Volume 40 Number 1

Published on October 12, 2010 by the Bryan High School Norseman in Bryan, Texas. To zoom in or magnify, please use the toolbar at the bottom of the viewing window

Musical comeback, high school sing-along success

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

Pretty Little Liars embody some Big Ugly Secrets

Pretty Little Liars, a best selling book by Sara Shepards, jumped to the small screen this year when it turned into a popular television series on ABC Family.

‘Lookin’ like a fool’ with your pants on ground: derriere dilemma

After a Georgian assembly passed a law that regards the wearing of baggy pants as indecent exposure, the debate as been set afire as to whether or not the use of saggy britches is appropriate.

High school on a budget: Cutting cost for clothing

Most teenagers both need and want clothes. People like to look nice, stylish, and up to date with the current ins and outs of fashion.

Maintaining your wardrobe can be expensive, especially if you enjoy particular (and pricey) brands. Back to school shopping can cost the typical high school students anywhere from $100 to $500.

Offensive lineman role model on, off field

The sound of the crowd is deafening as the Friday night lights shine down on the field. Along the sideline, the players wait their turn to enter the game and prove themselves among their peers.

High school football is not just a past time or a sport; it’s a way of life. It is through this way of life that a young man will sometimes rise to the occasion and really excel as a leader.

Golfers prepare for season

For many Viking athletes, golf is a fun and engaging activity that also serves as a stress reliever.

Senior Matthew Wilkinson has been involved with the golf program since his freshman year.

“I have fun doing it,” Wilkinson said. “It’s something I enjoy.”

Keeping pace, students make strides

Whether it is for exercise or for other self-motivated reasons, many students are active members of the cross-country team, even if that means having to deal with the difficulty of being at school to run at 7:30 each morning.

Cross-country is a one-event sport in which the girls run 2 miles and the boys run 3.1 miles. Practices frequently push further, going up to 4.5 miles.

What about off-campus lunch?

Even though Bryan High has been a closed campus for over fifteen years, many students don’t know why they are not allowed to leave campus for lunch.

For the administration, safety is one of the main priorities in maintaining a closed campus.

‘The Skinny’ on school nutrition

When asked what their favorite class of the day is, plenty of students would undoubtedly answer, “Lunch!”. Yet, how many students know what goes into making a daily meal in the school cafeteria?

Starting at 6:30 in the morning, cafeteria workers begin arriving to start preparing for the day’s meals.

MAKING ‘CENTS’ OF CHANGING ECONOMIES: School makes substantial cutbacks

After December 2007, when a national recession was declared by the National Bureau of Economic Research, state and federal budgets have been under intense scrutiny.

A central aspect of the state’s budget that is being considered for budgetary cuts is the education system.

Learning to teach: class, club prepare future teachers

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

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

Curtain rises on first act of performing season

As the weekend nears, the theater department is preparing for its first show of the year. Dearly Departed will debut this Friday, Oct. 15 in the Black Box Theater.

David Bottrell and Jesse Jones’ Dearly Departed is set somewhere south of the Mason Dixon Line. It tells the story of Bud Turpin’s funeral and its aftermath.

‘Tackle for a Cure’ promotes cancer awareness

Thirty years ago, people affected by breast cancer had a less than twenty-five percent chance of surviving. Those chances have now increased to over seventy-five percent, but researchers are still striving to push the survival rate even higher.

Student council is trying to aid in that process by selling pink t-shirts in support of breast cancer research. The “Pink Out” game will be held on October 22 when the Vikings play Harker Heights.

Inaugural Fish Camp promotes pride, awarness

From finding your classes and meeting new people, to fitting in and getting used to more homework, the transition from middle school to high school is a big change.

This year, student council worked to make that transition a little easier for incoming freshmen by hosting the first Viking Fish Camp.

On a Budget: Shopping for Clothes

Most teenagers both need and want clothes. People like to look nice, stylish, and up to date with the current ins and outs of fashion. Maintaining your wardrobe can be expensive, especially if you enjoy particular (and pricey) brands, for back to school shopping can cost the typical high school students anywhere from $100 to $500. This is a pretty ridiculous amount of money to spend on clothes. With stores prices seeming to only increase, what can you do though to save money, yet still get your shopping fix?

Learning to teach: class, club prepare future teachers

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

Hide ya kids, hide ya wife: zombies are coming

If you’re a big gamer, or just a nerd like me, chances are you’ve heard about “that one zombie movie” that came out in September. Yes, Resident Evil, the infamous video game turned movie hit the big screen with Resident Evil: Afterlife.

Changing images: New series helps boost self-esteem

Teenagers face pressures to fit in, and whether they like it or not, they are labeled by the way they dress, the way they act and who they hang out with.

MTVs hit new show, If you Really Knew Me, focuses on bringing different people from diverse cliques together through a program known as “Challenge Day”.

Making Music: Students pursue creative passions, compose musical masterpieces

For many students, high school is the time to seek out their passions, and for the musically-inclined, this means performing in student bands.

While Bryan High sponsors several musically-oriented organizations, many students continue their education by recording, performing, and writing music on their own with their peers.

Students score strong despite TEA rating

After the Texas Education Agency (TEA) released their annual school ratings, an inaccurate picture was garnered regarding the success of students due to the “unacceptable” rating awarded to BHS.

However, administrators are extremely pleased with the performance of students on the most recent TAKS test.

Former student leads school in safety, spirit

Hearing “Football Tickeeets!” brings one thing to mind for faculty members, students and former students of Bryan High: Lester Banks.

He is as much a part of Viking life as senior overalls, pep-rallies and Thor.

Student delivers one, two punch in ring, classroom

While most students try to knock out homework after school, senior Nayeli Lugo is in the ring trying to knock out her opponent.

Lugo, who has been boxing for three years, said it started off as just a fun work out routine.

Plugged In: Facebook Privacy

We’ve all sat through the lectures and heard the warnings about maintaining proper online privacy, like not giving out our address or phone number, but how many of us truly take steps to keep our information private?

All Grown Up: TV Shows

From Mr. Feeny, Cory and Topanga, to “The Situation”, TV shows just aren’t the same as they used to be.

The Friday night line up was full of family-friendly programming. How can you not love little Michelle on Full House, or the crazy but hilarious Cody on Step By Step and especially the ever awkward Steve Urkel?

Musical comeback, high school sing-along success

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

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

Pretty Little Liars; Big Ugly Secrets

Pretty Little Liars, a best selling book by Sara Shepards, jumped to the small screen this year when it turned into a popular television series on ABC Family.

Pretty Little Liars tells the story of four girls who deal with life after their best friend Ali dies. Emily, a swimmer, Hanna, a bad girl, Spencer, a scholar, and Aria, an artist, all start to become harassed by an anonymous source haunting them about their past secrets that only Ali knew. This source becomes known as “A”.

HOSA: Impacting community, fostering wellness

Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA) is the only club that’s available exclusively at Hammond Oliver (HO). Students enrolled in Health Science Technology classes at HO can join the organization which emphasizes service and career opportunities in health care.

As the holiday season approaches, HOSA students prepare for their many service projects and activities, including Halloween festivities.