much. So I’m going to look at 8 of their best and slap them into a randomly-generated tournament!

Senior tennis player pushes through pain to find success

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

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

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