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“In Five Years” Book Review

Review by: Katelyn Wells

“Where do you see yourself in five years”? Is a question that I found asking myself after I read this story. This is an emotional story, and is meant to move you, but I wouldn’t categorize it as a “romance novel” if that is what you’re looking for. For a short overview, this is a story about a young entrepreneur lawyer who has everything specifically planned out for the next five years, and she plans to stick to them. Things obviously don’t go as planned, and her friendships, engagement, and home-life suddenly get flipped upside down. I highly recommend the book “In Five Years”.

Lady Lax

Girls Lacrosse has begun its fall season and they are hard at work preparing for their first tournament, Texas Best. Coaches and players are in full swing ready with only a few practices left before the big tournament taking place at the University of Texas. Girls lacrosse requires speed and agility along with fidelity and skill; these girls have all developed a passion for this sport and spend many hours working hard for their team.  Every practice Head Coach Chris Giliberto tells the girls to “be intentional”, in an attempt to get everyone into the right mindset to develop/learn. Starting the first practice, the girls began to get to know one another through highlights of individual players. Every practice one girl is chosen to speak and introduce herself telling everyone what they’re thankful for and why they play. This exercise helps the girls to get to know one another and grow as a team. The team dynamic is known to be very supportive with invested coaches and players. The Coaches include Coach Giliberto, Coach Ty, Coach Richardson, and Coach Tyo. Every coach, player, and parent make this team so wonderful and help it to grow every year. The girls recently participated in a fundraiser for the team where they sold poinsettias. These plants benefited the team and the Down Home Ranch that grows the plants. The girls exceeded their goal by 33%, and raised money for the team increasing opportunities for the team. Along with working hard and developing their skills, these girls have grown with each other and developed many strong friendships. Even through pre-season the girls are invested and excited to play. The girls are all very excited for the upcoming tournaments and season, ready for the memories, ready for the fun, and ready to play the sport they love. 

Player Q/A: Lucy Tyo, senior, team captain 

  1. How has lacrosse helped you grow mentally and physically? 

“Lacrosse has impacted my life since the first day I picked up a lacrosse stick. At the time, I was playing high level competitive volleyball for a club. I decided to quit volleyball and move to lacrosse. Now playing for around 6 years, I have realized that this is my sport and I made the right decision to quit volleyball. Mentally it is hard getting up after a long day at school and work and trying to stay up and focus on lacrosse and not life off the field. It took me a while to realize that it’s ok not to be on my phone knowing all the drama or hanging out with my friends. It was so hard knowing I was missing out on the fun stuff they were doing but I was doing something that could help me in years to come. On the flip side, Lacrosse has also physically changed me. We all think we can’t run fast and we don’t have the speed to be fast, but while we have to do crazy weird conditioning, that is what is going to help us stay healthy and able to move better on and off the field. Being out on the field 3-4 times a week for one and a half hours we will gain strength.”

  1. How have you developed with your team?

“MY TEAM! MY TEAM IS MY LIFE. They have helped me be who I am today. As an 8th grader walking up to the high school lacrosse team, I was so scared that they wouldn’t help me and that I would be left on my own. My thoughts being if I dropped a ball they would all laugh and make fun of me and tell me I’m not good. My first step on the field and they were all excited to have a “little sister”. The seniors talked to me and everyone below them did too. Ever since they took me in like that, I’ve always wanted to make sure I make my own teammates feel that way. Being a senior now, I see what they felt, welcoming 8th graders into their arms and making sure they are included and not left alone to want to quit or give up. This year the team is crazy. We show up to practice with huge smiles on our faces waiting to call the coach a “Boomer” and hearing the silly songs we play on the speaker while we get a good strong practice in. We all push each other to be the best possible player we all can be while we’re out there making memories that will last forever.”

3. How does lacrosse challenge you? 

“Lacrosse challenges me in many ways. Not everyday are you going to get a good shot or even make a shot. Sometimes after a long day, We can all get frustrated easily if we don’t run a drill correctly and we start to zone out and not care anymore. This year, I told myself to always end the day in a positive way. Sure it sucks when we miss something in practice and it brings us down but always end your day off well. Ask yourself what did you do well in practice today? What could you have done before practice to make you not miss this? Lacrosse and I have a love hate relationship but if you put the work in, you will get great things out of it. Now being three days out from signing my NCAA letter of intent, I would say it pays off. I am going to go play lacrosse at a D2 school in Missouri and I have learned that if you put in the work, you will see great things happen and I know this year, this season with this team is going to be one of the best, if not THE best one ever.”

Crain sisters, basketball interviews

By: Beatrice Furlow

Taylor Crain, Freshman, Freshman Girls Basketball Team

  1. Is basketball your favorite sport? If so, why? If not, what is your favorite sport and why?

Yes, Basketball is my favorite sport because Basketball teaches you how to be a good team player, and I love the fast pace of the game.  

  1. What is it like playing with your sister on the same team?

Playing with my sister can be good and bad (mostly good). Sometimes we argue with each other, but overall its nice to have some there to push me to my limits, and lift me up when I get down on myself. 

  1. Are you ever worried about getting injured? Why or why not?

Not really, everyone runs the risk of injuring themselves the second they step on the court. Usually I dont think about getting injured, theres a chance, but there are more important things to think about than getting injured (In my opinion).

  1. Is there a person or group of people you wish could watch you play at every game? Why?

Everyone would want their family to watch them play, so my family! 

  1. How do you prepare for a game? (do you listen to music, eat specific food, relax, etc.)

Before a game I usually listen to music, drink a lot of water, stretch, and eat a high carb pre-game meal.

  1. Why do you play basketball? (is it fun, friends, a good workout, leadership opportunities, etc.)

Honestly, I love basketball, my mom and dad played basketball, so I grew up with it. Basketball attracts such wonderful people, and I love playing with them, exercising, and having fun!

  1. What is your favorite sports movie and why?

A league of their own, I watched it so many times when I was younger. I love the league of their own because its very inspirational!

  1. How have the teams you’ve played for in the past helped you to become a better player/teammate?

The teams I’ve played before help me improve in my weaknesses, every mistake is an opportunity to get better!

  1. How do you balance sports with school and your other responsibilities?

At first it was challenging for me to balance sports and school, but after a while I have managed my time better, getting my homework done and studying for tests. 

  1. How do you memorize new plays/techniques? 

Practice, practice is the best way to memorize and learn plays!

Morgan Crain, Freshman, Freshman Girls Basketball Team

  1. Is basketball your favorite sport? If so, why? If not, what is your favorite sport and why?

Yes, basketball is my favorite sport because I love the fast-action of the game, and how nice all my teammates are!

  1. What is it like playing with your sister on the same team?

I love having my twin on the same team with me because we can support each other no matter what mistakes we make, even though we get in fights sometimes. 🙂

  1. Are you ever worried about getting injured? Why or why not?

I am not worried about getting injured in practice, but in games I am not that careful. I am sometimes nervous about pulling a muscle when I don’t stretch a lot, but overall I am not that worried about serious injuries 

  1. Is there a person or group of people you wish could watch you play at every game? Why?

I always hope my both parents and step-parents come to my games, but I don’t like it if a whole crowd comes to my games, my grandma invites her whole neighborhood. 

  1. How do you prepare for a game? (do you listen to music, eat specific food, relax, etc.)

Usually on a game day I drink protein smoothies and bring a lot of healthy snacks, also I sometimes listen to music to calm down my nerves. 

  1. Why do you play basketball? (is it fun, friends, a good workout, leadership opportunities, etc.)

I started basketball when my mom put me in a league when I was 7, me and Taylor were the youngest girls there and only made one basket that whole season. But I tried out in 7th grade because my mom got a scholarship for basketball, and I wanted to try and follow in her footsteps. I made the b team in 7th grade, and then the a team in 8th. 

  1. What is your favorite sports movie and why?

My favorite sports movie is A League of Their Own, because I love how the women in the movie overcome every stereotype and become the best softball team in the league, encouraging women everywhere to follow their dreams. 

  1. How have the teams you’ve played for in the past helped you to become a better player/teammate?

Yes, being on the b team in 7th grade helped me because we were crushed every game, but we learned from our mistakes every single time and even if we were terrible, I still learned so much from that season. Being on the a team and being a point guard, facing a lot of intimidating girls really helped me become better at facing my opponents with confidence. Also on the a team, everything is very serious and there is no goofing off which was the exact opposite in b team practices. 

  1. How do you balance sports with school and your other responsibilities?

Doing sports and school requires you to be organized and very on top of your work. I fill all of my tutorials and tiger time with studying or doing homework for a class. 

  1. How do you memorize new plays/techniques? 

In middle school I would create songs about the plays, who I pass to, or who shoots. I would probably sound like a crazy person singing “the wing, it screens down, the point, would dribble for a layup.” But now I just do repetition and quiz myself to remember where we go on defense.

Goodbye High School, Love Seniors

Dripping Springs High School is about to become “old stomping grounds,” for a lot of us. I can guarantee these past four years were not easy for any of us (students, teachers, and parents alike). On behalf of the class of 2021, The Class of COVID, let’s get to unpack these past four years together.

Despite the ups and downs that we all experienced throughout high school, it is hard to not feel nostalgic while looking back at a time before Tik Tok. With the rise of social media at an all-time high when we first stepped into high school, the trends were shifting at a very fast pace. 

From what I recall from freshman year it was all about Snapchat. Snap Maps had just been released and everyone was stalking each other. Arguably, it was the creepiest trend of the year…

Then, freshman year blended into sophomore year and Dripping Springs got its very own Starbucks at the same time that we were all getting our driver’s licenses. This made for a very broke and very caffeinated sophomore year, but at least we were getting all our work done. Without Starbucks I’m not sure if any of us would have survived the AP English unit over East of Eden.

Before we knew it we were juniors. May we always remember the parking crisis of 2019, when we had to be at school an hour early to get a somewhat decent parking spot. It wasn’t all bad though, at least we were all hitting our daily step goal walking to and from our cars. Coinciding the parking crisis was the rise of Tik Tok. Thinking back on it, the number of people filming Tik Toks as I was trying to walk to class bothered me, but now I know that app was one of the only things entertaining us during the first COVID lockdown. We will always remember leaving for Spring Break and not coming back the second half of our junior year. 

Now, we are seniors. It happened faster than we thought it would and I bet most of our lives look a lot different than they did four years ago. Some of us went back to in-person school and some of us chose to stay remote, but somehow the majority of us managed to make the most of this crazy year. Now, we are thinking about Graduation. It’s like the finish line at the end of a twelve-year race and we are all about to cross it together. Nobody can deny that our high school careers looked a little different than most, but we got through the hard times with the help of amazing teachers, parents, and friends. On behalf of the seniors, goodbye Dripping Springs High School and thank you for all we have learned inside and outside of the classroom.

By Sam Moore, Co Editor-in-Chief

Feature photo by Riordan Tiller

Know-it-All, or Do They? The Secret Skill of Arguing

Anyone who works with other customers whether it’s a restaurant franchise or a store, you know that you get customers who believe they know everything despite being completely wrong. When going into work, you’re taught the phrase “the customer is always right” to maintain a friendly relationship with your customers so they don’t get angry with you. And for the most part, this little phrase works when the other person (the customer) cooperates nicely with you, but then there’s the customers who aren’t so sweet about it. What is funny is that you get people who come in who are so insistent that they are definitely wrong, except they’re so wrong it’s painful and what’s funny is that you most likely know what you’re doing due to hours of work and training, yet they don’t work there and know what’s true and not. This little phrase is supposed to be harmless, but so far it’s only provided unnecessary anger and fights. Like, sorry Karen, but I think I know the correct price of your food, I’m sorry it’s not good enough for you. So is the customer ever actually right? 

By Sierra Trbovich, staff writer

Featured photo by Icons8 Team on Unsplash

Donations for Debt: Solutions to the Ongoing Student Financial Problem

A common cry from the younger people of this country is that they are swimming in student debt, unable to pay it off. Why? Because college is so expensive these days that it seems impossible to pay for it unless you were born into money. Families scramble to scrape every penny they can and for the unlucky students whose family will not help with the cost, are forced to work constantly for even the slightest repreve.

There have been many solutions presented, some more reasonable than others. The idea of free college is intriguing, but if higher education was made accessible for everyone, how would we recruit students into the military right out of high school without the promise of paying for college? How would we keep generations of poorer people in low income, but essential jobs, without the unavailability of a college education. 

Rather than making college free, I present an alternative solution that would benefit not only the students swimming in debt, but also incoming students who want to avoid that debt all together.

You may not be aware, but the human body is an incredibly valuable resource. Many chemicals that are hard to find anywhere else can be harvested from human tissue. And, as I’m sure you are aware, with the current technology we are able to transplant organs from donors into the bodies of people whose organs are not functioning properly. Now typically a donor is someone who had died, but there are several organs that are the exceptions to the rule.

Some scientists estimate that if you were able to harvest every organ and chemical in a human body you would be able to make about $45 million dollars, but, to do so you would have to take some vital organs. However, a single kidney is estimated to go for about $260,000 and a liver can be worth about $560,000. Even a single eye can be about $1,500. Considering that the average student debt is about $33,000, it would provide an alternative to working for the rest of your life to pay it off. If you are in possession of a uterus, you could even make $10,000 per cycle for donating your eggs. And this is just some of the things that can be donated while still alive.

In an added advantage, donating certain organs such as the liver, would inhibit college students’ ability to consume alcohol. If a student had only one kidney after donation, they must take care of that one kidney by eating well and exercising regularly. Classes would not be any more difficult with only one eye, especially classes that do not require precision measurements such as english and business. If limb transplants one day become possible, students would still be able to function well with only one arm or leg.

This method of paying for college or for paying off student loans, offers many benefits to problems that go beyond just college payments. The amount of people waiting for an organ transplant grows each day and is a matter of life and death. College students are young and healthy and a great source of human organs, and would be compensated well for their contributions.

Why complain and worry about the crushing weight of student debt when there is a glaringly obvious solution staring us right in the face. Not only would it save the lives of those desperately in need of a new organ, but would take weight off the students who feel that there is no way to go to college.

By Shelby Johnson, contributing writer

Featured photo by Will Liebe

Students Need a Break from Standardized Testing

During the current school year, students will continue to take the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness or the STAAR test despite the months of school’s missed. By not taking the STAAR test it allows students to focus on their personal lives and other problems they are facing during this year without adding the pressure of preparing for the test.

One of the main problems that have completely changed the world is the COVID-19 virus that started to spread throughout the world in later 2019 and early 2020. This has caused a setback and even caused students to become behind the needed curriculum. Also as many schools have used at-home learning there have been more challenges students have faced. In a poll from Active Minds, 38 percent of students are having a hard time focusing on their work from home and found the work stressful. It’s more important to focus on the needed information than spending time in class preparing for the STAAR test when there’s more important information that is needed to be learned.

With the pandemic, students have also had to learn to navigate their lives and adjust to this drastic change. A lot of these children and teens have had their personal lives turned around. With the younger generation having to stay inside due to quarantine it can lead to a feeling of isolation, depression, and even anxiety. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention most visits the ER have been because of mental health issues. Before someone can focus on school and even the STAAR test a student needs to deal with their mental health because it affects how a person functions and goes through their daily life. 

 During this time at home, there has also been a decrease in the amount that the students have learned. According to KHOU, Texas students have lost an average of 3.2 months of learning. With this in mind, this shows what the outcome of the tests may be despite them not even having been taken yet. Knowing that students have lost months of learning most likely the test scores will be lower because students have not been able to absorb information fast enough or haven’t learned all the information needed for these tests. 

A person could argue that despite knowing the outcome it still helps teachers gauge what they need to teach better. However, this year the results will not be as effective because they will show what they’ve learned during a year that has been like no other. Thus the tests will not show fully accurate information on what needs to be improved teaching-wise within schools.

The solution to the STAAR tests is letting the schools administer a test for themselves to see what they individually need to do differently. It will help save resources by running it through the whole state and will lower the pressure on the students as well. By taking away standardized tests this year students will be able to focus on things more important to them during a time that is new too many.

By Abby Hernandez, staff writer

Featured photo by Nguyen Dang Hoang Nhu on Unsplash

Sheer Ignorance: The Dangers of Lax Safety Rules, A Proposal to Fix Them

In the times of the COVID-19 Pandemic, schools need to ensure the safety of both students and the community. While, for the most part, this has been successful, there is one detail that needs to be addressed: sheer ignorance by the masses. First, I will state my concerns and their implications. Then, I will give my proposal to (hopefully) solve this situation at DSHS.

Now, what am I talking about? Well, for the past few months, I have observed many students not wearing their masks appropriately, in the sense that they don’t wear masks over their entire faces. This is most certainly intentional, and it just comes to show that many don’t know the gravity of the situation. Lives are literally on the line, and people who violate public safety don’t seem to understand this.

However, what’s also shocking is how anti-maskers have repeatedly been able to get away with safety violations. In almost all of the cases I have seen, they were not even called out for their violations. Nobody around even said a thing. This exposes the lack of willingness to enforce rules and is an evident flaw in the school’s management of COVID-19 guidelines. 

This leads to my proposal: create harsher punishments for those caught violating safety rules. Do they want to violate mask rules? Detention it is. They repeatedly violate safety rules, suspend them from in-person learning. The current guidelines don’t seem to be curbing the ignorance of people, so make them understand that their actions are taken seriously. Make them understand that what they are doing is unacceptable. Now that more contagious variants of the Coronavirus have arrived in America, protections against the virus are needed more than ever.

People may say that harsher rules are ethically wrong. They are not. In comparison, lives take much precedence over the opinions of people. Connecting to the reason behind my proposal, it must be commonly understood that mask-wearing and other rules are not a game. As I said, it’s not a matter of control, it’s a matter of public safety.

By Alec Stuart, News Editor

Featured photo by Kayla Cox