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Tiger talks to gain support for problem solving

Jules PetersonNHS seniors Insiya Aziz and Maria Duster will be hosting two Tiger Talk events this year, one in the fall semester and one in the spring semester.

“Tiger Talks is modeled after TED Talks, which are educational talks about various issues affecting our world given by various people around the world,” Maria explained. “We decided to model it after them because we are really inspired by TED Talks and we know that the student body and the faculty have issues or passions that they want to discuss.”

AP Environmental Science teacher Jamie Biel hopes that this event will allow students to share their ideas with the community and make a difference.

“The goal of Tiger Talks is to encourage students who are passionate about a particular topic to share that with the student body,” Biel said.

Duster wants the event to have a safe atmosphere that encourages conversation.

“We want to promote healthy discourse over the issues affecting our community and our world,” she said. “It’s a really awesome way for our community to come together and share ideas. Hopefully it will encourage some positive discussions.”

There will be many speakers on the day of the event, of who will cover a variety of topics.

“What’s going to happen is we are going to have 10 to 12 speakers, they can be students, faculty members, or community members,” Duster said. “They are going to come and speak about various issues they are passionate about. We have people considering talks on deforestation, green architecture, and adoption. These are just a few examples.”

Auditions to speak will be held in November and are open to all.

“The requirements for the audition are to have a draft of a speech over a relevant and school-appropriate topic,” Duster said.

The first event is going to take place on December 3, 2015 and tickets will be just three dollars each.

“All the money will be going towards the rainwater collection system that our school has made,” Maria said. “It’s a good cause.”

Not only does this event support our APES class in making our school more environmentally friendly, but it also gives student opportunities to communicate issues and hopefully gain support in solving them.

“If students are passionate about issues that affect the community, recognize issues that need to be solved, and realize the benefit of communication over the problem, they can potentially get people together and come up with a solution,” Biel said.

Written by Jules Peterson


PALS sponsor unity day, stand up against bullying

IMG_1821Dripping Springs High School will be participating in the nation-wide celebration of Unity Day on Wednesday, October 21st. Unity day is a day in which schools across the country will come together and take a stand against bullying.

PALs Sponsor, Allyson Wright came across the idea last year.

“We were googling what each month stood for and we all knew that breast cancer awareness was in October, but we also discovered Unity Day was in October too,” she said.

The PALs decided to get the school involved once they had all approved the idea.

“I told my PALs about it last year, and they were really excited about it. We posted signs and did some stuff around the school and wore orange, but this year we’re going a little bit bigger,” Wright said. “We’re going to be posting orange Post-Its around the school with different phrases on them. It’ll be more apparent to people.”

Senior Madison Green came up with the Post-It idea and thinks its a great addition to the day.

“A lot of people in our school struggle with depression and things like that,” Green said. “Reading the little sticky note that says how great they are and all the things that they can accomplish can make a big difference.”

Everyone is encouraged to wear orange on October 21st.

“The color for bullying prevention is orange,” Wright said. “I’m hoping that a lot of people will participate.”

Wright hopes that it will help the Dripping Springs bullying situation.

“I do think there is a bullying problem at this school. It’s more on social media than it is in person,” Wright said. “Like on Twitter, Instagram, and snapchat and stuff. I think it’s everywhere, whether it’s in a school or not. It might not be direct bullying, but generally someone will feel bullied at some point in their life. So we might as well try to take a stand against it now.”

Green has also noticed an issue within our school.

“I think we do have a bullying problem,” Green said. “Definitely not as big as [issues] at other schools in the Austin area, but people are facing bullying at our school.”

Green hopes that the school will have a positive attitude towards Unity Day.

“I think it’d be good if our school became more tightly knit through this,” she said. “If we stand closer together, take a stand against bullying and help stick up for our friends or even people that we don’t know, we can make a really big difference.”

Veronica Lopez

Staff Writer

Students get involved at DSHS volunteer fair

The annual DSHS Volunteer Fair took place on Tuesday, October 6th in the cafeteria. Several organizations from around Dripping Springs, such as Relay for Life and the Thundering Paws animal shelter, set up booths with sign up sheets and information on how to volunteer. Many students took interest in the volunteer opportunities.

“I like to volunteer because I think that doing stuff for the community is a nice way to get on the radar for colleges,” said junior Shane Miller.

Many upperclassmen took to the volunteer fair because there is an array of different opportunities to volunteer that are important as they work on college applications.

“I’m looking to help elderly people,” Miller said.

The organizations represented at the fair are grateful for the help they receive from DSHS students.

“We recruit youth every year for Relay for Life because historically the youth teams here at Dripping Springs have been a huge part of the event,” said Michelle Batte from the Relay for Life committee.

The Relay for Life committee made it a point to set up a booth at the volunteer fair because they knew they could enlist help from the students.

“We usually get anywhere from five to fifteen teams of high schoolers,” Batte said.

The Volunteer Fair is an excellent way to help students gain hours as well as benefit the organizations.

“I would like to have at least fifty signatures of kids who are interested in learning more about it,” expressed Batte.

The volunteer fair seemed to be a huge success, as it recruited many students and excited the organizations about how much help they would be receiving.

“Every year it’s a success,” said Batte.

Written by Rylee Matoussek

Online Editor

Testing season at DSHS

Testing season has begun once again at Dripping Springs High School. As juniors and seniors are preparing for the inevitable task of college and scholarship applications, they are often faced with the question of SAT versus ACT and how to prepare.

“There isn’t one that is better than the other,” Counselor Brooke Johnson said. “It is going to depend on how you test. The format of the SAT is different then the format of the ACT, so it just depends on a student’s strengths.”

She explains that there are a few key differences in the tests themselves.

“The ACT is more like a big final exam of what you should have learned in high school,” Johnson said. “On the other hand, the SAT is a reasoning based test. This means you’re going to see things that you’ve never seen in class before, but if you’re good at reasoning and problem solving you can figure out the answers.”

There are tests that you can take to help determine which one is a better fit for you.

“There is a Caplin Turbo test so you can test which one you will score better on,” Johnson said. “It’s a shortened version of each test that you take and then they compare your results to see which one you are better suited to take.”

After taking both tests, Senior Jordan Rich felt that they were both considerably easier than she had expected.

“I feel like I did pretty well on the ACT,” she said, “Maybe not on the science part, but over all I felt pretty good about it.”

She attributes her success in part to the fact that she has taken the test two times before.

“Since this was my third ACT I knew exactly how I needed to take the test,” Rich said. “I knew how the questions were set up, so I felt pretty ready.”

She claimed that having taken the ACT before benefitted her more than doing very little prepare like she did for the SAT.

“I didn’t prepare at all for it,” Rich admits.

Despite this fact she said that she felt prepared because of having taken the PSAT her sophomore and junior year.

“I felt prepared when I got there and started looking at it,” Rich said. “It was kind of easy after having taken the PSAT.”

Taking practice tests, or taking each test more than once is definitely a benefit when preparing.

“The more exposure you have to that kind of test, the better,” Johnson said.

Written by Jules Peterson


FLY campaign spreads awareness of teen dating violence and self-compassion

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Members of the dating violence advocacy board

During the month of October, the Dating Violence Advocacy board at Dripping Spring High School will be promoting awareness of self-love and teen dating violence through their FLY campaign. FLY, First Love Yourself, was created to instill self-compassion throughout the school by involving students in activities surrounded around pride and confidence.

“We wanted to advocate more than dating violence,” explained board president Insiya Aziz. “Because it’s something not everyone is a part of.”

In addition to organizing teen dating violence awareness events, the board has decided to focus on insuring the wellbeing of students too.

“We want students to feel confident with who they are,”said Aziz. “And have a solid self-esteem.”

Although the board primarily targets dating violence through their events, Aziz wants students to know that this campaign is about more than just that.

“This campaign is more than just dating violence,” senior board member Daniela Watkins said. “It’s bigger than that.”

“One of the root causes of why victims don’t leave abusive relationships is because they believe it’s their fault,” explained Watkins.

By recognizing this, the board plans on educating students about teen dating violence and talking about acceptance.

“Through FLY, we want to promote self-compassion,” said Watkins.

In order to make sure everyone in the school feels the benefits from the campaign, the board has created “love notes” for students to send to one another, similar to a candy gram.

“If there’s a person you admire, or you want to remind them that they’re awesome, just write down a note and we’ll send it to them,” said Watkins.

Written by Rylee Matousek
Online Editor

High school in line for a new PA system

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Principal Joe Burns says a new PA and bell system is on its way.

After almost a year of being without bells or a method of making public announcements, the district is purchasing an entirely new PA system for the high school that administrators are hoping will be functional before the end of the fall semester.

“Probably toward the end of October,” principal Joe Burns said. “Maybe a little longer.”

Burns said the decision to purchase a new system came only after repeated attempts at trying to fix the old system.

“Last year the PA system was starting to go out off and on,” he said. “And they would come and patch it together, meaning the district would hire some technicians to come in and work on it.”

However, what originally seemed like an easy fix turned out to be much more complicated than originally thought.

“They thought that they would be able to rebuild it this summer,” Burns said. “But it turned out that it was completely shot, to the point where they weren’t able to piece it all back together again.”

English teacher Yvonne Kaatz said she is more than ready for a new system considering all the inconveniences that not having one has caused, such as the school having to make announcements over teachers’ speaker phones.

“When there are announcements, it’s hard to hear out of the phone,” Kaatz said. “There are times when they need to tell us things and it’s really disturbing for them not to be able to make an announcement that we can hear clearly.”

Furthermore, she is concerned for the safety of the students because of the lack of ability to communicate in an emergency situation.

“My biggest fear, is that we don’t have a good form of communication in any type of an emergency situation,” Kaatz said.

Despite the advances and faculty excitement about getting the system fixed, most students seem content without one.

“It’s been kind of nice because we don’t have that real annoying bell at the end of every period,” senior Sam Spier said.

Senior Jenna Lawrence agrees that the PA system seems unnecessary.

“It seems like we are doing fine without it,” she said. “I like it better. A lot of other people seem to like it better too.”

They are concerned with the safety issues as well though.

“I guess it would be a good thing if they could tell us if there was a fire or a tornado,” Spier admitted. “That might save a few lives.”

However, some still don’t see the point of purchasing a new system.

“I don’t see the point in spending the money,” said senior Evan Gabrielson. “We are getting along just fine without it.”

Written by Jules Peterson

Friday night car robberies

Deputy Sirenna CumberlandDuring the DSHS home football game on Friday, September 4th, several cars were broken into and valuables within were stolen.

Jade Cahill, a senior at DSHS, was one of the unlucky victims who had her car window smashed and her possessions taken.

“They broke my passenger side window and then tried to break into my trunk through the backseat,” Cahill said.

Even though the thief or thieves stole her purse, she isn’t worried about it happening again.

“It was probably just a freak incident,” explained Cahill.

However, for senior Caleb Beach, the break-ins have opened his eyes to the possibility that it could happen again.

“It kind of makes me uneasy about leaving my car parked during football games,” Beach explained.

Caleb is already starting to take extra precautions to hopefully prevent his vehicle from getting broken into.

“I’m starting to put less and less valuables in my car whenever I go to games now,” Beach said.

Officer Sirenna Cumberland, the school resource officer, says that they had two less officers than usual patrolling that night.

“We were skeleton crew for about an hour that night,” officer Cumberland explained.

Due to multiple games happening at other high schools on the same evening, the officers were already spread thin. They were spread even thinner when two of the officers had to deal with another situation.

“Now that this has occurred, we will have another officer assigned to patrol the area,” Cumberland stated.

Even though this is the first time vehicles have been violently broken into, Officer Cumberland thinks people shouldn’t let fear keep them from having a good time at community events.

“We believe that this was just an isolated incident but we are preparing ourselves for next game as if it will happen again,” Cumberland said

Written by J.T. Dahill

Staff Writer

Upcoming: meet the teacher night

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Meet the teacher night, an annual event put on by Dripping Springs High School, will be held on Monday, September 13.

Principal Joe Burns explains that this meet-and-greet night gives the teachers and parents a chance to meet face to face at the beginning of the year.

“Meet the teacher is really just an opportunity for our parents to put a face with the name,” he said. “It is also a good way for parents to hear the basics about the class and ask any questions they might have.”

Dripping Springs High School parents tend to be pretty involved with their students and the school has an impressive turnout each year.

“We get a pretty good turnout, even at the high school level,” Burns states.

Written by Jules Peterson


Burns: “Tiger Day a success”

IMG_1823Dripping Springs High School had its second annual Tiger Day on August  26, where students participated in lectures throughout the day that reminded them  of the concepts and values that represent DSHS.

High School Principal Joe Burns believes that the second ever Tiger Day accomplished it’s goals.

“I think Tiger Day, overall, was a success,” Burns said.

Even though it went well, they are considering some changes aiming to improve  Tiger Day for next year.

“I think we need to differentiate the lessons for each grade level. Another idea we have is to move the lessons to earlier in the day so students who have off-periods can still hear and participate in the lectures,” explained Burns.

Students like Sophomore Brandon McAlister believe that Tiger Day has an impact on students, but some aspects could be improved.

“I feel like for all the upperclassmen and sophomores, Tiger Day is just drilling old information with a new addition here and there, but overall some of the lessons are a little unnecessary,” he said.

He feels that lessons such as dress code are a little unnecessary and should only be brought up if there were changes made.

“The freshmen should get all the lessons as just one big reminder,” McAlister stated. “But the lessons should narrow down each year to only encompass the new things and then be presented  to the sophomores, juniors, and seniors”

For freshmen like Tucker Sawyer, Tiger Day is a day where students learn the characteristics needed to be successful.

“It’s a day where we focus on the traits of a true Tiger,” he said.

To Sawyer, Tiger Day is a day where the school shows how much they care about everybody and how much they want students to have a beneficial  year.

“It’s like the school reminding us that they care and they want to make it fun for us,” he said.

Some students, like sophomore Kaden Edwards,  want to change the structure of Tiger Day completely.

“I would like to scrap Tiger Day completely because we know the characteristics expected for this school,” he said. “Maybe keep it for all the freshmen, but for everyone else it’s just a waste of a potentially productive school day.”

He believes that it is important that the freshmen hear all the lessons, but not for the other grade levels.

“The other grades [non-freshmen] have already learned these lessons and have been over it too many times to learn anything else,” explained Edwards. “Keep Tiger Day for the freshmen but let the other grade levels go on with their day.”

Burns knows that changes are needed. He and the rest of the school staff will do their best to make these changes for next year.

“Again, we are going through and editing and looking at what we should learn from our shortcomings, but philosophically we believe it is working and we will continue to improve each year,” Burns said.

Written by J.T. Dahill
Staff Writer