Honors and Awards - High School

  • High School Pride

    • Dripping Springs High School finished in second place in Conference 5A with 92 points. The second place finish is the highest for DSHS since the inaugural year of the Lone Star Cup in 1997-98 when DSHS tied for first in 3A Lone Star Cup points are awarded based on their team performance in district and state championships in: marching band, tennis, team tennis, cross country, volleyball, football, swimming and diving, wrestling, girls’ basketball, soccer, golf, track and field, academics, one-act play, softball, and baseball.
    • Dripping Springs had a graduation rate of 100 percent in 2019; approximately 93 percent of students pursue higher education.
    • Students in the Class of 2019 logged 46,127 hours of community service.
    • Students in the Class of 2019 received more than $5 million in scholarship offers.

    ACADEMICS:

    • Reid Lohman was 2019 National Merit finalist; in 2018 DSHS had three National Merit Finalists.
    • Seventeen students were recognized as Commended Scholars by the College Board in 2018-19.
    • Four Dripping Springs High School students were selected as National Hispanic Scholars through the National Hispanic Recognition Program in 2018-19.
    • DSHS placed third in the 2019 UIL academic regional competition after winning the district title. Students qualified for the state UIL academic state competition in one team event and three individual events. The top state finisher was Varun Verma, who was ninth in Computer Applications. Gabrielle Avena is the 5A Region Champion in Ready Writing.
    • U.S. News & World Report included DSHS in its 2017 national rankings of top high schools, awarding the designation of “Silver Medal” school.
    • In 2018 DSHS students scored well above state and national averages on both the ACT and SAT college entrance exams. Dripping Springs' average ACT score of 24.8 topped the state and national averages by 19.8 and 18.7 percent, respectively. On the SAT, DSHS students' average score (1216) bettered those of their peers in the state and nation by 19.2 and 12.3 percent, respectively.
    • A total of 132 high school students received recognition for exceptional achievement on Advanced Placement (AP) exams taken in the spring of 2018, including 10 who earned National AP Scholar Awards and 55 selected as AP Scholars with Distinction.

    ROBOTICS/ENGINEERING/SCIENCE:

    • Two teams of engineering students from Dripping Springs High School placed one-two at the Land Rover 4x4 National Championships, qualifying for the World Championships in Coventry, England. At the international event, the "Paw x Paw" team won th eprestigious ACES Challenge Award.
    • The FIRST Robotics team won the Engineering Inspiration Award at regionals each of the past two years (2018 & 2019) at the state meet; DSHS qualified for the FIRST Robotics World Championships in 2018.
    • At the 2019 Austin Energy Regional Science Festival, DSHS students Tucker Sawyer and Alfredo Salazar’s projects, “Cars to Water,” won first place in the Engineering Mechanics division. In addition, the team also won three special awards: the Ricoh Sustainable Development Award, the Tyrex Group Award, and the Superintendent’s Award.
    • The Dripping Springs High School Astronomy and Aerospace Science Club won first place in the 2018 Cities in Space competition sponsored by SteamSpace Education.
    • Dripping Springs competed at the 2018 Texas Super Regional of F1 in Schools at the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) and won two awards: “Fastest Car” and “Research and Development.” They also finished second overall and qualified for the National Finals.
    • A team consisting of high school freshmen placed first in the Team eXtreme division at the 2018 Destination Imagination State Championships.

    ATHLETICS:

    • A total of 26 senior student-athletes in the Class of 2019 signed national letters of intent to continue their playing careers at the collegiate level. The Class of 2018 had a school-record 38 student-athletes sign.
    • Avery Kalsu was named the Austin American-Statesman's All-Centex Female Athlete of the Year for 2018-19 as well as the Volleyball Athlete of the Year,
    • In 2019, three Tiger swimmers placed among the top eight in the state: London Farris (fifth and seventh), Lydia Evans (fifth and eighth), and Danny Henry (fifth). In 2018, the Lady Tiger swim team won its first-ever state title with DSHS relay teams earning Gold, Silver and Bronze medals and Farris winning a Silver. 
    • Seven Tiger wrestlers qualified for the 2019 state tournament, including the first-ever female wrestler from DSHS (Cat Miller). Chase Warden claimed a state championship by pinning all four of his opponents and Clayton Jetton placed fifth.
    • The Lady Tiger basketball team won the district title for the first time in 13 years, and advanced to the regional quarterfinal playoff round. The boys' basketball team also qualified for playoffs, and advanced to the area round.
    • The 2018 Tiger football team captured a share of its third straight district title. District 12-5A special award winners were Tanner Prewit as the Most Valuable Player, Cameron O'Banan as the Co-Offensive Newcomer of the Year, and Stephen Ansumana as the Co-Defensive Newcomer of the Year. 
    • In the fall of 2018, both the boys’ and girls’ cross country teams qualified for the state championships where the boys placed ninth and the girls were 10th. Bobby Holt was the sixth-place individual finisher.
    • The DSHS volleyball team won the 2018 district title for the seventh straight year and advanced to the state semifinals. Juniors Avery Kalsu and Sarah Nading were named to the TGCA (Texas Girls Coaches Association) All-State First Team; Kalsu was the District 25-5A Most Valuable Player and Nading was the District Setter of the Year.
    • DSHS had five qualifiers competing at the State Powerlifting Championships in 2019 (thre male and two female). Juan Rios won the state title in his weight class. As a team, the boys finished in third place overall.
    • Two DSHS doubles teams competed at the state tennis tournament: Karley Higgerson/Whitney Robbins and Thane Johannsen/Henry Lovelace. In team tennis, DSHS has advanced to the regional finals for three straight years (2016-18).
    • In 2019, both the boys' and girls' soccer teams won district titles. The girls' team advanced to the state tournament and the boys' team advanced to the regional quarterfinals. Jessica Carmichael and Emma Jones were named to the Texas Association of Soccer Coaches (TASCO) All-State First Team and Zoe Flores was named TASCO All-State Honorable Mention. Carmichael and Flores also made the TASCO State All-Tournament team. For the boys, Jalen Chavez and Juan Galindo were TASCO All-State Second Team, and Max Gonzales was TASCO All-State Honorable Mention.
    • The 2019 DSHS boys' lacrosse team advanced to the state tournament, finishing as one of the final 12 teams in the state.
    • Seven track athletes qualified for 2019 state competition; junior Avery Kalsu finished fourth in the 400 meters, senior Bobby Holt finished in sixth place in the 800 meters, freshman Marleena Mickel finished in eighth place in the 3,200 meters, and the DSHS boys' 4x400 meter relay team finished in ninth place.
    • The girls' softball team won a district championship and advanced to the regional semifinals. Senior Camille Corona was named the 5A-6A Softball Athlete of the Year by the Texas Girls Coaches Association (TGCA), TGCA all-state, and the District 25-5A Most Valuable Player. Senior Logan Hulon was TGCA all-state, and the District 25-5A Pitcher of the Year, and Bailey Hudgeons was TGCA all-state and first team all-district. Eight other players were also named to the all-district team. Wade Womack was named the District 25-5A Coach of the Year.
    • The boys' baseball team finished second in district and advanced to the regional quarterfinals.
    • Both the boys' and girls' golf teams won district championships. The boys' team qualified for the state tournament by finishing second at the regional tournament, then went on to finish 10th at state. The girls' team finished fourth at the regional tournament, just one spot away from qualifying for state.
    • In 2019, DSISD students won gold medals in five events at the Special Olympics Central Texas Track and Field Competition. A unified 4x100 meter relay team won gold, as did David Pringle (50 meters), Chase Steiner (softball throw), Tony Touve (mini javelin throw), and Sean Noumsi (50 meters). DSISD also won a combined 11 silver and bronze medals.
    • For the first time DSISD had athletes compete at the Special Olympics Texas state meet. Students Alex Hier, Chase Steiner, and Trinity Turner won gold medals, and others won a combined four silver and bronze medals.
    • At the 2018 Special Olympics Area 13 Bowling Meet, DSISD earned five Gold Medals, three Silver Medals, and two Bronze Medals.
    • DSHS swim coach Andrea McCarthy was honored as Dripping Springs’ first-ever TGCA (Texas Girls Coaches Association) Swimming Coach of the Year for Classes 5A and 6A in 2018.

    MUSIC:

    • At the 2018 Bands of America SuperRegional that featured 75 high school bands, the Tiger Band placed first in its division (Class AAA) overall, and won two of three special awards: Visual Performance and General Effects. DSHS finished sixth overall and was the highest ranking band in their class.
    • All three DSHS choirs (Chamber, Concert and Treble) received first division rating and Sweepstakes Awards at the 2019 UIL concert contest.
    • Based on their regional results, 22 DSHS students qualified for the 2019 UIL State Solo and Ensemble Contest.
    • In 2018, seven DSHS students were named to the District Band, 16 earned placement on the Region Symphonic Band, and 20 earned Region Wind Ensemble honors. A total of 15 students qualified for the 5A Area auditions.
    • Four students were named to Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) 5A All-State Band for 2018-19: Johnny Dollard, Erika Gossett, Kearsen Erwin, and Jessica Heintz.
    • The Varsity Winterguard captured the Texas Color Guard Circuit (TCGC) Scholastic Open Class Gold Medal, then went on to win the Scholastic Open Class Bronze Medal at the Winter Guard International Championships in a class of 50 top teams from around the nation.
    • The Dripping Springs High School winter percussion team earned a Silver Medal at the 2019 Texas Color Guard Circuit (TCGC) Percussion/Winds State Championships
    • The DSHS Winterguard won the Silver Medal at the 2018 TCGC State Championships.

    PERFORMING AND VISUAL ARTS:

    • The 2019 DSHS musical production “Little Shop of Horrors” earned eight nominations in the Greater Austin High School Musical Theatre Awards The previous year, in 2018, DSHS won four awards at the event: Best Production, Best Direction, Best Actress in a Leading Role and Best Featured Performer.
    • At the Texas State Thespian Festival, seven students' scores qualified to compete at the International Thespian Festival in June 2019.
    • DSHS junior Melissa Richardson was the winner of a statewide logo design contest by the State Board of Education; her design will be used on future materials representing the Permanent School Fund.
    • Of the DSHS entries at the 2018 regional VASE (Visual Arts Scholastic Event) competition, 43 Dripping Springs students earned "all-region" recognition. Ten entries were named "all-area," which qualified them for the state contest.
    • In the 2018 PTA Reflections Contest, three students received the prestigious Award of Merit: Danica Best, Devyn Bromley, and Michael Gearing; three others earned honorable mention.
    • The DSHS Hi-Steppers earned multiple honors at two competitions in the spring of 2019. At the Alamo City Dance Classic they were honored with the ”Line of Champions” and the “Officer Line of Champions” awards, which signifies being one of the highest eight scoring and highest five scoring entries in the entire contest. top awards included Officers and Team received Grand Champion and Platinum Sweepstakes. At the Winter Dance Classic, the Hi-Steppers were awarded first place in five categories.

    SPEECH AND DEBATE/WRITING:

    • Max Bibeau won the 2019 5A state title in Persuasive Extemporaneous Speaking.
    • Max Bibeau and Campbell Melton were selected as Academic All-Americans in 2018-19 by the National Speech and Debate Association.
    • Campbell Melton was the 2018 regional champion in Congress and placed eighth at the state meet.
    • Nine debaters qualified to compete at the TFA State Tournament based on points accumulated throughout the competitive season.
    • DSHS's student newspaper "The Paw Print" won first place from the American Scholastic Press Association for the 2018-19 school year – one of just 13 schools across the country of a similar size.
    • Senior Hanna Gaither was the high school recipient of the Barbara Jordan Media Award as announced by the Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities, based on an article she wrote for the DSHS student newspaper.
    • Advanced Creative Writing student Madeline Tredway won the 10th-grade division  of the Texas Authors Institute's 2018 Texas Student Short Story contest.
    • DSHS freshman Lizzie Galassini and sophomore Sofia Albini won first place statewide for their grade division in the 2019 Texas Association for Pupil Transportation (TAPT) School Bus Safety Speech Contest.
    • Jaxson Thornton won a Gold Circle Certificate of Merit from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association for an Opinion piece published in “MyDSHSnews.”

    AG/OTHER:

    • Dripping Springs High School students were successful at the regional DECA competition and a school-record 27 students earned the right to advance to state competition. At state, five students -- Valari Graham, Teagan Krewson, Lily Sethre-Brink, Varun Varma, and Riley Wheaton -- qualified for the International DECA Competition.
    • At the 2018 district Leadership Development Event (LDE), DSHS students placed among the top four in 10 events, three teams placed first, and five teams earned the right to advance to area competition. At area, the Livestock Judging Team placed first, the Livestock Judging Team was seventh and the Horse Judging Team finished 10th.
    • The DSHS Dairy Cattle Evaluation team advanced to the FFA State (CDE) Career Development Event competition, where they placed second overall.
    • Projects of three DSHS students received Grand Champion honors at the 2019 Hays County Stock Show (Hailey Kirkup, Drew Wilson, Faith Baxter), while Riley Berkholz was a Reserve Grand Champion.
    • Two students qualified for the 2019 HOSA state competition, which features events related to the healthcare profession. Chloe Aguilar and Katie Bender qualified to compete at the International level in Behavioral Health and Pharmacology, respectively.