Honors and Awards - High School

  • High School Pride

    • In the 2020-21 Lone Star Cup standings, Dripping Springs High School finished in a tie for seventh place in Conference 5A with 74 points. The top-10 finish was the fourth straight for the Tigers (excluding the 2019-20 year, which was not awarded).
    • Dripping Springs had a graduation rate of 100 percent in 2021; approximately 95 percent of students pursue higher education.
    • The Class of 2021 logged 20,871 hours of community service and received more than $6.4 million in scholarship offers.

     

    ACADEMICS:

    • Senior Mitchell Bockelman was selected as a National Merit finalist in the 2020-21 competition. Eleven other Dripping Springs students were recognized as Commended Scholars in the National Merit Competition. Banton
    • Twenty students were recognized as College Board National Recognition Program Scholars in 2021. 
    • Senior and valedictorian Makayla Banton was selected as an NHS Scholarship semifinalist, one of just 575 students nationwide.
    • The number of DSHS students benefiting from dual-enrollment opportunities has increased significantly in recent years. Dual enrollment allows students to simultaneously earn high school and college credits. DSHS currently offers 13 ACC (Austin Community College) courses and six through the University of Texas OnRamps program. A total of 493 students are enrolled in college-level courses. By the end of the 2020-21 school year, 207 juniors had earned at least 12 dual credit hours and 209 seniors had completed 24 or more dual credit hours.
    • Senior Connor Miller was recognized as the first student in school history to graduate with an associate’s degree, thanks to dual-enrollment courses.
    • DSHS offers 25 Advanced Placement (AP) courses and 674 students took at least one AP class in 2020-21. Each year, a high percentage of DSHS students taking exams score high enough to earn credit at most universities. Of the 868 tests taken in 2021, 73 percent received a score of 3 or higher; that figure is much higher than state and national averages.
    • U.S. News & World Report included DSHS in its 2020 national rankings of top high schools, awarding the designation of “Silver Medal” school.
    • In 2020, DSHS students scored well above state and national averages on both the ACT and SAT college entrance exams. Dripping Springs' average ACT score of 23.6 topped the state and national averages by 14.5 and 13.5 percent, respectively. On the SAT, DSHS students' average score (1173) bettered those of their peers in the state and nation by 16.1 and 11.6 percent, respectively.
    • A total of 166 high school students received recognition for exceptional achievement on Advanced Placement (AP) exams taken in the spring of 2020, 10 students were National AP Scholars and 62 were selected as AP Scholars with Distinction.

     

    ROBOTICS/ENGINEERING/SCIENCE:

    • A record 97 students obtained industry and work-ready certifications through Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs in 2021. A total of 102 certifications were earned across a variety of career pathways, including health science, biotechnology, business, agriculture, engineering, and floral design.
    • The Dripping Springs BEST Robotics Team captured the 2020 BEST Simulink Design Award at the Texas BEST Regional Championship. Only one team earns the award in each of the three BEST regions across the country.

     

    ATHLETICS:SOCCER

    • The girls’ soccer team captured their first state championship in 2021, finishing the season with a 27-1-1 record. Six players were named to the state all-tournament team and goalkeeper Caroline Dill was named MVP.
    • A total of 28 senior student-athletes signed National Letters of Intent to continue their playing careers at the collegiate level in 2020-21.
    • In the fall of 2020, the girls’ cross country team and one male runner qualified for the state meet. The girls finished fourth, with runners Maddie Livingston and Kate Ginther placing among the top 20, and Caleb Lopez was 15th on the boys’ side.
    • The volleyball team captured the regional title and advanced to the state tournament semifinals, finishing the season with a 22-6 record.
    • In team tennis, the Tigers were bi-district and area champs.  
    • The Tiger football team claimed a bi-district championship and advanced to the area round of the playoffs.
    • Both the boys’ and girls’ Tiger swim teams won district and regional titles, and qualified for the state meet in six events (four individual and two relays).
    • Senior wide receiver Cameron O’Banan’s 410 receiving yards and six TDs in a game last fall was the top performance in the nation for the 2020 season.
    • The boys’ basketball team advanced to the area round of the playoffs.
    • The boys’ soccer team went undefeated in district play and advanced to the regional semifinals, finishing the season with a 23-1-3 record.
    • Eight boys’ and girls’ soccer players were named to the all-state team by the Texas Association of Soccer Coaches.
    • The boys’ wrestling team captured district and regional championships, while qualifying nine wrestlers for the state tournament. Christian Prehar finished fifth in his weight class at the state competition.
    • Tennis players Henry Lovelace and Whitney Robbins advanced to the state tournament in mixed doubles after finishing second at the regional competition.
    • Four track athletes qualified for the state meet with Maddie Livingston taking third place in the 3,200 meters.
    • Softball won the district title and advanced to the playoffs.
    • The baseball team advanced to the regional finals for the first time in 23 years, finishing the season with a school-record 30 wins.

     

    MUSIC:

    • Two students were named to the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) 5A All-State Band in 2020-21: Hennah Hajari (bassoon) and Drew Wilson (alto sax).
    • Dripping Springs ISD was honored for the second straight year with the “Best Communities for Music Education” designation from the NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education.Lane
    • Of the 21 choir students who submitted recordings for the second round (pre-area) of TMEA all-state auditions, a school-record 13 qualified for area auditions. 
    • In 2021, Brody Lane became just the sixth student in school history to be named an all-state selection in choir and the first to accomplish the feat in nine years.
    • Ten choir students qualified for the 2021 Texas State Solo and Ensemble Contest.
    • The Tiger Band was invited to perform for the 2021 TMEA Clinic/Convention, one of just a few ensembles receiving this honor.
    • Four band students qualified for the 2021 UIL State Solo and Ensemble competition.
    • The DSHS wind ensemble, concert band and symphonic band received top ratings at the 2021 UIL Concert and Sight-Reading Festival.
    • The Tiger Marching Band advanced to the 2019 UIL State Competition after finishing in second place at the Area event. The DSHS Tiger Band has qualified for six out of the last seven state competitions.

     

    PERFORMING AND VISUAL ARTS:OAP

    • DSHS won top honors with their production of “Woyzeck” at the district UIL One-Act Play contest in 2021. Five students earned district accolades and four were honored at the bi-district competition.
    • The Hi-Steppers, Dazzlers, and officers all claimed the Sweepstakes and Judges Award at the 2021 Texas State Dance Championship for scoring a 90 or higher from every judge on all dances.
    • Hi-Steppers captain Peyton Beck participated in the 2021 Texas Dance Educators Association All-State Dancer program and received all-state honors.
    • Three students were awarded 2021 all-state honors in the Visual Arts Scholastic Event (VASE): Katherine Ferno, Grace Maddux, and Melissa Richardson. A total of 18 students earned regional medals.

     

    SPEECH AND DEBATE/WRITING:

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    • Katherine Mihaly and Jackson Kaiser placed second at the 2021 UIL CX Debate State Tournament after winning the district competition.
    • Jackson Kaiser placed fourth out of 752 competitors in Extemporaneous Debate at the 2021 National Speech and Debate Tournament. Kaiser, Katherine Mihaly, Lizzie Galassini, Daniel Hearne and Brett Banks represented DSHS in the World Schools Debate competition at the national tournament, placing in the top 16 among approximately 220 schools from across the United States, Canada, China and Taiwan. 
    • All three regional qualifiers from Dripping Springs advanced to the finals of the UIL Region 13 Congress Tournament, making DSHS the only school in the region to accomplish that feat. Lily Claire Kroll placed second overall and qualified for the 2021 state tournament. Amanda Davis and Lizzie Galassini also were regional finalists.
    • Debaters Lizzie Galassini, Lily Claire Kroll, and Katherine Mihaly were named Academic All-Americans in 2021.
    • Ten students qualified for the Texas Forensics Association 2021 state tournament. Three students advanced to the elimination rounds with Eli Craddock advancing to the semifinal round in Humorous Interpretation.
    • Three speech and debate students qualified for the 2021 UIL State Meet. Lizzie Galassini and Lily Claire Kroll were regional champions in Persuasive Extemporaneous Speaking and Informative Extemporaneous Speaking, respectively. Daniel Hearne qualified in Lincoln-Douglas Debate and placed fifth at the state competition.
    • In 2021, Lizzie Galassini took first place in the Texas Association for Pupil Transportation School Bus Safety Speech Contest for her grade level.
    • Seven students qualified to compete in the 2021 state Youth in Government competition and senior Cady Russell claimed the state title in broadcast journalism.
    • Six journalism students were among 1,400 students nationally recognized by being inducted into the 2021 Journalism Honor Roll by the National Scholastic Press Association: Ramsey Hutton, Savannah Karas, Samantha Moore, Evelyn Peterson, Isabella Roske, Cady Russell.
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    • Paw Print, the DSHS newspaper, earned “First Place” distinction from the American Scholastic Association for the 2020-21 school year. DSHS was one of just two Texas high schools to earn the honor.
    • In the fall of 2020, senior Lauren Sanders was one of 100 students selected nationally to be published by the iWRITE Nonprofit Organization.

     

    AG/DECA/OTHER:

    • At the 2021 Hays County Livestock Show, projects of four DSISD students received Grand Champion honors, five were Reserve Grand Champions, and four were Breed Champions. Kadin Tovar was chosen as the Champion Senior Showman in the Cattle Show.
    • The Dairy Cattle and Environmental/Natural Resource Education teams qualified for the 2021 state competition.
    • DECA students Eli Craddock and Jackson Kaiser placed second at the 2021 International Career Development Conference in Sports and Entertainment Marketing Team Decision-Making, while Teagan Krewson was a sixth-place finisher in Entrepreneurship Series. 
    • DECA advanced a school-record 11 students to the state finals, while 28 students qualified for the state competition, the second-most in school history.
    • Health Science students Natalie Chavez, Trevor Burk and Tirth Patel were HOSA international qualifiers in 2021. Natalie Chavez placed first at state in Prepared Speaking, while Trevor Burk and Tirth Patel placed in the top 10 percent in the Healthcare Issues Exam. In all, eight students were state qualifiers.
    • Lily Stone and Jenna Hodsden placed first and third, respectively, in the Goethe Institute’s “Utopian Thinkers Wanted” national competition in 2020.