Honors and Awards - High School

  • High School Pride

    • Dripping Springs recorded the highest-ever finish in the Lone Star Cup standings in 2017-18, tying for fourth in Conference 5A. 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.
    • Three Dripping Springs students were honored as 2018 National Merit Finalists: Ryan Gahagan, Mia Haraguchi, and Christopher Lee. In the 2018-19 competition, Reid Lohman is a 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 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:

    • The FIRST Robotics team won the prestigious Engineering Inspiration Award at regionals and qualified DSHS for the FIRST Robotics World Championships.
    • Dripping Springs “Team IAT” competed at the 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 of engineering students from Dripping Springs High School spent a week in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates competing in the Land Rover 4x4 World Championships. DSHS finished 12th in a field of 23 teams from 18 countries, after ranking as high as third during the multi-day competition.
    • At the 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.
    • At the 2018 Austin Energy Regional Science Festival, DSHS junior Ben Marsan placed fifth in the category Computer Science Hardware/Embedded Systems and received the Yale Science and Engineering Association Special 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 Destination Imagination State Championships

    ATHLETICS:

    • A total of 38 senior student-athletes signed national letters of intent to continue their playing careers at the collegiate level, more than any other class in school history.
    • 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.
    • 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. Coach McCarthy led Dripping Springs girls to a resounding state title this spring.
    • Tennis player Jayci Goldsmith was 5A State Singles Champion in both 2017 and 2018.
    • Four Tiger wrestlers qualified for the 2017 state tournament, where Chase Warden earned a Silver Medal and Clayton Jetton earned a Bronze Medal. As a team, DSHS won districts and regionals, and placed 14th at state.
    • The 2017 Tiger football team captured its second straight district title, was undefeated in the regular season, and advanced to the second round of playoffs.
    • In the fall of 2017, both the boys’ and girls’ cross country teams qualified for the state championships – a first for the boys’ team. The boys placed sixth and Bobby Holt was the sixth-place individual finisher.
    • The DSHS volleyball team won the 2017 district title for the sixth straight year and advanced to the regional semifinals.
    • DSHS had three qualifiers competing at the State Powerlifting Championships in 2018 and Matthew Hemphill won the state title in his weight class. As a team the Tigers finished in ninth place overall.
    • Both the boys' and girls' soccer teams won area titles and advanced to regional competition.
    • The DSHS boys' lacrosse team concluded the most successful season ever, finishing as one of the top eight teams in the state.
    • Four track athletes qualified for state competition and two – Bryce Kalsu and Justin Wright – were regional champions.
    • In 2017, the Lady Tiger softball team had an outstanding playoff run and made it to the state tournament before losing in the semifinals. Kiele Miller (pitcher) and Camille Corona (2B) were named to the 5A All-State Team and Miller was the District MVP.
    • 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.
    • 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:

    • The Tiger Band earned the 5A Silver Medal at the 2017 State Marching Contest finals, just four points of the winning score.
    • Ten DSHS students were selected for the TMEA (Texas Music Educators Association) All-Region Choir in the fall of 2017.
    • Seven students were named to Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) 5A All-State Band for 2017-18.
    • 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.
    • At the 2018 UIL Solo and Ensemble Contest, 26 DSHS students earned First Division ratings and six qualified for the state contest.
    • All four DSHS choirs received first division rating in the UIL concert contest and the Treble Choir and Varsity Women earned Sweepstakes Awards.
    • Derek Woods received the 2017 Randy Julia Service Award from the Texas Color Guard Circuit.

    PERFORMING AND VISUAL ARTS:

    • The 2018 DSHS musical production “The Addams Family” earned 12 nominations in the Greater Austin High School Musical Theatre Awards and won in four categories: Best Production, Best Direction, Best Actress in a Leading Role (Katie Haberman) and Best Featured Performer (Cassie Martin).
    • The Dripping Springs High School 2017 One-Act Play qualified for Area competition, placing third. Milo Tucker was named Best Actor and two other students were named to the All-Star Cast.
    • DSHS Theater was selected to perform at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland in August of 2017 as part of the American High School Theatre Festival.
    • 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 placed fourth in Congressional Debate and sixth in Extemporaneous Speaking at the UIL state championships. Also qualifying for state in the Congress event was Griffen Smith.
    • DSHS policy debaters swept first, second and third place at the 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 state TFA (Texas Forensics Association) state tournament.
    • DSHS senior Seeley Haas and sophomore Riley Wheaton won first place statewide for their grade division in the 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.”
    • Ali Voss was one of three winners selected in the 2017 Texas Teen Book Festival Fiction Writing Contest.
    • Ashley Rummel placed first, and won the Orion Award in the Youth Short Story category of the Texas Night Sky Festival’s writing contest; Julia Junker was second.
    • Natalie L'Amoreaux was awarded the Second Runner-Up Prize in the English Speaking Union of the United States (ESUUS) Shakespeare Competition

    AG/OTHER:

    • Three DSHS teams qualified FFA State Career Development Events, and the livestock team posted a top-10 finish, placing seventh of 97 teams.
    • Ten DSISD students earned either Grand Champion or Reserve Grand Champion in their events, and many others were recognized as Breed Champions.
    • DSHS students participating in the Dating Violence Mock Trial won the 2017 “Young Hearts Matter Day of Action” Award, presented by Texas Council on Family Violence.
    • Seventeen DSHS students qualified for the state DECA competition.
    • Four students qualified for the HOSA state competition, which features events related to the healthcare profession. Emily Argento Bird qualified to compete at the International level in the Outstanding HOSA Chapter Event and two students received volunteer service awards.
    • In the 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.
    • In the statewide 2017 Judging Card Holiday Floral Design competition that had more than 120 entries, DSHS senior Elaina Erickson won the "Staff Favorite" award.