Bear Facts News A Bethel Bruins Publication in Hampton, Virginia Thu, 21 May 2020 16:38:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Dear B. Ruins Mon, 09 Mar 2020 14:13:18 +0000 “I can’t concentrate in class”



Dear, Redhead

Class can really be boring and make you want to sleep but, not paying attention can actually cost you your grade. For me I had to find an outlet to put out the energy on not concentrating. I actually sketch what my teacher is talking about or if its math I draw math symbols or make sample problems. It’s all about finding your outlet for yourself.




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Dear B. Ruins Mon, 09 Mar 2020 14:05:49 +0000 “One of my best friends likes my old crush and she chose to tell me after I told her that I might have feelings for him still..”


Dear Anonymous,

That is a tough thing to go through and I’m sorry. The main thing you should do is have a sit down and talk to your best friend. Have a nice calm talk with her and tell her how you feel. Telling your feelings can always make life easier and in the end it can also improve your relationship.


B. Ruins

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Black Mamba Remembered in Public Memorial Wed, 26 Feb 2020 14:02:44 +0000 More than 20,000 mourners gathered February 24th to honor the memory of basketball icon Kobe Bryant and his 13 year old daughter Gianna “GiGi” Bryant who died in a helicopter crash on January 26th along with 7 other passengers.  Vanessa Bryant’s emotional tribute to her husband and daughter brought tears to the eyes of the celebrities and fans in attendance.

Kobe Bryant had an universal impact on society and many students and staff at Bethel were saddened by his sudden death. Sophomore Kiairra Avent  expressed grief over her favorite basketball player who she said inspired her and others.  “I honestly tear up every time someone mentions his death and his daughter.” Craig Brehon, the dean of boy’s discipline who also coaches the varsity basketball team shared that one of his players Marcus Banks asked to change his jersey number to 24 in honor of Kobe Bryant for a game following his death. 

Bryant joined the Los Angeles Lakers franchise directly from high school and remained on the team for the length of his basketball career. Throughout his  20 years with the Lakers, Bryant won five NBA championships, was recognized as most valuable player and played on a number of all star teams.  Die hard fans of Bryant believe that the NBA will be greatly affected by Bryant’s death and change the world of professional basketball forever.  “The world has ended and basketball is dead,” said junior Aaron Smith. 

The circumstances of the helicopter crash continues to undergo investigation, but shortly after the memorial service it was announced that Vanessa Bryant filed a wrongful death suit against the company that operated Bryant’s flight. According to the Los Angeles Times, the complaint accuses the pilot for “failing to abort the flight, failing to monitor and assess the weather, and failure to keep a safe distance between natural obstacles and the helicopter,” and alleges that the company is responsible for the pilot’s negligence.   “The pilot knew he shouldn’t have flown lower and all the other helicopters were grounded, ” said school security guard Officer Barnes. “If it wasn’t safe for the other helicopters to fly, why was Kobe’s helicopter able to fly?”  The pilot Ara Zobayan also died during the crash and recent news reports indicate that in 2015 Zobayan was charged with violating weather conditions while flying a helicopter.

Although many continue to mourn the loss of Bryant and his significant contribution to the world of sports, his death has caused others to look further into his life.  “After the incident I started digging into his past,” media specialist Charity Lindsey admitted. That past included the controversial charges of sexual assault Bryant faced in 2003. However, charges were dropped because the accuser refused to testify and Bryant issued a public apology. 

Bryant nicknamed himself Black Mamba after the allegations to separate his personal life from his basketball career. The moniker went on to become a personal brand that formed the Mamba Academy, partnership with Nike and his 2018 book ” The Mamba Mentality: How I Play.”

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To Sir With Love: BHS Teacher of the Year Mon, 17 Feb 2020 16:01:37 +0000 Valentine’s Day marked the official announcement for Bethel High School’s favored 2020-2021 Teacher of the Year. Administration and supporting staff made their way with balloons, flowers and congratulations to the classroom of social studies teacher Erik Wilson to share the good news. “It was truly a humbling experience, but it’s the students that motivate me to do what I do each day,” said Wilson.

Mr. Wilson started teaching with HCS in 2006, yet his teaching career spans over 20 years. Wilson transferred to Bethel from Hampton High in 2018. At BHS, Wilson is known as an easygoing, astute and engaging educator that embodies the spirit of education, particularly in the 21st Century.  10th grader Janiyah Johnston said that Wilson makes learning more relatable and fun for students. Janiyah also stated that Mr. Wilson deserves to be teacher of the year, but feels students should be involved in the voting process. “Students are the ones who are impacted by teachers, so we should be able to choose the teacher of the year.”

Success 101 teacher Sherry Murphy served on the voting committee and explained that the selection process is anonymous. According to Murphy, the candidates are rated on a likert  scale by each voting member. Murphy who happens to be the BHS Teacher of the Year for 2019-2020 as well as Hampton City Schools’ Teacher of the Year stressed that all of the nominees were worthy of the title and the decision was challenging.  

The HCS Teacher of the Year award will be announced at the annual banquet on March 26th.


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2019-2020 Swim Team Tue, 04 Feb 2020 17:47:42 +0000
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2019-2020 Wrestling Team Tue, 04 Feb 2020 17:46:59 +0000
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2019-2020 Varsity Girls Basketball Tue, 04 Feb 2020 17:42:28 +0000
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2019-2020 JV Girls Basketball Tue, 04 Feb 2020 17:40:15 +0000
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2019-2020 JV Boys Basketball Tue, 04 Feb 2020 17:09:00 +0000
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2019-2020 Varsity Boys Basketball Tue, 04 Feb 2020 17:05:35 +0000
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