Honors and Awards - High School

  • High School Pride

    • Dripping Springs HS recorded the highest-ever finish in the Lone Star Cup standings in 2017-18, tying for fourth in Conference 5A. As of Feb. 1, 2019, DSHS stands third in 2018-19 standings. 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.

    ACADEMICS:

    • Dripping Springs had a graduation rate of 100 percent in 2018; approximately 93 percent of students pursue higher education.
    • Students in the Class of 2018 received more than $7.2 million in scholarship offers.
    • Students in the Class of 2018 logged 43,754 hours of community service.
    • 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.
    • Reid Lohman was honored as 2019 National Merit semifinalist.
    • 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 2017-18.
    • DSHS placed second in the 2018 UIL academic regional competition.  Students qualified for the state UIL academic state competition in two team events and two individual events.
    • Language Arts teacher Yvonne Kaatz was selected as a 2017 Outstanding Teacher of the Humanities, as presented by the organization Humanities Texas.
    • Latin teacher Ginny Lindzey was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Texas Classical Association.

    ROBOTICS/ENGINEERING/SCIENCE:

    • Two team of engineering students from Dripping Springs High School placed one-two at the Land Rover 4x4 World Championships, qualifying for the international championships to be held later this year (2019).
    • The Dripping Springs High School Astronomy and Aerospace Science Club won first place in the 2018 Cities in Space competition sponsored by SteamSpace Education.
    • The FIRST Robotics team won the prestigious Engineering Inspiration Award at regionals for the past two years (2018 & 2019);  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.
    • 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.
    • At the 2018 Air Force Association’s CyberPatriot program sponsors the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition, DSHS competed in two rounds and placed in the top 30 percent of more than 2,000 schools from around the nation that participated.
    • The 2017 BEST Robotics team qualified for the state competition, where DSHS placed 15th of 72 teams and won the prestigious State Farm Exhibit Design and Construction Award.
    • A team consisting of Bryan Blackmon, Coleman Chapman, Fiona de la Cruz, Jadon Putman, and Garett Davis – placed first in the Team eXtreme division at the 2018 Destination Imagination State Championships.

    ATHLETICS:

    • A total of 38 senior student-athletes in the Class of 2018 signed national letters of intent to continue their playing careers at the collegiate level, more than any other class in school history. So far, 18 members of the Class of 2019 have signaed the commitment letters to compete in college.
    • In 2018, the Lady Tiger swim team won its first-ever state title. DSHS relay teams earned Gold, Silver and Bronze medals and London Farris also earned a Silver. 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).
    • 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.
    • Seven Tiger wrestlers qualified for the 2019 state tournament, including the first-ever female wrestler from DSHS (Cat Miller). Chase 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 playoff, 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 Sara Nadingwere 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). In 2018, Matthew Hemphill won the state title in his weight class.
    • Tennis player Jayci Goldsmith was 5A State Singles Champion in both 2017 and 2018. In team tennis, DSHS has advanced to the regional finals for three straight years (2016-18).
    • In 2018, both the boys' and girls' soccer teams won area titles and advanced to regional competition.
    • The 2018 DSHS boys' lacrosse team recorded the most successful season ever, finishing as one of the top eight teams in the state.
    • Four track athletes qualified for 2018 state competition and two – Bryce Kalsu and Justin Wright – were regional champions.
    • In 2018, several DSHS students earned medals in the Central Texas Special Olympics track meet, including Miguel Standridge, who earned a Gold Medal and a Bronze Medal, and Lee Skipper, who earned Silver and Bronze Medals. David Pringle and Tony Touvre earned Silver Medals.
    • At the 2018 Special Olympics Area 13 Bowling Meet, DSISD earned five Gold Medals, three Silver Medals, and two Bronze Medals.
    • In 2017-18, softball Coach Wade Womack was the Texas 5A/6A Coach of the Year, tennis coach Cary Jackson was the CATA (Capital Area Tennis Association) High School Coach of the Year, and boys’ basketball coach Craig Swannack was the Central Texas Coach of the Year.

    MUSIC:

    • At the 2018 Bands of America SuperRegional that featured 75 high school bands, the Tiger Band placed first in their 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.
    • In2018, 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.
    • Ten DSHS students were selected for the TMEA (Texas Music Educators Association) All-Region Choir in the fall of 2017.
    • 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 DSHS Winterguard won the Silver Medal at the 2018 TCGC State Championships.
    • In the 2017 UIL Concert and Sightreading Contest, the DSHS Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band and Concert Band received composite ratings of “Superior” from the judges. The DSHS band program was awarded a Sweepstakes trophy.
    • Based on their regional results, 22 DSHS students qualified for the 2019 UIL State Solo and Ensemble Contest.
    • All four DSHS choirs received first division rating in the UIL concert contest and the Treble Choir and Varsity Women earned Sweepstakes Awards.
    • Nearly 50 middle school students from DSISD advanced to the Texas Music Educators Association All-Region Choir and participated in the 2019 Region Clinic and Concert and several students were recognized as chairs on the three choir classes:
    • The Tiger Band earned the 5A Silver Medal at the 2017 State Marching Contest finals, just four points of the winning score.

    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.
    • At the Central Texas Regional, DSHS Hi-Steppers Officers and Team received Grand Champion and Platinum Sweepstakes. The Officers placed first in Jazz, Modern, and Contemporary and the Team placed first in Lyrical, Jazz, and Open. The Team also won several special awards and two dancers placed among the top five soloists.
    • Four DSHS Theatre students were national qualifiers based on their performance at the 2017 Texas State Thespian Festival.

    SPEECH AND DEBATE/WRITING:

    • 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 region champion in Congress and placed eighthto the state meet.
    • Max Bibeau placed fourth in Congressional Debate and sixth in Extemporaneous Speaking at the 2018 UIL state championships. Also qualifying for state in the Congress event was Griffen Smith.
    • Advanced Creative Writing student Madeline Tredway won the 10th-grade division  of the Texas Authors Institute's 2018 Texas Student Short Story contest.
    • DSHS policy debaters swept first, second and third place at the 2018 UIL CX District Meet, with the top two teams earning spots in the state tournament. At state, the team of Christopher Gearing and Varun Verma finished among the top eight teams in the state.
    • Nine debaters qualified for the 2018 TFA (Texas Forensics Association) state tournament.
    • DSHS senior Seeley Haas and sophomore Riley Wheaton won first place statewide for their grade division in the 2018 Texas Association for Pupil Transportation (TAPT) School Bus Safety Speech Contest. Haas also took the overall first-place award, recording the highest score of the contest.
    • The DSHS 2017 Tiger Cry yearbook, “One & Only,” earned a First Place award by the American Scholastic Press Association in its annual contest. DSHS is the only Central Texas school to receive the First Place award and one of eight in the state. In addition, the Tiger Cry won the honor of “Best Overall Sports Coverage” nationwide.
    • 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.
    • Three DSHS teams qualified for the 2017-18 FFA State Career Development Events, and the livestock team posted a top-10 finish, placing seventh of 97 teams.
    • Projects of nine DSISD students received Grand Champion honors at the 2019 Hays County Stock Show, while two others were Reserve Grand Champion. Three students' animals were chosen as Breed Champions, one was Reserve Breed Champion, and one was Division Reserve 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.
    • In the 2017-18 Youth in Government competition, DSHS was recognized as a "Premiere School" and 18 students qualified for the state competition. At state, special honors were received by Addie Mae Villas, who earned the Delegation Leadership Award; and Sydney Morriss, who was selected as the Media Distinguished Delegate. The Judicial County Court team placed third in the state.