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DSHS couples make St. Valentine proud

Valentine’s Day is a day of presents and romance for some, and a day of bitter longing and massive amounts of chocolate for others. Some people love the holiday and the celebration of love while others see it is as a pointless holiday solely created so that flower and card companies can make a large profit off of hopeless romantics. All of these things are done in honor of Saint Valentine, but not many people actually know the legend behind the Saint.

As the legend goes, Valentine was a priest in third-century Rome during the rule of Emperor Claudius II. The Emperor wanted to have a large and intimidating army, but not many of the Roman men wanted to be in his army. Emperor Claudius II thought the reason his army was so small was because all the young men were falling in love, getting married, and having children. So, in attempt to have a more powerful army, he outlawed the marriage of young men. Saint Valentine, who believed in love and thought this was unjust, decided to rebel and continued to marry young couples in secret, but sadly was eventually caught and sentenced to death.

In the spirit of Saint Valentine, we spend one day every year celebrating our love for one another. We build up the courage to finally tell that special someone how we feel about them. We spend weeks planning the perfect date and trying to figure out what kind of gift would best show our significant other how much we truly appreciate them. There are two couples here at Dripping Springs High School whom Saint Valentine would have been especially proud of: Geoffrey Tyler and Kayla Ashman, and Bobby Credeur and Sarah Dodd. These two couples are some of the longest lasting couples in the DSHS senior class.

Sarah Dodd and Bobby Credeur started dating during their 8th grade year in middle school. They were each other’s first Valentine’s and since then, their relationship has only gotten stronger and the two of them are practically inseparable.

“My favorite Valentine’s memory since eighth grade was that one year he painted this heart thing on a canvas for me,” Dodd said. “It was super cute and thoughtful. It made me really happy.”

Ashman and Tyler have not been dating for quite as long as Dodd and Credeur, but they are still just as in love.

“We’ve been dating for a long time,” Ashman said. “It was three years in September, so we’ve been dating for 3 and a halfish years and it’s amazing. One of my favorite things we’ve done was when we celebrated our two year anniversary and went skydiving. That was a lot of fun. It was scary but fun and super intense. I was the one who bought it for the both of us and once we got there I was regretting it and panicking and freaking out. But we both did it and it was so much fun.”

The past few years Tyler has had a lacrosse tournament every Valentine’s Day, so Ashman always goes and supports him in his games and they usually celebrate the next weekend with a nice dinner. Credeur and Dodd decided to keep it simple this year and are celebrating Valentine’s Day by having dinner at Olive Garden.

“My ideal Valentine’s Day date would be taking my girlfriend to a nice fancy dinner and then going to like a play afterwards,” Tyler said.  “I think that would be really romantic. I’ve never done that, but I think it would be really cool.”

Tyler and Ashman are both going to Ole’ Miss next year. Tyler will be on the lacrosse team at the university and they are both very excited. Both couples see many more Valentine’s Days in their futures and can not wait to embark on the journey ahead of them.

Written by Madison Green

Feature Editor

13.1 miles

Taylor’s family made these posters to support her during her half marathon.

On Sunday, January 24th at 7:00 a.m. Taylor McIntyre was two miles into her half marathon. She had just pulled a muscle in her foot and the thought that was dominating her mind was what was she thinking when she signed up to do this.

She looked ahead at the daunting path ahead of her and breathed in the 30°F air. She closed her eyes for a passing moment and the memory of her trainer running beside her shouting in his native tongue, “iyongwe,” which translates to “the Lion,” recurred to her and she remembered that she had the will to do this, that she could do this.

Last weekend the 3m half marathon held its 21st annual running. It was held in downtown Austin and ran all the way from Mopac to the Capital building, making a total of 13.1 miles. Mcintyre said she was adamant to be apart of it and started her training for the long marathon last June.

“I started training with a group called Gilbert’s Gazelles in June,” the senior said. “We would work out Monday through Wednesday and then do long runs on Saturdays. The long runs started at 5 miles and the longest one I did before the marathon was 10 miles.”

Mcintyre also joined the Cross Country team to help train harder for the marathon. She comments that the training process is lots of hard work and requires pushing past set comfort zones. After the training, preparations for when the marathon takes place had to be taken.

“I have something called a spy belt that wraps around your waist and I packed 5 packs of gu,” Mcintyre said. “Gu’s are protein gels, and you take one every 30-40 minutes to energize you. I also brought along sport beans, gu chops, and my inhaler.”

McIntyre has even taken steps to ensure that she will not get too cold or hot during the marathon by buying running clothes from Goodwill and then disposing of the unnecessary layers when they become inconvenient.

“I had my family at different spots along the marathon,” McIntyre said. “They helped cheer me on and retrieve any clothes I ended up taking off.”

She gives credit to her trainer too, for helping her be able to pull through the marathon with success despite hardships like spraining her foot.

“Gilbert Tuhabonye is my trainer and he’s helped me improve considerably,” McIntyre said. “Coach Parks also really helped me to improve. She’s the sweetest person I know and if I can be like her when I grow up, it would be a huge accomplishment.”

McIntyre is glad that she was able to use all her training and preparing to finish the marathon successfully. She says that there’s nothing quite like crossing that finish line and hearing everyone cheer for you. She is definitely looking forward to her next marathon.

Kerry James

Staff Writer

Love strikes gold in debate


After two days of tense debate, DSHS senior Ryan Love won 1st at the 5A State Championship in Congressional Debate on January 13th.

DSHS teacher and debate instructor, Christy Trussell, is very proud of how far her student has come.

“When I first met Ryan, he was a sophomore that was obsessed with triangles and the ‘Illuminati,’” Trussell said. “I like to think we have molded him and shaped him into a much more rational, critical thinker.”

When Love was a novice debater his sophomore year, Trussell began to notice Love’s extraordinary work ethic and dedication.

“Even as a sophomore, he would go home and work on weekends when we didn’t have tournaments and he didn’t need to be working on speech and debate,” Trussell said. “The amount of effort that he put into the class made him stick out.”

Once Love’s potential became apparent, Trussell then began the process of building and shaping the platform Love would begin his debating career on.

“We started to take him to tournaments with the varsity debate team even though he was a novice at the time,” Trussell said. “At the beginning of this year, we focused on beating his own previous records and improving off of them. His hard work and dedication is evidence of how he achieved becoming the State Champion, not just because I witnessed it, but because other students and judges saw that evidence as well.”

Love is grateful to have had such great teachers and mentors throughout his career, especially Trussell.

“She will get in that ring and fight for you,” said Love.

Love says that upon hearing the announcement that he was the State Champion, a sense of enlightenment came upon him because all his efforts were rewarded.

“I was ecstatic and felt that my hard work over the years had paid off,” Love said.

Love is extremely proud looking back on the path he has traveled to get to where he is now.

“Over the three years I’ve been debating, the experiences and memories I have made are amazing,” Love said.

Written by J.T. Dahill

Staff Writer

Upcoming: meet the teacher night

Jules Peterson
Jules Peterson: Editor-In-Chief

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


OPINON: Students have the power to help victims of Syrian conflict

IMG_1391Syria, a small nation in the Middle East, is currently in the midst of a massive civil war, one that has been brewing since 2011, and has finally managed to spill over in the past couple of years. What began with a group of protesters raging peacefully against the government establishment for maltreating 15 schoolchildren has erupted into nationwide war against the president, Bashar al-Assad, by rebel forces.

The conflict has since evolved from a relatively simple for-or-against the presidency to a dangerous fight that includes IS, an extremist Islamic group, the UK, and the US military forces.
However, the real cost of this war is not the damaged political systems, nor the chemical weaponry that is reported to have been used. It’s the civilians. And in particular, the children.

Over 4 million people have left their home country, becoming legal refugees by order of the UN, and over half of them are children. The war has targeted healthcare centers and schools, leaving another 7 million that are internally displaced without proper health services to take care of their children. Those that fled have taken refuge in many of the neighboring countries, but in many of those countries, the infrastructure cannot sustain such a huge influx of people, and many are still living in derelict conditions.

This is, and has been, a huge humanitarian crisis, reportedly the biggest since the Rwandan genocide about 20 years ago. But it doesn’t seem like the world is paying it much mind. Actually, and especially over here in the US, I’d be willing to bet most of us didn’t even know something of this scale was even occurring.

But I don’t fault us for that. We live in a society that is one of the most ethnocentric in the entire world, always has been. A lot of us grew up thinking the American way was the only way, and this has hugely shaped our worldview. We laugh and make fun (though lightly, I’m sure) of people who mispronounce words because their accents are slightly foreign. Ethnic food here consists of Americanized Chinese food, Americanized Italian food, Americanized Mexican food, the list goes on. Most of the Internet is written in English.

Most of the way we’ve grown up really is without knowledge of what’s really happening in the world, and it seems that people are fine with that. But what’s ironic about that is that we also live in a world where most, if not all, of the information we could ever want is right at our fingertips. It allows us to be able to connect with the entire world from any one place on the planet, a truly awesome feat. And we can use that.

It’s important that we educate ourselves. Things are happening in the world, big things, and there are ways we, supposedly lowly high school students, can help. We’re not powerless to the world around us anymore. Syria’s children are crying for help.
Let’s see how loudly we can answer them.

How to help: go online to https://www.mercycorps.org/donate/syria
Or to find out more: go online to http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/16979186

Written by Tricia-Marie Thomas (’16)
Contributing writer