Volume 48, No 3

Published on May 2019 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.

Softball team shows strength, stamina, support to earn second in district play

Underdogs are a part of what makes people love sports and this year, with a move to 6A, most teams found themselves in the underdog position. The softball team capitalized on their role as an underdog and showed the other teams what they were made of, earning second place in a highly competitive district before going on to be bi-district champions.

Staff recognizes inaugural Students of the Year

Eight students, one male and one female from each cohort, were named Students of the Year by faculty and staff members. This is the inaugural year for this award which was presented to students who exemplified the Essential 8 characteristics and what it means to be a Viking. “The idea was a collaborative brainstorm agenda […]

Courage to speak your mind, to listen

Recently, politicians have proposed lowering the voting age to 16. Even if they do not acknowledge it, their true motives are to garner more votes for their political party.

Going the distance: Junior earns second at region, improves with personal best

The discus weighs heavily in junior Justin Sheridan’s hand as he prepares to launch it across the field. He begins his spin and then releases as his eyes focus on where the discus will land.

At the district meet, Justin threw 137’1” to finish in 3rd place and threw 148’5” at area to place second and advance to region.

Bases loaded: Senior captain leads by example in outfield, batter’s box

It’s late in the game and the Vikings are down by a run with a man in scoring position. Senior Michael Barber feels a surge of adrenaline as he steps up to the plate. The pitcher leans back, and unleashes a fastball. Michael swings hard, and sends the ball flying into the outfield. This is the moment that makes all the sacrifices worth it.

International Baccalaureate Programme sets high expectations, rigor for students

High school is meant to prepare students for college; and giving them the best preparation is key to success. The International Baccalaureate Programme has been a success since it was established at Bryan High in 2010. Students participating in the programme have learned superior test taking skills, essay writing, time management, and many other skills […]

Community members unite to benefit local charity

Although originating in Virginia, United Way has grown to have over 1,200 local offices across the country, including the Brazos Valley. Brazos Valley has its own local office and has created many opportunities for youth to get involved and learn how to be an active member in the community.

‘Marvel’ous movie makes millions at debut, showcases strong female lead

Marvel Studios has taken over the cinematic world over the past eleven years and continues to do so in 2019 with Captain Marvel.

Family affair: Wrestlers succeed at state, follow in brother’s footsteps

For the Thomas’, wrestling is a family affair. This year, two of the members of the Thomas family advanced to the 6A state wrestling tournament where they were coached by their older brother, also a former Viking wrestler.

International communications: Multilingual education opens mind, cultural doors

America has the reputation of many of its citizens being monolingual, but one student is breaking that stereotype. Senior Dylan Thatcher has studied and practiced multiple languages for the past several years. He is currently learning French and German, but he knows bits of Spanish, Russian, and Chinese as well. He sees language as a way to reach others and experience new cultures.

One small step for a women, one giant leap for womenkind: Support encouragement helps build each other up instead of tearing each other down

Women have been considered lower than men in the past. The last ones to vote, the least paid, the most negatively talked about by both men and women. Not to mention that the women of color have somehow became the most negatively talked about and disrespected.

Dark side to Light: Star Wars movie franchise spans the galaxy on quality, entertainment

Star Wars, created by George Lucas in 1977, is my favorite movie franchise of all time. Many fans were opposed to Lucas selling the series to Disney, but personally, I couldn’t be more pleased because it will allow the series to continue on. There are so many good standalone movies in the franchise, I don’t […]

What does java bean to you?

Coffee, the epitome of all that is good in the world. Without coffee, how many long nights doing homework would have been lost to sleep? How many study sessions would have gone to waste? The truth is: I can’t survive without coffee. It has become an important part of my morning, and without it I […]

Moral barometer: Violence, sexuality used excessively desensitizes society

This article is a continuation from an article in the previous edition of the Norseman that discussed the degrading of cultural morality and why swearing is immoral.

Graphic sexuality has also escalated dramatically, particularly in movies. This not only includes actual sexual encounters but promiscuous jokes and actors wearing little to no clothing. It usually doesn’t even affect the plot but instead attempts to appeal to audiences at a gratuitous level.

Mental health care important, things will get better

Mental health in teens is a serious issue in today’s society. Oddly enough, not a lot of people talk about it. People often feel lonely in some of their darkest times with nobody to turn to, and that’s a problem. Show love to the people that deserve it the least because those are the ones that need it the most.

Extremism has negative impact on positive movements

America has certainly lived up to its namesake of being “the land of the free,” especially when compared to many of the countries around the world. Despite embracing this motto, the freedoms granted are constantly being taken advantage of by various extreme individuals. The very definition of an extremist is a person who holds fanatical views, and especially one who advocates extreme action.

Attitude, behavior infectious: People should choose kindness instead of being rude

I’m tired of rude people, and not just rude people, but negative individuals in general who think having that unpleasant attitude is necessary. Spoiler, it really isn’t.

Black History Month contest opens doors, connects people through social media

What started as a competition for a pizza party ended up in a viral post with tens of thousands of likes and hundreds of comments. For Black History Month, the Key Club held a contest for advisory classes where they could decorate their teacher’s door with a famous African American to win a pizza party.

2019-2020 Transfer Information

2019-2020 Transfer Information

Navy presents Hammond-Oliver seniors with scrubs after enlistment in elite program

A Navy officer presented seniors Heather Constestabile and Nick Defoy with scrubs during a ceremony earlier this year. They have both enlisted in the Navy and been chosen to be hospital corpsman, which allows them to help injured or ill members of the military.

Rolling along: Senior cycler finds sport both exhilarating, calming

His legs burn from the constant pedaling. The wind stings his eyes. Beads of sweat roll down his face, yet he keeps pushing forward. He looks over his shoulder to see if any of his competitors are gaining ground as he approaches the next change in terrain. The obstacles senior Luke McCollum faces while racing mountain bikes has impacted his life in a positive way.

Senior golfer shows growth, composure as athlete

Though golf is frequently considered an individual sport, there are team components even when the team is small. Senior Ryan Wilson has shown leadership and strength of character throughout the season.

Minor injury becomes major comeback for powerlifter

Setting goals senior year is normal for most athletes, but after suffering an injury last year at the end of the season, senior Cardecia “CeCe” Franklin plans to beat the deadlift record this year and advance to the state competition. Last year CeCe qualified for the regional powerlifting meet after suffering a hamstring injury during track, the week before.

International mindedness: Foreign exchange students experience American culture

Language barriers. Cultural faux paus. Distance from loved ones.
Change is frequently difficult no matter how small, but embracing a new country as a teenager creates a unique set of obstacles. Katharina Pahl and Suse Lalla are both exchange students from Germany who have made the decision to move from their home all the way to Bryan. They made that choice to experience America and its culture while finding that the obstacles are eclipsed by the adventure of something new.

Senior yearbook ads due March 22

Senior Ad Flyer

Challenge of kindness: Program aims to change school climate, environment

Gunshots rang out in the library during lunch on April 20, 1999. Americans were shaken to their core as the worst school shooting in history took the lives of 13 people. Over the last two decades, more lives have been taken and, with the introduction of social media, bullying has only gotten worse. As these things have increased, so has the public’s level of despondency. Yet despite the looming hopelessness many people feel, lights of hope shine out in the darkness of despair and remind humanity that not all is lost. One program that has given light and hope to many people is Rachel’s Challenge.

Technology savvy generation needs reboot in computer basics

Current students don’t know life without the internet, phones that double as computers, or video games.

Chasing goals: Senior soccer player views team as family, signs to continue playing in college

The opposing team has the ball as they head down the soccer field preparing to kick the it into the net to make the winning goal. One girl stands between the ball and another point for the opposing team – the goalie. Seconds tick off the clock as the game draws to an end. The […]

Orchestra and mariachi students earn top honors at contest

The Mariachi Vikingos received a division one and qualified for state for the third year in a row at UT Rio Grande on Feb. 22. Individual orchestra members also placed: Abby Terry performed a Class One viola solo and received a Division 1 Evelyn Mayo performed a class three viola solo and received a Division […]

Movies set to release in 2019 promise to thrill audiences

A new year brings new blockbusters to theaters. Some movie-goers are enthusiastic about these new films but others are skeptical about the quality of the movies 2019 has in store. This year will have a wide variety of genres, including superheroes, horror, and even childhood classics.

Federal/State Report Cards

This is a report required by the Texas Legislature and prepared by the Texas Education Agency. It is to be sent to the parent or guardian of every child enrolled in a Texas public school. The report provides information concerning student performance on the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®), as well as […]

Audience mourns season 8: Mediocre season leaves audiences disappointed, hopeful for resurrection

I’ve been watching The Walking Dead since the Season 1 premiere in 2010, and ever since then, I have been a long-time super-fan of the AMC drama/horror series. While it is a great
show, there have definitely been some flaws in the writing over time, and some mistakes are bigger than others.

Swimming, diving team competes in Crosstown Showdown

The A&M Consolidated boys’ and girls’ swim team beat the Bryan swimmers in the Crosstown Showdown held at the TAMU Rec Center. The Consol boys won 192-73 and the Consol girls won 190-101. Individual event winners for Bryan included Selah Pilkington in the 200 Individual Medley. Cayla Jimenez and Hayden Moreno in 1 meter diving […]

Moral barometer: Language usage dictates decline in societal standards

It’s a classic stereotype for the oldest generation to talk about how things were in the “good old days” and how recent years have taken a turn for the worse. Though this is in many ways over-exaggerated, there is one point I definitely agree with them on: the decline of morality.

Off beaten path: Students explore unique hobbies, find new passions

In high school, students rarely find time to do the hobbies that they love. Although building a tank drum and restoring old typewriters are not conventional hobbies, seniors Isaiah Gilbert and Braeden Forsthoff take pride in these unusual hobbies.

Sophomore basketball player showcases large presence on court

The final seconds tick down. The Vikings have the ball. Sophomore power forward, Rodney Johnson pushes his way through heavy traffic to get to the goal and score. As one of the youngest players on the team, Rodney continues to show growth as he advances to lead the team in the future.

For the love of family: Senior tennis team member recognizes bonds created in sport

It’s a tied match. One more hit, one more chance to win. He lifts his arm, the tennis racket clenched into his hand as the ball makes its way toward him. He makes contact with the ball, and it flies back over the net just out of reach of his opponents outstretched racket.

Swimming, diving team takes home medals from district meet

The boys swimming and diving team placed second overall at the District 18-6A Swimming and Diving Championship Meet held at the Cy-Fair Natatorium in Houston. The boys were led by Ayden Ayers who placed 1st in the 100 Backstroke and 2nd in 1-meter diving, Hayden Moreno placed 1st in 1-meter diving and 8th in the […]

HOSA earns honors at competition

Earlier in December health science, anatomy, and forensic students participated in the online testing competition with HOSA. The following students earned honors for the competition: Advancing to Round 2 (skills demonstration) at the Area competition in February: Selena Gonzales (BHS) – 3rd place in Pharmacy Science Katharina Pahl (BHS) – 6th place in Dental Science […]

Senior pictures schedule Dec. 11, 12

Seniors who did not take pictures with the school this summer will take pictures on December 11 or 12 in room 6158. There is no charge to take a yearbook only pictures. A link to the pictures will be shared with you from Photo Texas several weeks after pictures are taken. It will be at […]

Critical of perfection: Teens struggle with positive self-image, complicated by social media

She stares at her phone screen, the expression on her face a mixture between disturbed and longing. Then, abruptly, she throws her phone on the couch next to her, stands up, and walks to the bathroom. She turns on the light and stares at herself in the mirror. Slowly, she shakes her head and leaves the bathroom. Tears begin forming in her eyes, but she forces them away. Why can’t I be like them?

Struggling to gain acceptance, approval proves exhausting

Having to prove myself over and over again is exhausting and takes part of my soul every time I do it. This comes into play with new managers at work, new co-workers, new teachers, and even friends’ parents.

First and goal: NFL superior to college football with talent, entertainment

I don’t understand why college football has so many more fans than the NFL. Even though college football has a huge fan base, I like the NFL more.

Coalition Day schedule for Nov. 16

The Coalition is a diverse group of more than 140 distinguished colleges and universities that is committed to making college a reality for all high school students through a set of free online college planning tools. So it’s comparable to ApplyTexas or the Common Application except that it comes with resources that help students start […]

Swim team wins double dual meet

The swim team hosted a double dual meet against Huntsville and Tomball High School earlier this month. The Viking boys beat Huntsville 138-61 and Tomball 129-110. Individual winners included James Coppernoll in the 100 and 200 free, Ayden Ayers in the 50 Butterfly, Alfonso Bautista-Mendez in the 50 back, and Hayden Moreno in 1 meter […]

Book tackles difficult subject matter: Unexpected ending leaves readers in tears

Me Before You, an amazing book written by Jojo Moyes, makes readers feel a series of different emotions while reading. As a drama/romance with a page count of 480, it’s suitable for a more mature audience as a younger audience wouldn’t be able to comprehend what’s actually going on. There is a movie based on the book, which I have seen, but it pales in comparison by leaving out all the details that make the book so good.

Korean film keeps audiences on edge of seats with suspense, intrigue

I’m going to be honest, Train to Busan had me crying non-stop in the final scenes of the movie. While I’m not going to spoil what happened for those who haven’t seen this movie yet, I would recommend watching it.

Girl power: Superhero movies lack quality female leads

In the past decade, heroes like Captain America and Iron Man have dominated the movie industry, with movie franchises like Marvel and DC raking in billions of dollars. But it seems as if female superheros have been left out, and while in the past few years they have gotten a lot better about having diversity in their films, it still seems as though they need some work.

Red Ribbon Week

Monday – Team up against drugs – Favorite Team Jersey/T-shirt Tuesday – Color the world as you travel – Wear as many colors as you can Wednesday – Double up against drugs – Twin day Thursday – Knockout drugs – Wear all black Friday – College T-shirt day

Great outdoors: Females aim to break stereotypes

The sun comes up over the horizon as day breaks and the wilderness awakens. On the banks of the river or hidden within a blind sits a woman waiting to break a societal stereotype by catching a fish or harvesting game. Though strides have been made over the last two decades to combat the ideas that outdoor activities are only for men, many still feel others are surprised when they find out they take part those activities.

No “I” in team: Volleyball girls unite as they enter 6A play

Unity. Team work. Single mindedness.

The volleyball team encompasses what it means to work together toward a single goal. After moving up to 6A, the coach and team knew they had to become stronger, faster, and smarter than ever before. The team has risen to their own expectations and has entered district play as a force to be reckoned with.

Multi-sport athletes more physically prepared to avoid injury through whole-body workouts

Athlete safety has become more of a focus in recent years as things like concussions and general physical stamina have come under scrutiny. Prevention is key at any age, but in young athletes it has become the norm to help them prepare their entire body through multiple sports instead of pushing a single activity.

Three and out: Quickness, determination helps middle linebacker lead team

The crowd erupts as they try to distract the offense from their next play, motivating the defensive line to zero in on the ball and bring the quarterback to the ground behind the line of scrimmage. Senior middle linebacker Detarious Turner has become a leader for the Viking defense through experience, determination, and hard work.

Senior packages available for purchase

Senior packages can be purchased NOW until November 30. Packages are $110 and include a prom ticket (and picture package), a project graduation ticket, and a yearbook. The overall savings of this package is over $35. Please click on the documents for more information. –Checks can be made payable to: BHS Yearbook –The Order Form […]

Head, heart, hands, health: Senior holds 4-H state leadership position

With over 6 million active participants, 4-H is one of the largest youth programs in the country and helps develop leadership, responsibility, and work ethic. Senior Hannah Czajkowski has been involved in the 4-H program since she was 8 years old and in the third grade. After years of participation and dedication to 4-H she has advanced to a statewide leadership role.

Dual leadership: Cross country seniors sets example on, off course

Fog rolls across the hills as the sun peaks over the horizon. The sound of footfalls in the grass echo through the early morning stillness as dew transfers to each runners tennis shoes. The cross country team has been hard at work for hours before most students arrive at school. Each morning they focus on the whole race physically, mentally, and even emotionally. Cross country isn’t a quick sprint and as such requires strong leaders who understand the mental game of setting a pace to finish strong.

Banned books limit knowledge, threatens independent thought

Limiting exposure to foul language, racism, and explicit content may sound like a good idea at first, but when the line of censorship continues to move to accommodate things that offend people – eventually everything will be censored. Books have long been a place of knowledge, imagination, and escape, but their fundamental purpose is threatened […]

Political unrest: Media bias, social agendas cause disdain for democratic zoo

I’m sick of politics.

This doesn’t mean I’m not politically informed or don’t have a political opinion. No, it’s quite the opposite. I have a strong political opinion, regularly read the newspaper, and even read a political magazine.

I’m just so sick of politics.

Music captures innate human emotion of fear, hope: Linkin Park’s 4th album connects to audiences on spiritual level

After listening to all of Linkin Park’s albums, I loved all of them, but the one that stood out to me the most was A Thousand Suns. It is a concept album dealing with human fears, such as a nuclear war and the end of the world. This was a genius move on Linkin Park’s part, as the different style took the band to a whole new level.

Vikings Kicking Out Tobacco earns top honors at state convention

In 2017, about 3.6 million middle schoolers and high schoolers used tobacco products. Vikings Kicking Out Tobacco, VKOT, has made tobacco prevention a priority at Bryan High and are aiming to stop the use of tobacco in schools.

Imagine Dragons unifies listeners with unique sound, varied genres

Imagine Dragons are one of the most well known artists in the world, earning nine Billboard Music Awards, and amassing over five billion views on YouTube. Audiences enjoy them because they appeal to both rock fans, such as myself, and pop fans as well.
When turning on the radio, listeners have a good chance of hearing an Imagine Dragons song, whether it would be their newly released pump-up anthem, “Natural”, or an older hit such as “Radioactive”. I like “Natural” because of its haunting verses, strong chorus, and the music video, which is even more haunting than the lyrics.

Return of the Queen: Theatre reigns as iconic symbol of downtown Bryan

Bright, flashing lights. Throngs of people. Conversation occasionally punctuated by laughter. The scent of food diffusing through the air. This was once the normal scene in the early to mid 1900s in downtown Bryan. However, as the city began to expand and businesses began moving closer to where people lived, downtown Bryan slowly fell into disrepair as malls and big-box retailers took over. What was once the cultural hub of town became a run-down, deserted reminder of times passed.

Antiquated dress code focused on control instead of learning

For many years, school dress code has created conflict among students, parents, teachers, and administrators. Growing up in Bryan, I’ve always had to follow the dress code policy, and if I don’t comply I have to fix it or suffer the consequences such as getting sent to SAC or even getting sent home. While I believe there should be some type of dress code for students such as not being allowed to wear a bathing suit to school, gang related clothing, or any article of clothing that promotes the use of drugs and alcohol many constraints within the dress code policy should be eliminated.

Netflix original series Insatiable leaves viewers unsatisfied as crass humor and negativity dominate plot

This article contains spoilers, so if you intend on watching Netflix’s new show Insatiable, read ahead at your own risk.

Lions and tigers and bears, oh my: Peta takes aim at freeing animals from their cardboard prisons

PETA, a group scorned equally by animal rights activists, vegans, hunters, and just about everyone else, zeroed in on Nabisco’s Barnum’s Animal Crackers as their latest crusade target. The animal cracker’s classic packaging depicted circus animals in cages as a reference to Barnum and Bailey’s Circus. Now, at PETA’s request, Nabisco has removed the bars to allow the animals to roam free in an open field.

Shy-Anne buddy clinic for 5th-8th graders

The Bryan High Shy-Annes would like to invite your students to the new and improved Intermediate & Middle School Clinic. AGES: 5TH GRADE – 8TH GRADE CLINIC: SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2018 FROM 9:00A-12:00P (BHS GYM 3) CHECK IN STARTS AT 8:30A SHOWING AFTER THE CLINIC AT 11:30A PERFORMANCE: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19TH, 2018 AT 6:30P (BHS […]

Game day dinner scheduled 8/31

The Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America is hosting this weeks game day dinner. For $8.00 fans can get a hamburger, chips, drink, and dessert from Texas Roadhouse on Friday, August 31 in the Silver Cafeteria. This is a great way to eat before the game. Anyone interested can stop by room 6148, 6156, […]

9, 10, 11 grade yearbook pictures scheduled for Friday, August 31

All 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students will take yearbook pictures on Friday, August 31. Students will receive picture packet information through their English classes on Tuesday and will come down for their pictures through English. If you have any questions, please contact Rebecca Dominy at 209-2580.

2018 yearbooks available for pick-up

The 2018 yearbooks are now available for pick-up for all students. Yearbooks will be handed out during lunch Wednesday-Friday (August 22-24). Current students can pick up books after that in room 6160 and seniors can stop by the front office on silver. There are a few extra books available for purchase and are $75. These […]

2018-2019 AP English III summer reading assignment

AP Lang Summer Reading Letter

Senior pictures scheduled for Aug. 8-10

August 8-10 at Bryan High School Pictures will take place in room 6158 Seniors should receive a postcard in the mail with a date and time for pictures. These pictures will be used for the yearbook, but seniors can also do a full sitting. Yearbook pictures are “church clothes” type pictures. The sitting is $15 […]