Auto technology students advance to state in Skills USA competition

The Skills USA Auto Technology Team competed at the district meet at Lamar University in Beaumont.

Hunger Games leaves fans craving more

It seems like you run into something about The Hunger Games everywhere, whether you’re on Pinterest, Facebook, or any other media site.

Choir solo and ensemble students earn high marks

The choir participated in the UIL Solo and Ensemble last week. Over 120 students competed and many came out with division 1 and 2 ratings.

Color guard earns spot as finalist

The color guard competed in a preliminary competition at the Winter Guard International Austin Regional on Saturday at Lehman High School where they earned a spot in the finals competition held that evening. This is the fourth year in a row that the team has been an Austin Regional finalist.

Balfour representatives to take orders Friday

Balfour Representatives will be on campus Friday during all lunches in the Blue Commons to take orders for Caps & Gowns and Invitations.

Student shows off musical abilities

Ever heard of a one-man band? Senior Jonathan Davilla is that person, as he plays several different instruments, including the violin, cello, piano, and guitar.

Shy-Annes shine at competition

Last weekend the Shy-Annes competed in their first dance contest of the season winning 3rd place overall.

Lady Viking softball season begins 2-0

The softball girls defeated #20 Los Fresnos 6-1 during tournament play Thursday.

Phony Photographers Be Gone!

With the recent advances in technology, just about every phone has one thing on it: a camera. This gives anyone the chance to freeze a moment in time simply by pushing a button.

46 years and counting; a legacy of excellence

As generations of students move through the halls of Bryan High, one teacher has been there through it all; Coach Rose Gregg. For 46 years, Gregg has continued to push students for excellence.

Holiday Feature: Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day

Jr/Sr Powderpuff game set for March

The junior/senior 2012 Powder Puff game will be held Thurs., March 1.

Student transfer window open

The opportunity for parents to request a student transfer for the 2012-2013 school year is now open.

Parent Night to be held Feb 21 and 23

Students and parents are invited to attend Parent Night to learn about academic and extra-curricular options for students, as well as learning more about the course-selection process. Tuesday, February 21st is the Parent Night for incoming 9th grade families.Thursday, February 23rd is the Parent Night for current BHS families who have students that will be in grades 10-12 next year.

These events will take place in the Silver Cafeteria from 6:00-7:30pm.

Senior wrestlers state bound

Seniors David Jones and Laura Hawk qualified for state by winning their divisions Saturday at the regional meet.

Limiting letter jackets to exclude nonscholastic sports, unfair

At the beginning of freshman year, there’s a host of experiences and traditions incoming students look forward to like homecoming mums, spirit days, prom and letterman jackets.

Wrestling advances nine to region

The boys’ wrestling team finished in second place with 154 point at the District 25 meet Saturday, Feb 4. The girls team finished fifth with 38 points. Nine Vikings qualified to move forward and compete at regional.

Fine Arts puts on a wicked rendition of classic musical

The Wizard of Oz, a classic American cultural entity, is cherished by children and adults across the country–and messing with something so treasured is always a risk.

Still, the risk paid off for the Fine Arts department over the weekend as they performed their interpretation of The Wizard of Oz to an audience that was left both delighted and fulfilled.

Potter spellbinds Cullen’s bite

The Twilight Saga has become one of the most well-known phenomenons among pre-teens since it’s big-screen premiere on November 21, 2008. Since then, it’s been difficult to go a day without hearing the names Edward Cullen, Bella Swan and Jacob Black. Yet, these people are insane to believe that Twilight is on the same level as one of the greatest book/movie adaptions of all time – Harry Potter.

Shy-Annes move into competition season

Students interested in trying out for the Shy-Anne Dance/Drill team can attend a meeting that will showcase the high energy contest routines on Feb. 8th in Gym 3 from 5:00-6:00.

Prevent teen suicide; add light, not darkness

Seth Walsh, 13, attempted to take his life on September 19, 2010. He was found by his mother hanging from a tree in their backyard, and was on life support for ten days. He had tried to take his own life because of the constant bullying he endured at school for being openly gay. Even before coming out he was called derogatory names and had to be home schooled on two seperate accounts.

Takin’ it to the hoop

ESPN is a fixture in most households across the nation, but few viewers have the chance to personally know the athletes featured on the television channel.

Bryan High students are an exception, as senior J-Mychal Reese has not only been featured on ESPN, but in numerous sporting publications and scouting organizations for his success in basketball.

In fact, ranked Reese as their No. 28 prospect nation-wide for high school basketball players overall.

Legalization of Marijuana Debate: Against

Marijuana legalization is a topic that has been debated for years now. No matter what you say, or do there are people who will always argue with you till the end. The surprising thing to most people is where I stand on the issue.

Legalization of Marijuana Debate: For

The legalization or banning of various substances is based on the harm they could cause to people who use them. Marijuana being the most used of these substances, and the cause millions of arrests and thousands of hours of police time being wasted.

Fine arts department to provide twist on old classic

On Feb. 3, 4 and 6, the fine arts department will showcase their production of The Wizard of Oz, but with a new twist. Countless hours of rehearsal and preparation have gone into this year’s production, and the audience can look forward to a unique rendition of the show they know and love.

National signing day

Four seniors signed to play football with junior colleges Feb. 1.

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Local food movement takes root

Food. Fruits. Vegetables.

It’s grown by hardworking men and women on farms that blanket the American countryside; where the agrarian roots are more than skin-deep. Or is it?

Bowling Club starts up

In partnership with Grand Station Entertainment, the Bowling Club at Bryan High has formed to compete against corresponding teams at A&M Consolidated and Rudder. Practices began January 17 at Grand Station at 4:00 P.M.

Family overcrowded, under inspection

The Duggar family has 19 children and one on the way, 7.6 times the average family.

Color Guard competes in first competition of the season

Congratulations to the color guard on a job well done Saturday, Jan. 28 at their first competition of the season. They attended the Texas Color Guard Circuit competition at Manor High School and placed 3rd out of about 10 teams from the Austin area in the Scholastic National A division.

Between the Lines: Never Let Me Go

You’d think these kids were just like anyone else in the world. They learn. They play. They engage in intimate conversations. They grow up and share feelings and emotions with each other.

Be the One: get up, get involved

Adults are constantly complaining about their jobs, but do nothing to look for a new one. They complain about the relationships that they are in, but do nothing to make them better. This pattern does not begin out of the blue, but seems to start in high school. Teenagers in the same sense, complain, but […]

Third 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.

The world according to Abel: My Daddy

It’s not uncommon for kids today to live with their struggling, single, mothers who are striving to make ends meet and pulling their hair out with stress. My single parent is not an out-of-control mother but a half-deaf, metal head that I call daddy.

A Message from the Principal…

We have completed the first semester of the 2011-2012 school year! As we begin our second semester we must continue to share with you what a rewarding experience this year has been! We have accomplished many things here at BRYAN HIGH SCHOOL this year!

Blinn information meeting set for Friday

On Friday Jan. 27 during all lunches, Blinn representatives will be presenting information to 12th graders on applying to Blinn and applying for scholarships in room 1200.

AcaDec team earns awards at regional meet

The AcaDec Team participated in the Academic Decathlon Regional Competition hosted at Porter High School Jan. 21-22. The team earned 32 Regional medals overall. Honors students: Senior Rebekah Morris – 3rd place in Super Quiz, 3rd place in Language Lit, 3rd place in Economics, 1st place Super Quiz Team Award, 6th place Regional Team Award, […]

Criminal Justice team successful at competition

The Criminal Justice team competed in the Texas Public Safety Association competition at Southside High School in San Antonio on Sat. Jan. 21.

Twilight fades into darkness with fourth movie

I walked into a field of beautiful flowers waiting for him to appear. I had seen him before. He was tall and had gorgeous hair that was at least three feet high…and he sparkled. Maybe that’s what made him look so greasy and in need of a shower.

Texas looks to the STAARs for new standardized test

Testing reminders and graduation requirement posters will be un-TAKed from walls all over campus over the next three years as the school begins to look to the STAARs for a new standardized testing requirement.

Effective for the Class of 2015, students will be tested using the STAAR, a system of end-of-course exams for students’ core classes, instead of the previously administered TAKS exam.

Band pierces through veiled emotions

In 2006, after several failed attempts at a band, Pierce the Veil was formed by brothers Mike and Vic Fuentes along with Jaime Preciado and Tony Perry. Over the last few years, the band has gained a lot of positive attention by being featured in Warped Tour and countless articles and interviews. They are known […]

Locking up the basics for a career in criminal justice

There’s blood spattered on the wall with evidence everywhere and police sirens are blaring in the background. To address these violent scenes, police everywhere hire specialists to solve brutal crimes every day with forensic science. There’s a class at Bryan High to prepare you for that.

NSBE to hold first meeting

Students who are interested in engineering, math and science are encouraged to join the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) on Jan 24 at 4:00 or Jan 25 at 8:00 in room 3238.

Refreshments will be served at all after school meetings. All students welcome regardless of race.

Coffee Party: Because we all need an ‘occupation’

This year, we saw the world give birth to a festive new street tradition in which hundreds of people throughout the nation camped out in their downtown streets and parks. They may look like they’re having fun with their street dancers and Guy Fawkes masks, but these campers are serious business. After all, they’ve finally found something to do with their lives! They’re occupiers and this is their occupation.

Musical tickets on sale now

Tickets for the Fine Arts department’s spring musical, The Wizard of Oz, are on sale now. The show will be from February 3 – 6 at the Bryan Civic Auditorium.

Pre-sale tickets cost $7 for students and $10 for adults. All tickets are $12 at the door. Tickets can be purchased from any cast or crew member, or in the Choir room.

Senior Presentation Meeting, Balfour on Campus

Graduation is approaching for the Class of 2012 and a Senior Presentation meeting will be hosted by Balfour on January 26 in the large auditorium at 8:00 AM. The meeting will provide students with information regarding graduation caps, gowns and senior invitations.

Balfour representatives will be available to take any questions regarding the graduation process.

Helping students find inner beauty

Do you ever have those days when you wake up, look in the mirror and want to cry? Maybe your hair is a little frizzy, you’re breaking out, or you’ve got dark circles under your eyes from staying up late studying.

Mens Soccer wins first tournament

After defeating Humble Summer Creek 3-0, the Boys Soccer team took the championship title of the Willis Kat Cup soccer tournament on January 14.

Vikings place at Academic UIL meet

The Academic UIL team competed in the Midway Invitational on January 14, with the journalism team taking home 1st place honors.

Junior Jenna Williams placed 6th in Computer Applications. Senior John Fuller placed 1st in Headline Writing, 1st in Editorial Writing, 2nd in News Writing, and 3rd in Feature Writing. Sophomore Emily Nash placed 1st in Feature Writing and 6th in Headline Writing. Sophomore Eva Araujo placed 6th in Feature Writing.

People need a NEW years resolution

The start of a new year brings many new things and making new years resolutions is one of those new things that excites people.

Lady Vikes come home victorious

The Lady Vikings began their season as undefeated tournament champions after winning 5-0 against Travis, 3-0 against Reagan, 5-0 against Crockett, Akins 3-0 and Lanier 2-0, never allowing a goal for the entire tournament.

Last chance for senior pictures

Photo Texas Photography will be on campus, in room 6158, on Thursday, Jan. 19 for senior pictures. This will be the final opportunity for seniors to take a picture for the yearbook. All senior students who have not taken a picture should receive notification of their time slot before Thursday. If they do not receive […]

Read Between the Lines: The Bell Jar

In high school, teenagers frequently feel as though it’s impossible to uphold a perfect life. They look at each other and wonder how some teens can have it all together, considering how tough high school is. What they may not realize is that things aren’t always perfect beneath the surface.

Student Council helps prevent bullying

Over the years bullying has taken a backseat to other issues. For many people, they see bullying as a problem of the past, when kids got in school

Plugged In: Personal Devices on Campus

It’s clear that students have become more accustomed and efficient with technology then ever before. Computers, smart phones and tablets are consistently used by students at home to do their homework and stay organized with their schoolwork. Yet, these devices are banned from the very place that’s supposed to promote learning and productivity. Of course, […]

Color Guard to hold pancake breakfast Saturday

The Color Guard is having their annual pancake breakfast fundraiser this Saturday, January 14 from 8:00-11:30 am in the silver campus cafeteria. Tickets are $7 (all you can eat pancakes) and are available now or at the door. To go plates are available!

The students will be doing live performances while you eat.

Cheerleaders compete at NCA National Championship

In the intermediate division of the National Cheerleaders Association Competition, the Bryan High Blue Team placed 11th, with the Bryan High Silver Team taking 6th place in the novice division. The silver time also won the “Most Innovative Choreography Award.”

Capturing hearts, minds of students by sculpting relationships

A photograph. A moment frozen in time. A memory captured and preserved in tiny megapixels. Photography is just a a hobby for some, but for art teacher John Burrows photography is a passion.

Scholarship and College Workshop for Gear Up Families

Gear Up will be hosting a Scholarship and College Workshop for students interested in attending college or a technical school on January 19 from 5:00 to 8:00 P.M. at Jane Long Middle School.

Additionally, Gear Up will be hosting another college preparation session on January 30 at 5:30 P.M. at the Rudder High School Presentation Room. This session will feature Edward Tarleton and address course management advice, college preparation tips, college application process, graduate school options, graduate school essay strategies and graduate school interview guidelines.

Video game creates world of escape, adventure

The Elder Scrolls franchise has been around for years, but only in recent years has it gained national acclaim and a larger base of players. The last two installments of the series were somewhat popular, but Skyrim represents the birth of a new generation of players who are ready to enjoy one of the best games created in the last decade.

Student excels at Choir All-State competition

Senior Landon McGee has received the highest honor possible for a Texas music student. He placed 5th in the Tenor 2 section and will join with other musicians across the state for three days of rehearsal (February 8-10) culminating in an All-State Choir performance February 11 in San Antonio, TX.

Guard brings color to performances

Every Friday night the Guard adds color to the football field with the marching band, but their year doesn’t end with football season. While the Color Guard is mainly known as an addition to the Friday night football experience, their expertise extends past the lines of school spirit, as they participate in Winter Guard also.

Coffee Party: 2012 and……the new world order

The Mayans may have not been so crazy after all. December 2012, the predicted date of the world’s demise, is inching closer and closer. While the rapture may not be as imminent, it’s clear that 2012 really will usher in a different world than we’ve ever known before.

It seems fitting that 2011, a year that began with the Egyptian Revolution and Arab Spring, ended with the Russian winter, as thousands of Russians stormed the Kremlin this month in protest of Vladimir Putin’s corrupt government.

School Board approves new grading guidelines

At a regular meeting on December 12, the School Board issued their new grading guidelines in response to the new state testing requirements with the EOC/STAAR exams.

Among the new changes, the guidelines now dictate that teachers must enter at least two daily grades per week and have at least two major grades entered by the fifth week of the six weeks grading period. Other changes include the number of exemptions students may apply for in high school. Students will not be allowed to exempt any EOC-tested exam.

Holiday Feature: Merry Christmas

Be the One: show some respect

Students yelling at teachers has bec ome a familiar sight on campus. Whether it’s something as trivial as a dress code violation or as minor as a late assignment, these students are not afraid to be disrespectful to their teachers by raising their voices and exerting an insane amount of emotion.

These students seeem to be demanding respect and to be treated as adults by the teachers, yet they are not showing respect nor mature behavior.

Choir serves, serenades audience for night of splendor

The mood for Feast Of Carols was set as soon as you entered the door. It was as if someone sent you back a couple hundred years and you landed in Medieval Times. Knights stood all around, along with court jesters, lords and ladies lining the halls and ushering you forward.

Final Exams: Review to pursue your dreams

As the winter season progresses and the long awaited Christmas holiday becomes closer and closer, our minds are bombarded with final exams even more than before. Though it may seem like “some test” we take at the end of each semester, in reality, it is much more than that. Final exams can be the one test that bump you up in your class rank, or in the worst case scenario, fail you for the semester.

Chick-fil-A Contest: Win free Chick-Fil-A

Any current Bryan High student who follows @bhsnorseman on twitter or likes BryanISDBryanHighNorseman on Facebook between Dec. 8 – Dec. 14 can pick up a card for a free chick strip 3 pack. Prizes must be claimed with Mrs. Dominy in room 6160 by Dec. 15 and coupons expire Dec. 31. For all the fans already following us, you can win a coupon too! Just get a friend to follow us and mention your name in a tweet or Facebook message as the person who referred them to the page.

Band competes in All-Region Contest

TMEA Region 8 All Region Band auditions were held on Saturday, December 3 at Midway HS. They will perform in concert on January 14, 2012 at Copperas Cove HS. These students earned chairs in the band. They are listed by instrument and their ranking within the region. Those with “5A Area” after their names also advance to the Area Band audition on January 7, 2012 where they will compete for All State honors.

Movie portrays unique vantage point to French hierarchy

These are the famous words the frequently criticized last queen of France, Marie Antoinette. In history classes, we are simply taught that she was an ignorant and wasteful ruler with a poor understanding of the lives of commoners in France. What about her side of the story?

Preparing for the end of the semester

Our first semester of the school year is coming to an end in the next few weeks. As we look to the end of the semester, we will be preparing for the final exams to be given December 14th through the 16th.

Teacher mixes wit into curriculum

Throw in a touch of dry wit, a dollop of hard work and bake…for 9,405 minutes. The result? Department Chair Lisa Prejean’s English classes.

Color Guard to host winter show

Performing “Winter Wonderland,” the Color Guard will be performing at their winter show on December 17 at 7:00 at the Rudder HS Auditorium. Tickets are on-sale now for $3 and will cost $5 at the door.

DJ Diversity: Old radio with a contemporary twist

As teenagers, our mind is a constant whirlwind of what to do and how to entertain ourselves. One thing that always seems to be the solution to this frequent problem is music. If you have not already noticed, most of the time you are hanging out with your usual clan, chances are you guys will be listening to the new “hot jam” or a legendary classic.

Though many of us find music as an ordinary enjoyment, I feel that we don’t have a variety to listen to. For most people, their music source is normally the radio. As for the radio, there are more ‘cons’ than ‘pros’ when you listen to it.

Academic UIL attends first meet

Over the weekend, the Academic UIL students attended their first meet of the year at the Belton Invitational. The Journalism, Current Issues & Events and Computer Science teams each came away with first-place titles.

Athlete makes fastbreak on court, in classrooms

Mastering the ability to balance commitment to a team, along with remaining dedicated to school is something many of us see as nearly impossible. One student, senior Khadijah Brisby, manages to execute the two seamlessly.

Second Six Weeks Honor Roll

The extended honor roll for the second 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.

Like Clockwork: Office personnel

Many students have proudly walked these halls as Vikings, but upon graduation, most of them move away from high school, leaving their teen years as memories to merely reminisce over. Some, however, get the opportunity to experience the other side of high school and continue to be a daily part of the Viking family.

AVID taking applications until December 6

Students who are interested in going to college after high school and are willing to take higher-level classes are encouraged to apply for the AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) program.

The world according to Abel: In 25 years

Twenty-five years ago, my dad was a senior here. Twenty-five years later, I’m now a senior too. When my dad’s twenty-fifth class reunion came around and he took me with him, it was a scary eye-opener for me. As I met some of my dad’s old friends, I couldn’t help but think about myself in his place twenty-five years from now.

Students set sights on sky

Then you hear the sound of shotguns firing and a sudden crash of shattering clay. This might be a frightening experience to some, but to competitive skeet shooters, this is just a typical practice.

Shop with Kroger, contribute to the PTSO

Students, Parents, Teachers and Community Members can now donate to the PTSO by using their Kroger Plus cards via the Kroger Neighbor to Neighbor Program. After linking one’s Kroger Card to the Neighbor to Neighbor program, a portion of the purchases made will be contributed to a fund that later distributes money to the PTSO.

Tennis star ‘serves’ others

To some, tennis is just a hobby or a sport, played just to exercise. But that’s not the case for one particular senior mixed-doubles tennis player.

Sophomore Class meetings held on Wednesdays

The Sophomore Class Council, which plans and hosts the Sadie Hawkins dance, will meet each Wednesday after school in room 2223 from 3:45 to 4:05 after school. The Class of 2014 will also plan associated fundraisers to prepare for Sadie Hawkins, and can address other concerns that the Sophomore Class may have.

GO Center provides scholarship, application aid

Life after high school may be a daunting question for anyone, luckily there is a place for the questions to be answered. The GO Center is a place for students to go to plan for college and career fields that they may be interested in pursuing.

FFA fundraises for ‘Five Hundred in Five Days’

During this week, the FFA and Agriculture Department will be collecting money for the Radio MASH effort with the goal of raising five hundred dollars throughout the week.

FFA members will be collecting money at lunches and is accepting donations throughout the week.

Long-sleeve Go Big Blue t-shirts and sweatshirts on sale now

The PTSO began selling this year’s long-sleeved Go Big Blue T-Shirts and Sweatshirts in purple, hot pink and gray on November 18 during all lunches. Sweatshirts are on sale for $20 each, with long-sleeved T-Shirts on sale for $12 each.

Consider power of words when speaking

We hear it everywhere we go. Countless times in the hallway, in the classrooms and maybe even at home, it’s frequently heard. Do you know what I’m talking about? Cursing.

Varsity Boys Basketball falls to Stoney Point

Playing at home last night, the Viking Basketball team fell to Stony Point with a final score of 67-35.

Holiday Feature: Happy Thanksgiving

“In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast that is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies. For more than two centuries, days of thanksgiving were celebrated by individual colonies and states. It wasn’t until 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, that President […]

Like Clockwork: Cafeteria personnel

If a small child asked “What is a lunch lady?”, the initial response would probably be, “they’re the ones that serve people food in cafeterias.”

However, this is only one of the many tasks they do. So much more goes on behind the scenes that students don’t think about.

ASVAB tests students for career aptitude

The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery is an exam that students may take to measure their strengths, weaknesses and potential for future success. ASVAB is provided by the military, and testing will occur on December 6 at 8:15.

Students who are interested in taking the exam should sign up in the GO Center by November 30.