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MYDSHSNEWS’ October issue was one of three submitted for review by the American Scholastic Press Association.

MYDSHSNEWS received “first place with special merit” in the American Scholastic Press 2015-2016 Annual Newspaper Review and Contest.

The honor was given to 26 schools, including colleges, universities and other high schools, from across the nation that scored more than 950 points out of a possible 1000, and simply stood out to the reviewers.

“I’m proud that my staff works so hard to make this publication the best it can be,” Editor-In-Chief Jules Peterson said. “Especially considering the fact that very few of us were actually in the class last year.”

As a part of the class, staff members conduct numerous interviews and write several stories each week in order to make the newspaper every month.

“Although most of the staff writers are new at this, I think we’ve still been able to create a better publication than what has been published in several years,” Peterson said.

Student Media adviser Joe Holloway feels very proud of the accomplishments of the newspaper.

“I could not be more proud of the job that my Editor-In-Chief and her entire staff have done with the newspaper this year,” Holloway said.

According to Holloway, staff members frequently run around Dripping Springs doing their best to document the awards and accomplishments of others, and are rarely accredited for it.

“Winning this award is a testament to all of the hard work that has gone into this publication,” Holloway said. “It’s really come a long way in the past year.”

News of the award has spread around the school and has made teachers, administration, and students excited for the future of the journalism department at our school.

“I’m glad that [the student media] is getting recognized,” principal Joe Burns said. “They’ve done some amazing work. It’s grown so much in the last few years.”

Burns said the addition of the MYDSHS.com website has really helped improve DSHS Student Media’s overall presence.

“Putting all the media aspects together has been really cool,” Burns said. “I’ve heard many amazing compliments about the entire organization as a whole.”

PDFs of every issue from the 2015-2016 issue are available here.

Story by Rylee Matousek
Staff Writer