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.

Savvy seniors utilize quaran-time to secure new skills

With this whole pandemic thing going on, everyone’s been suffering. People were locked up in their homes, whether they liked it or not, and had limitless time with limited money. Jobs were scarce, meaning that people had to find different ways to make money. Some seniors at Bryan High took this opportunity to get creative and found ways to make money and be productive on their own.

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.

Hope rises for detective story fans with gaming franchise

The world has no shortage of good detective stories. Sherlock Holmes, Murder on the Orient Express, and Nancy Drew have captivated audiences across all ages. But those are all old hat. As of this decade, a new franchise of spine-tingling, brain-tickling video games/visual novels has reared its head in Japan, and has since spread to America. Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc is a detective game featuring the fierce contention of Hope and Despair. It was created by the Japanese company Spike Chunsoft and published on November 25, 2010, with two sequels following shortly after. Needless to say, the series has made a huge impact on Japanese culture, and has rubbed onto American culture as well.