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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,...

Meet the Staff

Mrs. Hornick is the adviser for The Athens Oracle, a position she has been lucky to hold for over 15 years! She loves watching her students grow as writers and some of her favorite parts of the class are...

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Corissa Greene
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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...

James Crumpler
James Crumpler
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James Crumpler (Far right) is a senior at Athens Drive and is in his second semester writing for the Athens Oracle. He likes eating Korean barbecue with his friends, playing games, and cooking. His favorite...

SAT Changed benefit class of 2016, but come too late for others

Five hours of mind-boggling questions, small 5 minute breaks wedged between a course of three painful sections is what College Board qualifies as a aptitude test for college. The SAT is such a nightmare that even signing onto College Board and looking at a poor test score can stress someone out just as much. Ideally, this is no way a college-bound high schooler should spend his/her time. Students stress about practically everything, whether it is a test coming up or nearly getting hit by a car in the parking lot. A test dictating our collegiate future should not be how people decide who will be successful, especially when there are a plethora of other options to dictate collegiate futures. The rumor of the SAT changing is almost too good to be true. The revised test unfairly distributes the academic strengths of certain students, which is going to change admission decisions and how real world application is the most successful route in determining students academic excellence.

Aside from all of the thousands of words they “suggest” a test-taker study, it’s almost a hit-or-miss when someone gets to the test. Just like on their site, it states “The redesigned SAT will focus on relevant words, the meanings of which depend on how they’re used.” This took College Board too long to realize the unnecessary stress of scouring through hundreds of notecards only to exemplify a three-part portion of the exam. Statistically, students only use about 150 words a day to communicate, so what’s the use? Diaphanous or iconoclast are words people are only going to find in a SAT booklet, so the probability of them being utilized is probably closer to zero than one.  A college professor is most likely not going to care about the vocabulary used in a paper, especially when someone is talking to a friend, “The shirt I am wearing is so diaphanous, I better change it now!” might just leave the friend dumbfounded because they did not study their flashcards. So, the only benefit a student receives is the merit of guessing and all the admissions officers know is that they are right.

Aside from the crazy vocabulary and the redundant “How many apples does Abigail need to make for her pie?” questions, College Board finally decided real-life situations and moderately used vocabulary might help test scores rise because unrealistic situations are harder to analyze for students. This test is not challenging the mathematics or reading skills of the student, but being able to understand the particular topic.

The margin of students from 2005 to 2015 are going to be the only students who represented the hardest SAT ever made. Not only are they the most competitive group of students, but they are going to be underrepresented when the class of 2016 applies for college.

The real academic plot twist is that about 300 college and universities no longer require standardized testing as part of the admission requirements. Schools like Wake Forest University have moved to more professional means of admission, requiring an interview for applicants. This prevents the student from just applying to random schools, but also allows for the bad test taker to be seen in the limelight who may have a better GPA, compared to the SAT prodigy.

Most students wish that the whole idea of standardized tests would just vanish from existence. It is unfair that most students may have significant flaws in their college application because of the SAT score and taking it a multitude of times not only wears out a brain, it also wears out a wallet. Hooray for the SAT changing, but it does not alter the fact that students who were from the 2005-2015 gap year will not be able to be compared to the same group of students. People can be glad that College Board realized that the difficulty of this test was impractical, but now the application of real world situations in texts will allow colleges to further analyze a students success rather than the area of a triangle inside of a circle.

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