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A Little Blue in a Sea of Red

In high school, students are often living in a bubble where their only concerns are their GPAs and social life. However, a new club has recently surfaced and is filled with kids who added a very different and important topic to that list: politics.

The Young Democrats club was made two months ago in hopes of getting the student body involved in the 2016 presidential election. Their club, was founded by Mia Haraguchi and Josh King and is sponsored by the one and only John Adams. Given the recent formation of the club, many are confused as to exactly what it is.

Co-President Josh King stated, “The Young Dems club is a club focused on community service, based on morning meetings where members discuss their common interest and differing opinions about national and global issues.”

It’s no secret that Dripping Springs, being in the center of a traditionally red state, is a conservative town. The Young Democrats was born on the idea of becoming a forum where students can discuss their political views when they otherwise felt they had no place to do so.

“The club originated when me and Mia Hariguchi noticed a Young Republicans club at our school but not a Young Democrats and felt it was a poor representation of the entire student body,” King said.

This club is almost exclusively run by the members and its leaders, King, Hariguchi, Henri Bink, Meredith Anderson, Emily Barefield, and Liliana Reyes. With a group so passionate about helping their community become a safer more accepting place, there has already been many projects put into place. During election month, the group got together to canvas voters and even create signs advertising the Clinton campaign. However, the Young Democrats don’t only go to work during election season. With many service activities coming up, the biggest will be to walk in the Austin Women’s March in January 2017.  

“At a time where a lot of women are feeling their reproductive rights and their safety in general is being threatened, it’s important for the DSHS Young Dems to march and show support and solidarity with women,” junior Gillian Bynum said.

 Whether they’re in the minority or not, all members of the club have made it their mission to create a safer, more accepting atmosphere at Dripping Springs High School where everyone can feel free to express their beliefs, no matter how far to the right or left they are.

In response to what kind of kids should join Young Democrats Josh King said, “Even if they’re not a huge democrat, I still think it’s a fun place filled with a group of free thinking people who are accepting of all. Throughout the year, we will be discussing topics many may not know about, so hopefully it will be a good opportunity to learn more about the world around you and maybe even yourself.”

So, if you feel passionate about  political progress, or just need a place of support, check out the Young Democrats club in John Adams’ room Friday mornings. It is guaranteed you find those who are ready and to delve deeper into conversation to excite change.

“I see the Young Dems as a way to let our voices be heard, and conversations opened so we can enact change,” senior Mariah Chappell said. “No meaningful dialogue stems from just one source, or even two sources, or even three. It’s a matter of including all voices we can so we can work towards the common goal of improving our society.”

 

Written by Liliana Reyes

Staff Writer

L.E.A.P. leads school in environmental change

She sat outside and just observed. Observed the world around her, that is. Though junior Julia Roldan had always known that today’s environment was not the best from where she sat, at that moment it was a complete eye opener. The trash that littered the concrete curbs, the construction machines that could not be seen but heard, and the people walking by and throwing away paper and other recyclables right into the trash – and that’s if they even managed to bother to try and get it in the trash can itself. It was mortifying; it made her stomach churn with guilt and frustration for her world.

“I realized that if I didn’t do anything, no one else really would either.” Roldan said.

So Roldan did what she thought was the only possible way to help the environment, she made a club.

This club is called L.E.A.P., an acronym that stands for Leaders of Environmental Awareness and Protection. Roldan gathered her friends that she knew would also instinctively want to help the environment, and that’s how it came to be an official club by the New Year. AP environmentalist teacher Jamie Biel sponsors the club and the meetings are held bi-weekly on Fridays in the mornings from 8:20 to 8:50 in Biel’s classroom.

“L.E.A.P. is about general awareness of the environment,” Roldan said. “My passion for raising awareness for the environment can be traced back to from when I was younger and picked up a love for things involving biology.”

This is not limited, however, to just Roldan herself. Other members of the club stated the same claim concerning their level of passion for the subject.

“Why the environment, you say?” Junior Shannon James asked. “It’s simple really, though there were several other clubs I could have joined, the topic this club stands for is important to me. Not only do I wish for myself to make an impact, but I want to persuade other people to see and help fix the danger Earth’s environment is currently facing through L.E.A.P..”

With the new semester starting off, all the members of the club were happy to relay that they have several activities planned for the club that will get the community involved.

“Well for one, on the week of Earth Day, we want to make it an Earth week that will raise awareness,” Senior Gabriel Chavez said. “The week would consists of several different themes relating to the environment and us handing out stickers to people who participate in the events of those days. At the end of the week, we would award the person who took the most amount of action to help the environment.”

According to the club members, that is only one of the many ideas they have. They hope through doing these ideas that the community will begin to take greater action towards preserving the environment.

L.E.A.P., on paper, is about getting people to pay attention to the environment. But to the people in L.E.A.P., it’s about making a difference and taking action on a matter that most can’t be bothered to be concerned about. It is because of that, that they are filled with an undying eagerness to pour all their efforts into forming the club into something long term.

“In the end, we’re just like any other teenagers trying to make a change about something that we believe in.” James said.

Kerry James

Staff Writer

Frisbee, hobby or sport?

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Golden Dactyl frisbee team at DSHS

Is frisbee just a fun hobby or is it a serious sport? This is a heavily debated topic with a lot of factors to consider. In order to achieve an answer, one must establish the true definition of a sport, a game, and a competition. Currently, most of society considers frisbee to be more of a game rather than a sport while the players see it as a highly active and competitive sport. There lies the controversy, who is right?

Frisbee, or ultimate as some call it, is an event that takes skill, strength, teamwork, versatility, and athleticism. Some see ultimate as football with a plastic disk. The DSHS frisbee team employs tackles, leaps, and dives during their practices and even has a few competitions planned this fall. When tensions are high, it becomes much more than throwing a disk around. Ultimate is one aggressive past time.

When reviewing the definitions of a sport and a game, the similarity is unbelievable. A sport is defined as ‘an activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment’. A game is shown to be ‘a form of play or sport, especially a competitive one played according to rules and decided by skill, strength, or luck’.

After watching team ‘Dude Perfect’ engage in ultimate, the amount of dexterity, versatility, and accuracy involved is obvious. The athletes put forth a lot of effort to get the disk to go where they want. Ultimate is as physical as any other sport and should be recognized as such, even US Ultimate is now recognized by the Olympics.

Frisbee should be seen as a sport by the general public, especially since it has been declared one by the Olympics, which is an international athletic organization. As a frisbee enthusiast, I understand how it can be seen as a fun game. However, once teams are formed, ultimate becomes more than throwing a plastic disk back and forth. If a disagreement arises, the International Olympic Committee should be available to settle any argument about the sport’s new status.

Written by Nifa Kaniga

Staff Writer