The official student news site of Athens Drive High School


The official student news site of Athens Drive High School


The official student news site of Athens Drive High School


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Brady Jones, Assistant News Editor • June 4, 2024

As the school year fades to an end, many graduates are leaving the Athens Drive community to begin searching for their passions. While some...

Brady Jones has an on-stage-cameo as security guard in production called I Hate Shakespeare. Photo provided by Lauryn Webb
Senior spotlight: Brady Jones
Taylor Malloy, Editor in Chief • June 4, 2024

Athens Drive High School watches many of its students arrive as freshmen and leave as seniors. Some of these seniors stand out as being leaders,...

Jayvon Coleman at Athens Drive
Senior Spotlight: Jayvon Coleman
Sama Yousef, Staff Writer • June 4, 2024

Throughout high school, students achieve and extend themselves thoroughly; Senior Jayvon Coleman has pushed himself to perform excellence throughout...

Rachel Huffman, a cheerful senior at a companions home having a fun time with friends and her digital camera, at a get together.
Senior Spotlight: Rachel Huffman
Deevani Rodriguez, Features Copy Editor • June 4, 2024

Out of the graduating class of 2024, Senior Rachel Huffman has strived to do her best at leading and achieving greatness at Athens Drive Magnet...

The Drive Inquiry Clubs website is pictured. Dylan Ducatte dedicated a lot of her time while at Athens to the club.
Senior Spotlight: Dylan Ducatte
Sophie King, Assistant Editor • June 4, 2024

A true historian, senior Dylan Ducatte has spent her time at Athens fully engaged in all the school's social studies classes. Throughout her...

Skylar Moore at graduation rehearsal with fellow students.
Senior Spotlight: Skylar Moore
Rowan Bissett, Assistant Sports Editor • June 4, 2024

June 8, 2024, Athens seniors will walk the stage, take their diplomas, and finally finish high school. One of those Seniors is Skylar Moore,...

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Zane Perryman
Assistant Editor

Zane is a senior in Newspaper 3 and is an assistant editor. He likes music and taking pictures and writing stories about things he enjoys.

Corissa Greene
Corissa Greene
Sports Copy Editor

Corissa is a very creative person; not only is she smart academically but also socially. Corissa is considered by her peers as a driven student who strives to do above and beyond. She enjoys shopping with...

Crystal McCabe
Crystal McCabe
Staff writer

Crystal McCabe is a senior at Athens Drive High School. She is one of the Idea hunters for Athens Oracle, and in her free time, she enjoys exploring new cuisines, hanging out with her friend Nae McLean,...

How to Apply for Wake Tech Career and College Promise? A How-To Guide

Photos by Ethan Adams
Wake Techs Bruce L Howell, Southern Wake Campus Library, the place where many collage students and students in the CCP program study to ensure their success in their challenging course loads.

Throughout Wake County, many students are interested in enrolling in the Wake Tech Career and College Promise (CCP) Dual Enrollment Program. Many quit the process because registration seems daunting, and they don’t know where to start. 

Many students find that the registration process can be quite long; however, Athens Drive High School and Wake Tech work to provide interested students with the support they need to succeed.

The point of view of students at Wake Tech Community College shows just how different the college environment is compared to high school.
(Photos by Ethan Adams)

“There’s a lot of information posted on our Student Services page of the Athens website. Typically, I direct students [interested in the program] to go there first,” said Jasmine Pearson, Student Dean and CCP Coordinator of Athens Drive. 

If you remain interested in the program after visiting Student Services, the next step is to make connections between Wake Tech and your high school.

“If they’re looking for information, there’s a link to the CCP website directly where you can watch a video about 20 minutes long to give students information about what CCP is and how it works,” said Pearson. “There’s also step-by-step directions on how to sign up.”

After learning about the program, the next step is to discover what you want to achieve from college—to find yourself and your interests. Once you have figured this out, the time will have come to start registration and get the proper documentation. 

“Essentially, I tell students, you will need a current transcript. And you’re also going to want to explore the pathways to determine which pathway will be best for you. Once you have that information, sitting down to the application is pretty straightforward,” said Pearson. 

Many students enrolling past this point find that they need very little help with the rest of the processes; however, extra assistance is available to help walk students through the processes.

A hallway inside Montague Hall inside Wake Tech; shows just how different college is compared to high school.
(Photos by Ethan Adams)

I’m here to help students if they have questions along the way, I’m happy to help them,” said Pearson. 

Before you sign up for CCP, you must remember that CCP does not just affect your high school GPA but also your college GPA. You need to ensure that the classes you select will not be too difficult for you to complete reasonably with your current high school workload. 

“My advice would be not to look at CCP as just a way to boost your GPA. Sometimes students say, ‘Oh, I didn’t do so great, like my freshman and sophomore year, so I need to get my GPA up. I will take four CCP classes this summer, right?’” said Pearson. 

CCP does indeed have benefits for your GPA, but you must also remember that GPA is not everything in the world of education. Other things will always be considered alongside your GPA, whether that be for scholarships, college admissions, or honors societies. Make sure your work is well balanced, not just heavy on rigorous classes. 

“Even though you could potentially get some GPA help by taking rigorous courses, that’s incredibly overwhelming, and not what we want to do with CCP, like that’s not what we want to use it for,” said Pearson.

If you have considered the pros and cons of Wake Tech CCP and remain interested in the program, the next step is to apply to Wake Tech. The website is user-friendly and quick, but you should make sure all important documents are easily accessible once you start, and that you complete it sooner, rather than later, as classes fill up. 

“CCP is a great option if you’re interested in getting some credits out of the way so that you don’t have to take them at a university and getting some additional credits on your high school transcript. And doing it, I mean tuition-free, right? So it’s a great opportunity, but don’t use it as a GPA booster,” said Pearson.

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