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Dripping Springs ISD

Nine students receive recognition in state Reflections contest
The work of nine Dripping Springs ISD students received recognition at the 2019 Texas PTA “Reflections” state contest, including two national qualifiers. A total of 19 Dripping Springs students qualified for the state competition.

Student work is submitted in one of six categories and evaluated based on artistic merit, creativity, mastery of the medium, and interpretation of the theme. This year’s theme was “Heroes Around Me.”

Receiving Awards of Excellence were Sycamore Springs Middle School student Ginny Falls for her literature entry titled “Hearts Connected” and Sycamore Springs Elementary fifth-grader Stephanie Gearing for her musical composition “Saving the Day.”

Five students received state Awards of Merit: Elizabeth McDowell (SSMS) in dance choreography for “The Heroes Within Us,” Colton Inglish (DSE) in Literature with “What a Hero Is and Does,” Michael Gearing (SSMS) in Musical Composition with “Heroes Anthem,” Hudson Ela (SSE) in Photography for “Saviors,” and Kellen Embrey (WSE) in Visual Arts for “Ship Shape.”

Two others earned honorable mention at the state level: Tatum Theis (RSE) in dance choreography for “Silence Choreography” and Lucas Trepanier (SSE) in Photography for “Hays Firefighting Heroes.”

DSHS one-act play advances to bi-district
On March 15, the Dripping Springs High School production of Federico Garcia Lorca’s “Blood Wedding” was rated as the First-Place Advancing Play (among eight competing schools) at the UIL District 25 5A Contest.

Griffin McKitrick and Kenzie Olsen were honored as the Best Actor and Best Actress, and Julia Harris was selected as All-Star Technical Crew.


DSHS choir program recognized at UIL concert and sight reading evaluation
The Dripping Springs High School choir program was represented by three groups of students at the UIL Choir Concert and Sight reading Evaluation.

At the event, each of the three choir groups (Chamber, Concert, and Treble) performed a concert repertoire and an unprepared piece (sight reading) in front of two different three-judge panels. Each judge gave the choirs a rating from 5 (Poor) to 1 (Superior).

The goal in the event is to receive “Sweepstakes” or overall Superior ratings in both concert and sight reading categories.

All three DSHS choirs received Sweepstakes, and each choir also received Superior ratings across the board – achieving a total of 18 “1” ratings.

The DSHS choir program is led by Courtney Neva.

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