Humans of Athens Drive; Sydney Dudas

Sydney Dudas senior photo. Senior photos were all taken right outside of the school. Photo courtesy of Evan Pike
Sydney Dudas’ senior photo. Senior photos were all taken right outside of the school. Photo courtesy of Evan Pike


Sydney Dudas competing at the state level competition in her Junior year. The team has competitions most of the weekends of the fall. Photo courtesy of the North Carolina High School Athletic AssociationYeah, my mom is the one who… got me into the very start of [cheerleading],” said Dudas.
When you think of the all-American high schooler, you may think of sports, band, and academics. Sydney Dudas is a healthy mix of everything Athens Drive High School has to offer. A varsity cheerleader, helping hand on and off the theater stage, and a vet tech apprentice, she has her hands deep in everything our school has to offer. Between cheer practice, theater rehearsal, and an internship at Northwoods Animal Hospital, there’s never a dull moment for Dudas. Still, she always takes a moment to spend time with friends after school or give a helping hand to a teacher or peer.


Yeah, my mom is the one who… got me into the very start of [cheerleading],” said Dudas.


Introduced to cheerleading by her mother in elementary school, she competed in cheer All-Stars for most of her childhood. Dudas started cheering for Athens in her junior year. With Athens, she has helped the team win five awards so far. As a senior, she is now on varsity, and Dudas has enjoyed and reminisced with the team over the time she’s spent with them. Though last year’s performance may not have gone as expected, the cheer team has won all four of their competitions this year, as well as qualified for the Carolina Cup.


But this year, we’ve been to… four competitions. We’ve won every single one,” said Dudas.


She has also been active in Athens’ theater program since her freshman year. On the stage, in class, and behind it for productions, Dudas thoroughly enjoys all aspects of theater Athens has to offer. Now in Advanced Theater, a class that requires auditions to be enrolled in the class, Dudas spends several hours a week practicing monologues and writing scripts. At Athens, she’s

Dudas, Isabella Love, Grace Edwards, and Paige Vietzke. The group worked in crew for the spring musical 2023, Seussical. Photo courtesy of Rachel Love

participated in two productions, Seussical and Little Women, as well as, as well as Murder on the Menu, which was put on by the Honors Theater class. In class, she memorized many monologues, such as Shakspere’s Comedy of Errors and Act 5 Scene 1. 


But now, I vividly remember the first line, ‘and thereof it the man was mad.’

— Dudas


As for veterinary practice, her internship helps her transition into the working world from high school. At Northwoods Animal Hospital, she works alongside classmates Collette Armstrong, Kaitlyn Lovenduski, and Maëli Gleason. Dudas spends her summer and occasional weekends helping the hospital with setting up kennels, dog runs, and giving the animals food. This internship is paid unlike many entry-level internships, which makes it certainly worthwhile. 


The internship was organized through the Athens Drive’s Medical Sciences program, which requires all students in the program to complete an internship in the bridge between junior and senior years. Through the medical sciences program, Dudas has not only completed an internship but also mentored incoming freshmen into the program, as well as done projects about her veterinary experience. 

Dudas in her cosplay of Pitbull. The costume was for a performance of Hamlet in her Ap Literature and Composition class. Photo courtesy of Tsion Accornero

She goes out and she looks for tasks to do. She doesn’t just want to just sit around,” said Grace Edwards, senior and classmate of Dudas.


Though her time at Athens is almost up, Dudas has a lot set up for her post-high school career. She currently plans to go to NC State, and afterward continue to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. She spends a lot of time building skills for the future, whether that be athleticism, memorization, and public speaking skills, or an even more directly applicable veterinary training. She looks forward to where her future will take her.

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