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,...

Meet the Staff
Sama Yousef
Sama Yousef
Staff Writer

Sama Yousef is driven to success. Overall she is a fun person to be around. She loves her job at Hollister that she works at with her friends and says it's a nice environment to be in. She enjoys going...

Taylor Malloy
Taylor Malloy
Co- Editor in Chief

Taylor Malloy is a senior at Athens Drive High School. This year she is the Co-Editor in Chief of the Athens Oracle. She enjoys playing volleyball and exercising in her free time. Taylor is excited for...

Rose Luck
Rose Luck
Copy Editor

Rose Luck is a Junior at Athens Drive. She enjoys making jewelry and listening to music. This is Rose's second year, and third semester writing for the Athens Oracle. She finds journalism fun and as it...

Athens Student Awarded Park Scholarship

Dawson Tripp is excited to attend NC State in the fall

Every year, North Carolina State University awards a select few students admittance into the prestigious Park Scholarships program. Among the N.C. State graduating class of 2018 41 students were selected to be Park Scholars, one of them being Athens Drive student Dawson Tripp.

According to the Park Scholarship website, the mission of the Park Scholarship is “to bring exceptional students to N.C. State, based on outstanding accomplishments and potential in scholarship, leadership, service, and character.”

Park Scholars are given exceptional benefits during their tenure at N.C. State, featuring a four-year scholarship valued at $92,000 for in-state students and $149,000 for out-of-state students. These students are also rewarded with developmental services such as mentoring, seminars and civic engagement projects, as well as fun activities such as retreats.

“What I’m looking forward to most is the trips we get to take. It’s possible to travel literally anywhere in the world as long as you show it’s practical,” said Tripp.

Park Scholars are truly able to become world citizens during their time at N.C. State. Before the school year all incoming Park freshmen take a three-day all expenses paid trip where they can all get to know each other better.

The traveling, however, does not end once classes begin. In April two Park Scholars went to the Ukraine to film a documentary about the current civil war. It is also common for Park Scholars to go to villages in third world countries to offer aid to people there.

“It’s funny that some of the best experiences of the Park [Scholarship Program] don’t even happen at State,” said Tripp.

Tripp was one of 29 North Carolinian students chosen to be Park Scholars, and one of seven from Wake County. The selection process is very long, starting with close to 2,000 applicants and eventually lowering to just 100 in the final round.

“By the time it reaches the finalist stage, everyone there deserves to be a Park Scholar. The difference between me and the guy standing next to me is miniscule,” said Tripp.

A major factor that set Tripp apart from other applicants is his involvement in both the Athens Drive and local community. Tripp is a board member for the National Honor Society at Athens and a section leader for the marching band. He was also elected by his peers to be a member of the 2014 Homecoming Court and voted as “Mr. Intelligent” for this year’s Gradman production.

In his community, Tripp is an Eagle Scout, the highest ranking in the Boy Scout program. He also served as a Governor’s page and a Boy’s State Delegate.

“I’m not saying it’s required, but it’s important to show a passion. During my finalist interview, I did my best to convey a passion for teaching. I tied together helping found a Boy Scout troop and my involvement in both extracurricular and occupational tutoring,” said Tripp.

At N.C. State, Tripp plans to major in Engineering. The University is currently ranked at the 29th best Engineering school in the country. Tripp’s other top school was Georgia Tech.

“Although Georgia Tech is a great school, it cost about twice as much as State without scholarships, and it couldn’t compete with the new technology and facilities available at State’s Centennial Campus. After I got the Park scholarship, it pretty much sealed the deal,” said Tripp.

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