Exploring Vietnam

     Vietnam is a place known to most Americans as the location of a lost war. This has led to a bitter attitude toward the country by our citizens, which is expected and even understandable to this day. I visited Ho Chi Minh city over Thanksgiving Break, which is the business hub of the…

Santa Claus: the Man, the Myth, the Legend

     Each year when December strikes, holiday spirit dives into the hearts children at full-force, bringing with it an abundance of joy, laughter, and a belief in the impossible. But as kids grow older, this belief becomes further and further out of reach until even Santa Claus is just a distant memory.     …

Climb to the Top: Junior Competes on Rocks

Rock Climbing has the most some of the most diverse competitions and challenges. You never know what your going to face until you do it. Junior Caden Getty explains the experience he has had with rock climbing so far, and his motivation that keeps him going. Trying new things can help you figure out what…

Feeling the Christmas Spirit

       Christmas has always brought a special feeling for many. The dazzling lights, gingerbread scents, red and green decorations, and the music brings a welcoming feeling. As the cold weather kicks in and December rolls around, it isn’t hard to remember why Christmas is so loved and a favorite holiday for many.   …

Up Here On Horseback

Horseback riding takes more trust and practice then it seems. Building a strong relationship between the horse and the rider can completely change how well they do in competitions. Junior Hannah Mitchell describes the relationship with her horse and the experiences she has encountered. “[Horseback riding] has kind of made me the person that I…

Director on Director Interview

Written by Andrew Spiegel     I recently had the chance to speak with a professional filmmaker and ask her a few questions. She has shot commercials for big brands and companies such as Target, Toms, Beats Music, American Girl Doll, and NASCAR, and she has even given a TEDx talk. The filmmaker is 15-year-old Amelia…

Letter for Letter: Aquatic Science Teacher on Teaching with Dyslexia

     “Tetra. Is that T-E-R-T-A?” says Nicole Watts, staring at the screen with her eyebrows furrowed. “T-E-T-R-A,” one of her students calls out. She thanks him, and for a half-second a tiny smile makes its way across her face. Ten years ago, she would’ve felt sheepish at the thought of having to ask for…

Diverse Traditions On Campus

     As the holiday season approaches, the fever of winter break rises along with it. Lights line rooftop edges and wreaths adorn every door, showing off the spirit of each family inside.      However, with the excitement of the impending holiday season, Americans often forget that the holidays are celebrated differently from person…

Addiction: Students fight 21st century mobile device

photo by Makayla Banton At a glance, Dripping Springs High School looks as normal as can be. Although, a new problem is invading these crammed halls, overpopulated cafeteria, and stuffed classrooms. They are the hidden companions of the students and teachers. These distractors are hidden in plain sight, and students and teachers have become addicted…