Dripping Springs High School students excel in and out of classroom

Staff Report

DRIPPING SPRINGS — Several Dripping Springs High School (DSHS) students earned awards and are advancing in their respective events.

DSHS Speech and Debate students advance to UIL state meet

Three DSHS speech and debate students qualified for the UIL State Meet after placing in the top three at the regional competition. Lily Claire Kroll finished first in Informative Extemporaneous Speaking and Lizzie Galassini finished first in Extemporaneous Speaking. Daniel Hearne finished in third place in Lincoln-Douglas Debate to also advance to the state competition. Jackson Kaiser was named a state alternate in Persuasive Extemporaneous Speaking after coming in fourth place.

As a team, DSHS was honored with the Conference 5A regional runner-up Sweepstakes Award.

Journalism students honored by NSPA

Six Dripping Springs High School journalism students were inducted into the 2021 Journalism Honor Roll by the National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA).

Ramsey Hutton (Tiger Cry), Savannah Karas (Tiger Cry), Samantha Moore (Paw Print), Evelyn Peterson (Paw Print), Isabella Roske (Tiger Cry) and Cady Russell (Paw Print & MyDSHSNews) were among the 1,400 students nationally recognized for excelling in both the classroom and in their school newsrooms.

In addition to serving for at least two years on a student media staff (broadcast, newspaper, magazine, online or yearbook), the students earned a 3.5 or higher GPA on a 4.0 scale. Senior inductees are eligible to compete for a $1,000 scholarship and NSPA will announce the scholarship winner in May. 

Two DSHS FFA teams qualify for state

DSHS agriculture students were successful at district and area FFA CDEs (Career Development Events), with two teams qualifying for the state competition in May: Dairy Cattle and Environmental/Natural Resource Education.

The Dairy Cattle Team won the district title and earned third place at the area competition to advance. The team consists of Caroline Olson (fourth-highest scoring individual), Chandler Latham (placed eighth individually), Kate Tressler and Amanda Alderson. The Dairy Cattle event provides an interest and information in dairy cattle  including experience in the evaluation of dairy cattle type, production records and dairy herd management.

Students on the Environmental and Natural Resource Education team are Tyler Varnell, Zane Warren, Kayley Terrell and Caitlyn McPherson. The purpose of this event is to promote environmental and natural resource instruction in the agriculture food and natural resource curriculum.

Other district champions from DSHS were in the Horse, Poultry, and Livestock events. The Horse team of Isabel Fernandez, Annie Terrell, Hailey Weisman and Allee Rainey were sixth at area, while the other two groups were seventh. The Poultry Team consisted of Caroline Olson, Annie Terrell, Drake Alderson and Alaina Reed. The Livestock Team was Angelina La Barre (who placed second individually), Billie Kaye Vantrease, Emma Adams, and Ginny Falls.

The competition will be held at Tarleton State University in Stephenville on April 29.

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Megan Wehring graduated from Texas State University in May 2020 with a bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Wehring is nearing one year at the Hays Free Press/News-Dispatch, covering all things local. This includes city council meetings, town events, education and human interest stories. Previously, Wehring worked at KTSW FM-89.9 (Texas State University's official radio station) for two consecutive years. She was a news reporter, assistant news director and monthly segment producer during her time at KTSW. Wehring is passionate about the local reporter aspect. With a heart for storytelling, she believes that journalists are equipped to share the stories that are most important to the community.

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