Honors and Awards - Middle School
Middle School Pride
- In February of 2021, Sycamore Springs Middle School was designated as a “Texas School to Watch” in a national recognition program of the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform and the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals.
- SSMS student Caroline Rhodes won first place in the middle school category for the National Center for State Court’s (NCSC) 2021 Civics Education Essay Contest. Her essay was selected among more than 1,800 entries.
- Dripping Springs Middle School eighth-grader Hannah Salazar received Honorable Mention for two poems in the 2021 Southwest Region-At-Large Scholastic Art and Writing Awards program.
- DSMS seventh-grader Grant Gillum finished in third place in the National History Day competition for his individual website. SSMS eighth-grader Michael Gearing and seventh-graders Stephanie Gearing and Luke Voss were also national qualifiers.
- SSMS students Rivers Reid and Stephanie Gearing received Honorable Mention accolades at the 2021 Texas PTA “Reflections” State Contest.
- In 2021, DSMS sixth-graders Madison Sestak and Zoe Geng earned the Junior Visual Arts Scholastic Event Platinum Award, the organization’s highest honor.
- Six DSMS students earned honors at the 2021 Hays County Livestock Show. Kellen Embrey (Home Skills) and Millie Powers (Market Steer) were named Grand Champions, Kelsey Tovar (Home Skills) and Grayson Buass (Market Rabbit) were Reserve Grand Champions, and Clayton Doyle (Market Swine) and Trent Henry (Market Lamb) were Breed Champions.
- In the 2020 Capital Region Destination Imagination Tournament, the team “Chicken Fried Awesomeness” with both DSMS and SSMS students, won the Technical Challenge division and qualified for the state event.
- Dripping Springs students of all ages are leaders within their community and often participate in community service activities. Schools and student organizations have raised money, volunteered their time, and collected supplies to support those in need. The middle schools have been active with multiple causes, often led by student leadership groups such as Student Council or National Junior Honor Society.