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IMG_1779.JPGThere aren’t many things that high schoolers consider “perfect” or, for that matter, “a night to remember.” However, when it comes to prom, with the red carpet, the air bursting with an atmosphere of joy and laughter, and the countless number of friends making the best of memories, it’s about as close to a perfect night as you can get.

Prom night focuses all around the extravagant dresses, the tuxes and suits, the fancy dinners, and the countless pictures that keep that night alive for many years to come.

All of it is what makes prom, prom. So much preparation is put into planning it from the Junior Student Council and teacher sponsors. This year, prom was left in the capable hands of sponsors, Ms. Wright and Mrs. Gore. It took place on May 14 and was hosted on UT grounds with a Hollywood theme. For most, it was a magical and memorable night that certainly lived up to its hype.

“This year prom was amazing,” prom queen Kayla Ashman said. “The theme was carried out well and the venue was really cool. It was also really fun to be there with all of my friends.”

Ashman isn’t the only one who feels this way. Many of those that went to prom recall that what made it so fun was that they were able to spend it with their friends. Everyone was able to build lasting memories around the laughs and good times they had with their friends.

“Prom was definitely memorable because of being there with my friends,” said Junior Mallory Bush. “Especially since I’m friends with a lot of seniors, it was like the last hoorah before they graduate.”

The setup of prom was another factor that allowed it to be such a great success. From the lavish red carpet to the food selection, which varied from macaroni bars to vanilla strawberry cupcakes, the Hollywood theme was perfectly executed.

“Prom was very enjoyable, people wanted to stay at the actual prom this year,” prom king Geoff Tyler said. “I think the planners did a very good job and hope they continue to make it enjoyable for us students.”

Tyler is correct to think that the planners did a thorough job. Junior Gabi Hendrix, a member of Junior planning committee, explains all the processes that they had to go through in order to make sure that prom was magnificent and breathtaking.

“We had people planning for everything,” Hendrix said. “There were people handling the fundraising, the decorations, the advertisement, the food, and the entertainment. Then in the end, everyone came together and it all worked out very smoothly.”

The fundraisers consisted of a fundraiser at Schlotzsky’s and TCBY, who donated a portion of their profits to the prom effort. The ticket sales were also a great contribution to paying off all the costs. The pinnacle of prom night can be given to the announcement of prom king and queen. Ashman and Tyler were crowned with these titles. They two of them have been dating since freshman year, and both claim that it was the event that made prom most memorable for them. Even beyond that, they claim that being crowned king and queen was the highlight of their high school careers.

“The feeling of winning prom king was indescribable,” Tyler said. “Having all your peers vote for you is an amazing feeling. The whole experience was all around fun. Kayla and I got to dance and have everyone watch us. Neither of us are the best dancers though, so I bet it was funny to watch.”

Ashman shares the same feelings. She says that it was such a special moment that it was like something out of a movie. Tyler had even planned to use skydiving as a prom proposal, but unfortunately the plan failed. However, the winning of prom king and queen definitely made up for it. Prom, for everyone this year, was splendid in all that it offered.

Prom 2016. That’s what all the students will remember when they are digging through their high school sentiments ten years from now. It is evident in all the pleasant memories everyone shares that no one’s expectations were let down.

Senior Spotlights: Color Guard

Varsity color guard performing in the gym at DSHS.

As the end of the school year approaches, competitive seasons are ending for many of the teams at Dripping Springs High School. This includes our school’s colorguard team.

Seniors Amber Chavez and Chloe Willcox joined color guard long ago, not knowing what to expect.

“My sister and I used to see color guard before we were even in high school, we used to see the band out on the field and all those girls running around with flags and rifles. We were interested to see what it was. We wanted to do it, but my mother kept telling us no because we were tight on money,” she said. “I asked one of my friends, Chloe, if I should join guard and she said that I should do it. I asked her what we did in color guard and she told me that we played games. We do not just play games, but that’s how I ended up joining.”

“I didn’t really know what it was when I started,” Willcox said. “But my friend brought me to try outs with her and I ended up loving it.”

Willcox has now been an officer on the team for 2 years.

“I’m 1st lieutenant. During marching band we break up into groups and we have our own little sections that we help,” she said. “People look up to us and ask us bout what’s going on and they come to us for help.”

Both girls have different ideas of what they want to do with their future.

“After high school I’m not going to continue doing guard,” Chavez said, “I’m going to be going to Abilene Christian University to major in multi-media”

“Next year I’m going to school, but I’ve been thinking about joining an independent group, which is a colorguard team that’s not connected with a school,” Willcox said. “It would be exciting if I got into one of those.”

The team works hard together to achieve their goals and make each other better.

“I think a strong characteristic on the team is friendship. Its what really brings us together,” Willcox said. “Some of us might be having a bad day, but then we’ll just come to guard and everybody makes us in a better mood and helps each other out when we’re going through hard times. It’s really cool.”

Both girls have grown over their time on the team.

“What’s changed since I joined the team was my comfort level,” Chavez said. “When I started out in guard I wasn’t very comfortable with dancing or doing anything. I didn’t know how to dance at all. This year we do handstands and stuff like that. We do a bunch of different crazy dancing things. Before I couldn’t do a handstand to save my life, but now I’m doing handstands in shows. It’s just being able to be free and being able to be yourself and opening up and getting really weird. They aren’t going to judge you for it. It’s just really about opening up and just being yourself.”

“I’ve definitely learned how to work hard and also about time management, because it was hard to balance school and everything,” Willcox said. “The culture of the team has changed. When I first started we weren’t as close and connected, but now we’re like one giant family and it’s really awesome.”

Both girls appreciate their time on the team.

“I’m really sad that it’s over but at the same time I’m so glad that I got to experienced it,” Willcox said. “It was a really awesome time for me.”

Willcox and Chavez wish upcoming colorguard teams the best of luck.

“Just work your hardest and do your best because people are always going to be there to help you and just stay close to each other. That’s really important.” Willcox said.

“You’re going to have rough days, you’re going to have good and bad days. You just have to stick it out and remember that you’re all working for the common goal, Chavez said, “which is to get better and make it the best that you can be. So don’t give up because it’s going to get better.”

Story by Veronica Lopez

Staff Writer

JD Huff is crowned Mr. Tiger

Huff performing the famous vote for Pedro dance from “Napoleon Dynamite.”

You only get one chance. One chance to stand out. One chance to show the audience that you deserve to win the title of Mr. Tiger 2016.

After a formal wear competition, a swimsuit competition, a talent competition, and a group dance, the judges tallied up their scores. In third place was Jacob Thomas. In second was Tate Lewis. And after a long drum role and a lot of anticipation, JD Huff was crowned as Mr. Tiger 2016.

Huff was able to win the judges over by wearing a blue suit covered in clouds for the formal wear competition, breaking into a spontaneous dance to “Eye of the Tiger” during the swimsuit competition, and finishing off with the talent competition by demonstrating a swift display of his magic trick through making milk disappear and doing the famous vote for Pedro dance from “Napoleon Dynamite.”

“I originally entered because my sister’s friend nominated me,” Huff said. “And though I was a little nervous for things like my magic trick, I was sure I had everything down for my overall performance.”

Huff’s magic trick of pouring milk into a newspaper and making it disappear was executed very successfully. On top of that, his Napoleon Dynamite dance ensured that both the judges and the audience were laughing uncontrollably. He accredits the smoothness of this process to the one who prepared the Tiger Pageant this year.

“It was actually very well prepared by Meghan Hix,” he said. “They told us when to go and everything so it was pretty easy and straightforward for us.”

Not only was Huff able to walk away with the title of Mr. Tiger, but he also claimed this title to be the equivalent of crowning himself as the “King” of Drippping Springs High School.

“I got a prom ticket and two gift cards for winning,” Huff said. “And Judianne got three gift cards for being my escort.”

Huff and the other contestants of Mr. Tiger were more than happy to contribute to Project Graduation’s efforts in raising money through the Mr. Tiger event.

Story by Kerry James

Staff Writer

DSHS newspaper among top in nation

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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

Tigers take region at academic UIL

Rylee Matousek (2)Thirteen Dripping Springs High School students traveled to The University of Texas at San Antonio the last Friday and Saturday, April 22-23, to compete in the UIL regional competition.

“The students did really well,” facilitator of learning and innovation, Karen Tiller said. “On Saturday, we competed in computer applications, literary criticism, current events, ready writing, spelling, and news writing.”

Not only did students perform well individually, but several small teams placed as well.

“In spelling we did really well, Michael Martinets placed first in the event, and our team placed second,” Tiller said.

This has been a particularly great year for the Academic UIL groups compared to previous years.

“I think UIL is really robust this year,” Tiller said. “The last several years we’ve had really great, tight-knit teams.”

Although this year has been an extremely successful year for UIL students, the future looks even brighter.

“We’re doing really well,” Tiller said. “We have a great set of coaches, a great group of returning members, so I’m very excited for the future.”

Kara Kothmann, another UIL coach, also enjoyed the trip to San Antonio, although it was a hectic and busy weekend.

“We drove down on Friday, went to the Japanese Tea Garden and had a really nice time before the competition on Saturday,” Kothmann said.

The students have been working around the clock in order to ensure success at their competitions.

“It ended up being a pretty long day,” Kothmann said. “We competed against the other 5A schools, but there were also 6A students there.”

The coaches and students involved in UIL are hopeful that the coming years will be filled with plenty of opportunities for Dripping Springs kids.

“Academic UIL provides a good opportunity for students to go outside of the normal curriculum and compete in things that they’re really interested in,” Kothmann said.

Written by Rylee Matousak

Online Editor

Tiger track takes home bronze

Trevor Heinz and Zack Kovar run for the finish.

Seniors Trevor Heinz and Colton Hawkins, Junior Zack Kovar, and sophomore Bryce Kalsu came in third against thousands of other competing runners in the 4 X 800 at Texas Relays on Saturday.

Though not the case in many states, the 4 X 800 isn’t a required track and field activity in Texas, so it’s still something the students want to work on.

“There is definitely room to improve,” Heinz said. “We went in blind and I know for a fact that we can break eight minutes now that we have a race under our belt.”
Heinz said he enjoyed the team aspect of the 4 X 800 and relying on his teammates, which is different from many events according to head coach Marissa Parks.

“It had a really different dynamic than all running together in a race against each other,” Parks said. “Trying to figure out how to race it strategically as a relay is different so they still have room for improvement.”

Parks said they did an amazing job.

“Trevor had the best time and had the best kick,” Parks said. “What’s amazing is track athletes don’t get the opportunity to run in front of tens of thousands of people.”

Heinz knew that the team would be close to breaking eight minutes.

“Zack gave me the in around 7th place, I tried to pass as many people as I could,” Heinz said. “I luckily had a little energy left in the tank to overtake the guy in third place and finish in our 8:01.”

Parks said it was impressive for the Tigers to take that chance and be able to race in front of all those people at the Texas Relays.

“It’s unusual to have four boys who run that fast in two minutes,” Parks said. “It was exciting to take that chance and be able to race in front of all those people.”

According to Parks, it’s a moment she’ll remember for a long time.

“It’s neat to see good kids who work so hard get to enjoy that,” Parks said. “Getting to see these kids perform and succeed was one of the highlights in my coaching career.”

Jillian Shepperd

Sports Editor

DSHS varsity takes home the win in their first district game against Marble Falls

IMG_0103.JPGThe Dripping Springs varsity baseball team won their first district game of the season on March 21, 2016, against the Marble Falls Mustangs with a final score of 3-2.

While it took the team a while to find their tempo, senior Dalton Warren never had any doubts that the team could not defeat the Mustangs.

“We really found our stride during the seventh inning and that was mainly due to the excitement and the enthusiasm we were all feeling,” said Warren.

This was the much-needed momentum, provided from both the team and the fans, that ultimately turned this game around.

Although the first few innings of the game were quite slow, the Tigers quickly picked up the pace. And since this was the team’s third district game they knew they had to bring the pressure.

“This game was really important because we needed to find our rhythm and start getting the wins,” Warren said.

This hyper-focused and determined mentality was the extra boost of confidence that the Tigers needed before going into this game. Mainly because they had lost the previous two district games against the Cedar Park Timberwolves.

“It was good to see our team really pumped up because we haven’t been playing well,” Jackson said.

Since there was a huge emphasis on the importance of this game, it allowed the young team to find a good speed that they were comfortable playing at. Which was something that the team was lacking up until the last few innings of the game.

“It wasn’t really pressure I was feeling when coach put me in,” said second baseman Jett Jackson. “I was more excited for the win.”

Jackson, who scored the winning run of the entire game, was an asset to the team in its time of need.

Despite the fact that the Tigers won this very significant game, there are still many things that can be improved upon. But this new feeling of team camaraderie will definitely play a huge role in the games to come.

“We can work on every part of the game,” Warren said.

Improvements like these, paired with this sense of unity, will only help the team meet its ultimate goals. With the second half of the district season well underway, these improvements will become more imperative than ever.

And with the 7-10 Dripping Springs Tigers next game against the 13-6 Vista Ridge Rangers, these team enhancements will be clearer than ever.

This highly anticipated away game between Dripping Springs and Vista Ridge will be played on Monday, April 4, and both coaches and players are very excited about it.

“I think these previous wins will be a really good spark for us,” said Jackson.

Morgan Gusella

Staff Writer

Varsity tennis competes in district 5A

KR_0036e Tennis_501 2.jpgThe Dripping Springs Tigers varsity tennis team competed in the District 5A tournament on April 5-6.

This ever important tournament may have stressed the players, but head coach Cary Jackson’s faith in the team never wavered.

“Our results were as expected,” said Jackson. “We compete in a very tough district so i think we played as well as we could.”

Even though this team, as a whole, is very young and still finding their place in the district, this is a monumental step in the right direction for the team as a whole.

Motivation has been a bit of a problem throughout most of this season, but the team has found a new way to make the players excited to play to the best of their abilities.

“Everyone cheers for each other during the matches,” said senior Kirsten Caldwell. “And it really motivates them to play to the best of their abilities.”

And with such a powerful team dynamic present, it is easy to see why the Tigers did so well in this major match.

But like all teams, there is so much that can be improved upon before regionals and even for seasons to come.

“We can continue to practice,” said Jackson. “Not only with matches and drills but also match preparation for tournaments.”

These improvements can only help the inexperienced team reach their ultimate goals. Which would be to compete in the State 5A Tournament, both for this season and for many seasons to come.

But these new advancements in each teammates game has made them love it that much more.

And this could not be more true than for veteran Caldwell.

“Even if you are the underdog,” Caldwell said. “If you are mentally tougher than your opponent you can pull through and beat them.”

Similarly, Coach Jackson is very optimistic when looking at towards the future and what he believes his team can do.
“The future for this team is very bright,” said Jackson. “Dripping Springs is growing so much and people are transferring in with prior experience so I am very excited for what it to come.”

And for Dripping Springs, this is what makes all the difference.


Morgan Gusella

Staff Writer


Open mic night gives students voice

Connor Bailey performs at open mic night

The first ever DSHS open mic night took place in the high school library on the evening of March 31, 2016.

The night was open to anyone and everyone who wanted to attend.

“It was open sign up, there were these QR codes that we put around the school where people could sign up for a slot,” creative writing teacher, Katy Eyberg said. “But we also had a good chunk of people who just came out and were able to perform as well. It was from 6:30-8:30 and we had the whole time filled up.”

The turnout was encouraging to the creative writing students who put on the performance.

“Our class was worried that no one would show up,” sophomore Gillian Bynum said. “But the room was packed and we had no empty seats. It was awesome.”

She believes that the night was beneficial because it allowed students to have a voice that they don’t get otherwise.

“There are not a lot of opportunities in this school to express yourself to your peers through way of poetry and music. Except, maybe, the talent show,” Bynum said. “I think opening up a more inclusive event for students to have voices was really good.”

Senior, Wyatt Cross, believes that the night was really eye-opening as students who don’t normally perform were sharing personal pieces.

“I was surprised by the people who I never thought would get up in front of the crowd and speak,” Cross said. “And they were not only speaking, but performing some of the best self written poetry that I have ever heard or experienced. I think it was definitely a benefit.”

Eyberg thinks it is important for students to have a safe place to express themselves.

“People need a comfortable environment to share stuff that they like and have a supportive atmosphere,” she said.

She was impressed by the talent shown by the students.

“I was very impressed with how everything went,” Eyberg said. “It was just another example of students rising to the occasion, when you give them the opportunity to do so.”

Eyberg was pleased with her students and enjoyed all the performances.

“It was a wonderful way to spend my evening, I wouldn’t have wanted to be anywhere else,” she said.

Written by Jules Peterson


Give blood, save a life


The Blood and Tissue Center of Central Texas visited Dripping Springs High School for the second time this school year on Wednesday. March 23rd.

The drive has been put on by NHS once a semester every school year since club sponsor, Alissa Nevin, began leading the group.

“A long time ago when I first started as a sponsor for NHS a parent suggested it as a service project,” She said “We had a really good response from the students. They felt like it was really worthwhile and really enjoyed doing it.”

Nevin believes that it gives students an easy opportunity to help save a life.

“I have found that teeangers won’t go do it on their own,” she said. “But if we bring it to them they are more willing to take time out of their day to save lives and help other people. So just giving them the opportunity to do something they might not do by themselves.”

NHS treasurer, Monica Oliva, sees the benefits of students giving back by donating blood.

“It’s good to have it done at school,” Oliva said. “Kids feel like that is something they can help out with because they feel like they can give back.’

She was pleased to see the turnout at the most recent blood drive.

“I was impressed by the amount of people who wanted to donate,” Oliva said. ”I think we had more than last time, which is good.”

There are a few requirements that have to be met before donating.

“You have to weigh 115 pounds, you have to have eaten a full meal and drink plenty of water,” nurse Sarah-Beth Torrence said. “You also have to answer medical history questions and cannot give if you have recently visited a restricted country.”

Written by Jules Peterson