Overcoming obstacles: Teacher turns tragedy into triumph

“My mom told them I would live,” world history teacher Patricia Bailey-Jones said. “She told me she didn’t believe God woke me up and brought me out of that burning house just to let me come to the hospital and die.”

Teacher hopes students act out in class

Many students spend their whole high school and college careers trying to figure out what they want to do with their life, but every once in a while a student knows the direction of their future early on. For theatre teacher Christopher Rogers, this was definitely the case.

Got pep? Be respectful even when not participating

In the gym,the football team runs through the gym doors to their chairs. Cheerleaders, Shy-Annes and Color Guard members show off their routines while the other students in the stands are cheering and shouting, showing their school spirit. Well maybe not everyone.

Overtesting leads to low performance

In high school, students are forced to take various standardized tests that supposedly gauge intelligence and skill.

Throughout the year, students take so many practice tests from release TAKS, to benchmarks, to field tests, that the testing becomes self-defeating.

Journalism student earns top honors

Senior John Fuller earned top honors by placing 1st in News Writing at the State UIL competition held at the University of Texas on Monday, May 21. Fuller also placed 2nd in Editorial Writing. His placings in those two events earned BHS the title of 2nd place journalism team.

Students earn awards at Global Issues Conference

The 2012 Student’s Global Issues Conference was held Thursday, May 3 at Rudder Auditorium on the campus of TAMU. Students were required to research a global topic and write a 100 word abstract, a 1000 word research paper complete with MLA Works Cited, and create a multimedia video as well. The following students earned awards […]

Lady Vike softball advances to region semifinals

The Lady Viking softball team advanced to their second consecutive region semifinals after defeating the Belton Lady Tigers in the Region II -5A Quarterfinals.

Because ‘YOLO’: Life should be lived, not wasted

Teenagers today feel that the only way to fit in with their peers is by doing what they think everyone else is doing: skipping school, doing drugs, having sex, attending wild parties, drinking, and anything else that may be considered reckless.

Two steps back, no leaps forward

In season one of Lifetime’s hit reality series, Dance Moms, I was invited to get a front row seat in my living room to watch the most talented dance students compete all across the nation. With prestigious awards and once in a lifetime auditions that the cast of Dance Moms in Pittsburgh received, I was expected Dance Moms: Miami, the newest addition of the show, to be the same. To my surprise, my assumption was wrong.

No room for rockstars: Warped Tour 2012

What started off as a showcase for punk rock music and a haven for misfit teens over
ten years ago has since evolved into a nationwide tour, featuring up and coming bands every year.

Answering the call: students pledge to serve, protect

In America, firefighters are responding to a calls every 23 seconds. Three-quarters of them are volunteers, risking their lives, to keep the rest of us safe. For seniors Corey Schultz and Tyler Smith, it is commonplace and a part of who they are.

Change your ways

There have been many changes in the general rules around this school, with the dress code being one of the most significant. The constant nagging of teachers for students to tuck in their shirts in the hallways and the dozens of students sent to SAC for an unshaven face. Seeing students being told to remove their headphones or lose them. While these rules had good intentions, they led to all the wrong results.

Player feels at home with family on the field

For Buxbaum, softball isn’t just a sport, it’s something that has been integrated into her family since before she was born.

Spring final exam schedule announced

Spring 2012 Final Exam Schedule

Annual physical day schedule for May 5

BISD’s annual physical day is Saturday, May 5. All athletes entering grades 7-12 will be required to have a new physical for the next school year before they will be allowed to participate in athletics.

Boys will be boys, but girls get to choose

Ladies, take a look at the man in your life. What do you see? When I look at my boyfriend, I see an “adorkable” guy that only has my best interests at heart. He cares for me and only wants me to be happy.

Newspaper staff earns 14 awards at state competition

Newspaper staff earns 14 awards at state ILPC competition.

Lady Vikes advance to second round of playoffs

The softball team defeated North Mesquite in two games to win the Bi-District Championship.

Students encouraged to prepare early for testing

For students, the junior and senior years are vital in starting to look at college they would like to attend in the future and applying to such colleges. Studying and working hard is something everyone has to do to get that desired score on their ACT and SAT exam.

The Coffee Party: Legality vs Morality

“Why not?” “Because I said so!”

I’m sure most of us have heard these words before, and if you were anything like me, you didn’t accept “Because I said so” as an actual reason not to do something. Yet, so many of us accept this excuse when it comes to the law.

Wise decisions lead to success

For most students, balancing different activities in and outside of school can be a challenge, but for senior Molly Wise, managing the load of academics, art, band and other activities isn’t a problem.

Softball team advances to post-season play

The Lady Viking softball team ended district with a 10-2 win against cross-town rival A&M Consolidated. The win also clinched a share of the district championship.

Adoption experience makes for better life

While many children came home to watch cartoons or play outside, senior Ana Meyer came home at age seven to meet her new parents for the first time. Meyer was adopted after spending several months in and out of foster care.

Journalism student advances to state competition

Senior John Fuller advanced to the state meet by placing 1st in Editorial Writing and 3rd in News Writing at the regional UIL meet in Waco on Saturday. State will be held at the University of Texas in Austin on May 21.

Project Graduation Tickets to go on Sale

Project Graduation is held each year at the Texas A&M Rec Center for current graduates on the night of graduation. The event will last from 11pm-5am on June 2, and students will not be readmitted if they leave.

Coffee Party: “The Fictitious War on Religion”

As Americans, we pride ourselves in our rights and freedoms that are endowed by our Creator and guaranteed in our stall worth constitution. Above all other rights, Americans have always treasured and valued the freedom of religion, as decreed in the First Amendment.

Color guard earns high award internationally

The color guard competed in the last week in Dayton, Ohio where they finished 12th place overall. Going into the competition, the color guard was ranked 24th in their division. They placed 1st in their group to advance through the preliminary round on Thursday, moving them to 16th place overall. They competed again on Friday […]

A Pennie Saved is a penny earned; student earns scholarship

It can be difficult for many students to adapt to the increasing pressures of academics coupled with athletic opportunity. Senior Shavon Pennie has not only adapted, but has also grown stronger from his effort.

ParentalStalkingBook violates privacy

As teenagers still living under our parents’ roof, finding a place to extend your social life online has become more and more difficult. One place where many of us decide to express our social lives is Facebook. With the accessibility of Facebook, we’re able to post statuses about our crazy weekend out with friends and pictures of us having a grand ‘ole time.

As Facebook’s popularity is sprouting and more people are creating accounts though, our privacy is going down, down, down. One specific group of people who ruins that for us. Who am I talking about? Well of course, the people we’re closest to -our very own parents.

Wrong kind of privacy

When you get a friend request on Facebook, you normally think that person is your friend, however, when your parents add you as a friend one would tend to feel as though their parents are trying to play a role that isn’t their place.

TAP program improves teacher, student advancement

The Teacher Advancement Program, TAP, focuses on teacher improvement in order to help students succeed in their classes. TAP has been implemented in other schools within Bryan ISD for years, and this past fall, the program was introduced at Bryan High.

Cap & Gown pick up in Blue Commons

The Balfour representatives will be in the Blue Commons to deliver cap and gowns and invitations during all lunches on April 19 and 20.

Students must bring the balance they owe for to collect their merchandise.

Self expression more than skin deep

Many people see their body as a haven for self expression, and a blank canvas. The choice to alter the way you look by getting a tattoo is a serious decision. In most cases, once done, it can’t be erased.

District FFA convention attendees earn honors

FFA members attended the District FFA convention on Monday, April 9 where sophomore Makayla Cruz was inducted as District Sentinel.

Band sings directly to the hearts of teens

One Direction is a British-Irish boy band from London, England that is made up of five guys: Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Niall Horan, and Louis Tomlinson.

AVID students awarded scholarships

Two AVID students, seniors Nicholas Anderson and Jade Love, were awarded the $20,000 scholarship through the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation’s Dell Scholarship Program.

Prom decoration meeting scheduled for Saturday

All juniors are invited to help with prom decorations on Saturday, April 14. Students will meet at the front of the Blue Campus at 8:30 am and are encouraged to bring family members or friends to help with the decorations.

Mixed doubles team advances to region

Senior Jacob Preston and junior Christine Ehresman qualified for the Region tournament by placing 2nd mixed doubles during the District tournament last week. They defeated Belton in a playback match.

Student skills rewarded with scholarships for baseball

The pitcher walks up to the mound feeling the weight of the ball in his hand. He takes a deep breath focusing in on his target. He tightens his grip on the ball, winds up, and releases. The catcher frames the pitch perfectly as the crowd waits to hear the umpire call strike three. Another win recorded and one step closer to the championship. It’s more than just a game, it is a part of who they are and a career path they look to explore.

World according to Abel:Relationships

A teenager’s first love is the greatest. When you think you’ve finally found a person you believe understands you and accepts you, it’s pure bliss. All the attention and acknowledgement you get from that person makes you so happy, but is this what love is? J

Softball improves to 9-1 in district

The softball team defeated Copperas Cove 10-0 at home on Thursday. With the win the Lady Vikings clinched a playoff spot. It is the 13th straight playoff appearance for the softball team. In the first inning the Lady Vikings scratched out a run when senior Meagan Kraatz scored on a ground-out by senior Kenna Buxbaum. […]

Spring Break trip provides cultural opportunity

For most high school students, spring break is a time to relax and hang out with friends. This year though, several students had the opportunity to visit foreign countries and learn about the culture and history of places like Greece and Italy.

EOC/TAKS tutorials available through departments

Science TAKS Tutorials will be offered each Monday and Wednesday after school from 4:00 pm – 4:50 pm in room 5240 during the month of April.

Parents, volunteers boost support for organizations

A booster club is a group of parents that works toward helping an organization fill gaps in their program. They provide support and help with fundraising so that an organization can get things that the district couldn’t otherwise afford.

Zumba brings fun to the gym

Are you looking for a new workout routine that will make you never want to leave the gym? Zumba, a popular workout routine that incorporates Latin dance moves with a core workout, is gaining popularity in gyms all across America.

Lady Vikes softball moves into first place in district

The softball team is now in sole possession of first place after Tuesday’s victory over Killeen Ellison, 4-2.

Color guard performance scheduled for Monday

The Color Guard will compete in the Winter Guard International World Championships competition next week in Dayton, Ohio.

Changing future by learning about past

While some teachers swear by textbook teaching and rote learning, others open up new avenues of communication in the classroom to reach their students. However history teacher Ruth Whiteley brings a fresh twist to usher the past into the present.

True to fashion, true to yourself

High school is the the place where teenagers discover who they are or who they want to be as a person. However, many teenagers are afraid of being

Student builds relationship while rebuilding car

Anyone can go to a mechanic to get a problem with their car fixed, but how many people can say they have re-built a car on their own? Senior Justice Martinez, with the help of her father, has rebuilt an old El Camino to running condition.

CATE department excels at SkillsUSA competition

Students from autotech, cosmetology, and A/V production competed in the state SkillsUSA events in Corpus Christi where their skills were tested against some of the best in the state.

Wrestlers standout at national tournament

Senior Laura Hawk and sophomore Jenna Goen traveled to Oklahoma City to compete in the USAW Girls High School National Championships.

Bad decisions influenced by poor friend choice

Distancing yourself from the wrong crowd may be hard for some people, but succeeding in life depends on taking the right path to obtain your goals. As much as people argue against it, your friends do define who you are and which path you take in life.

Lady Vikes move into tie for first

The Lady Viking softball team moved into a first place tie in district 12-5A with a pair of big victories Friday and Saturday.

Soccer player leads through example

High school is the time when most students explore what they want to do in their life and what they are good at. For senior Joey Wilder soccer plays a key role in who he is and what he is passionate about.

Staple items hold wardrobe together – Tops

Fashion is one of the easiest and exciting ways to express yourselves, whether you’re a teenager in high school or a middle-aged teacher with kids. What you decide to put on in the morning is part of how you are defined as a person.

Staple items hold wardrobe together – Bottoms

Now on to the bottom half of an outfit. Whether you like it or not, denim is a must have. Without explanation, jeans are probably the most practical clothing item found in one’s closet. However, jeans are frequently disliked because they’re perceived to be uncomfortable. Personally, I don’t think there’s a reason to blame jeans for this problem since there are so many different kinds. If your jeans are uncomfortable then you haven’t found the right pair yet, keep looking.

Styles may change, but standards should stay the same

Over time, things change – people change, feelings change, and customs change. One of these very much changed customs is respect.

Students compete at academic meet, journalism team advances to region

The UIL Academic District competition was held Saturday, March 24 at Belton High School.

Ready, Set, Teach prepares students for classroom

To some people, teaching seems to be just another profession that involves kids. For others, being a teacher isn’t just a job – it’s a commitment that takes patience, a passion for being with kids, and a love of teaching.

Fourth Six Weeks honor roll

The extended honor roll for the third six weeks has been released. The full listing of students who have made All As or All As and One B can be downloaded here.

Scholarly students finds success through music, academics

Most of us excel in at least one area of expertise, but there are those select few that go above and beyond, excelling in nearly everything they commit to. One such student is senior Landon McGee.

Softball swings big over Spring Break

The Lady Vikings are now 17-3, 4-1 in district.

Intramural competition scheduled

Students interesting in participating in the Intramural Tournament must submit their entries to Coach Rose Gregg or Lester Banks by March 30.

Fans stunt artists’ growth through selfish acts

Musicians have never been able to gain more exposure than now with the use of the internet. Websites and social networks such as YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr have made it possible for some artists to gain quick and widespread popularity.

Senior ads due Friday

Parents of seniors interested in reserving space in the 2012 yearbook must submit the ad form and money by Friday, March 23. The form can be downloaded by going to the yearbook web page. If you have any questions regarding the ad, please contact Rebecca Dominy at 209-2580 or via email at rebecca.dominy@bryanisd.org.

The world according to Abel: Secret Prison

Time after time, I think what’s the use?

How can anyone hear anything I say?

My voice shall fade away like everything else I thought this school meant to it’s students.

Stepping up for a team

Stepping up and starting an organization can take some effort, especially if you’re a student in high school, but senior Samantha Evans didn’t let that stop her.

Finding ‘direction:’ student pursues dreams, named to elite corps

All eyes are focused on one person standing tall and proud on the podium. Everyone is still and silent, waiting for the show to begin.

Lady Vikes softball swings into district with two shutouts

The varsity softball team opened district play with a 12-0 win over Belton in five innings. Senior Hannah Parker improved to 4-0 on the season giving up two singles and striking out six. In the first, junior Reagan Boenker started the scoring with a single to bring in senior Meagan Kraatz. Senior Kenna Buxbaum doubled […]

Teacher’s travels impact classroom

At an average high school, you may not expect to meet someone who’s traveled the world, but French teacher Tara Bailey takes her first-hand experiences from traveling and uses them to open her students’ eyes to the world.

Criminal justice student places at region event

Senior Corey Shultz placed second in the first responder category during the state Public Service Association Competition on Fri., March 2.

The Coffee Party: Three-Ring Primary

The circus is in town! Actually, the circus is in the state–10 states.

It’s Super Tuesday folks, and the spectacle that is the Republican Primary season has been nothing short of a Koch Bros. Circus.

AVID applications available

All freshmen are sophomores are invited to apply for the AVID program.

Drillteam and cheerleading more than sideline spirit

Football games are not the only spot where Shy-Annes and cheerleaders perform. Some may not know that these groups also participate in a spring competition season.

Broken vow disappoints movie goers

We’ve all seen the previews – our hearts melted, and we’ve been dying to see the movie ever since. If you felt this way about The Vow and haven’t seen it yet, lower your expectations.

Health occupation organization provides additional resources for students

Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA) is an organization focused on bringing students with an interest in the medical field together, by providing an opportunity to learn more about the medical practice.

Power lifters advance to region

Five power lifters qualified for the regional championships this weekend at Dripping Springs High School. The top two in each weight class advance to the state meet.

DJ Diversity: Singing to the wrong beat

Dubstep; One of yet another teenage trend that goes from being the hottest thing on the block to “those songs with weird beats”. Don’t get me wrong, dubstep is one of the greatest contemporary music genres of our time, but by incorporating it into practically every song that is released, its sacredness has gone to waste.

Princess Project provides prom dresses

The Princess Project of B/CS provides free prom dresses to juniors and seniors of the Brazos Valley that would otherwise not be able to attend their prom for financial reasons. There is no cost to the young ladies and the organization is supported 100% by donations for the community.

Soccer player kicks into gear on and off field

Discipline, leadership and determination are only a few qualities that make an athlete great. After years of playing soccer, junior Jaime Thompson has developed all of these characteristics and more.

Junior pen packets available for pick-up

Juniors can pick up their pen packets in Mrs. Holmes room, 5240. Packets are due back to Mrs. Holmes by Fri. May 9.

Graduation orders due by March 1

If graduating seniors have not ordered their graduation cap and gowns or invitations, please do so before March 1st.

Radcliffe’s new horror flick has no magic

After seeing the previews for Daniel Radcliffe’s newest film, I was anticipating how scary it would be. As a horror movie fanatic, I was excited and ready to be scared.

AP test registration open

Registration for Advanced Placement exams is Feb. 27 – March 7. Cash, checks, debit or credit cards are accepted. Checks should be made payable to Bryan High School.

Senior superlative forms to be handed out Wed.

Senior Superlative nomination forms will be handed out Wed. during English.

Softball finishes 3rd in weekend tournament

The varsity softball team competed in the Southlake Tournament and finished 3rd out 32 teams. The Lady Vikings finished with a 3-2 record for the weekend.

Orchestra performs in UIL contest

The orchestra had a strong showing and were awarded a two on stage and a one in sight reading.

Mural Club brings color to school

Whether students hope to be the next Picasso or can only draw a stick figure, everyone can find a place in mural club.

Wrestler remains undefeated to win gold

Seniors David Jones and Laura Hawk competed in the UIL State wrestling tournament this weekend.

Swimmer flies to gold at state

Senior Haley Clark competed in the UIL State swim meet this weekend in the 100 Fly and the 50 Free.

Swinging into a passion for golf

Checking the wind speed and direction, choosing the correct club, stepping up to the tee and swinging, hoping to make it to the green – those are just some of the steps junior Clayton Hudson goes through each time he steps on a golf course. For the past three years he has participated and excelled on the high school golf team.

Trend of being different makes hipster mainstream

Our surroundings have a big impact on us, and as a result, we think that we need to have what everyone around us has or we won’t fit in. As a kid, I wanted every new toy that came out just so I would fit in. Now it ironically seems that the one thing that everyone wants is to become “hipster”.

Art students win at VASE

Competing at the 2012 Visual Arts Scholastic Event at Conroe High School on February 11, 25 art students came away with 32 different medals.

Senior honored with rare privilege

Senior drum major Denzel Brown, was named Drum Major of The Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps.

Wrestlers take down opponents to advance to state

Your opponent has you in a headlock, and there seems to be no escape. Seconds are ticking away as time runs out. You think back to all your hard work; everything you have done to prepare for this moment. You get a rush of adrenaline and suddenly, you get them down on the ground, trapping them on the mat. It’s all over, the referee raises your hand, signifying that you won.

Softball dominates during local tournament

The varsity softball team won three games at the rain-shortened BCS Tournament.

AV production students advance to state in Skills USA competition

The Skills USA AV Production Team competed at the district meet at Lamar University in Beaumont.

Shy-Annes awarded for hard work

This weekend the Shy-Annes competed in their 2nd contest of the season walking away with numerous team, group, and individual awards.

FFA celbrates National FFA week

Local FFA members invite students to celebrate National FFA Week by joining in dress-up day activities and games to be held during all lunches.