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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Senior Spotlight: Ava Seay
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
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.

Hannah Suehle
Hannah Suehle
Co-Editor in Chief

Hannah Suehle is a senior at Athens Drive and co-editor-in-chief. This is their fifth semester writing for the Athens Oracle. Outside of school, they like to play games, read, crochet, and do Scottish...

Sierra Moore
Sierra Moore
Staff Writer

Sierra Moore is a junior at Athens Drive. This is Sierra's first year on the Oracle. She enjoys hanging out with her friends. In her free time she also enjoy drawing and listening to music.

A refreshing change

Back when Athens Drive High School first opened in 1978, Williams Stadium was a state of the art facility. Flash forward over 35 years later, and the football stadium is outdated, unsafe and unconducive to success on the field.

However, in recent weeks, I’ve noticed something glaringly different about the Athens campus: The sights and sounds of construction. The groundbreaking of the new stadium has officially begun. After driving through the senior lot the other day, I came to a realization that Athens, yes, Athens Drive High School, was going to get a new stadium. There were plans made months ago, but I was never going to believe it until I saw it.

Because of the recent history of Athens athletics facilities, the construction of this new stadium is a groundbreaking change, no pun intended.

Let’s just face it – Athens Drive has recently been a step behind many other Wake County Schools in terms of athletic facilities. Our tennis courts are unplayable. Our lower gym is ancient. In addition, as other Wake schools have made constant progress on their facilities, a long list can be made for the insufficiencies of Williams Stadium, including the unsafe dim lighting, the concessions, the inaccessibility for the handicapped and the inconvenient proximity to the school.

It makes me ecstatic to see that these problems are finally beginning to be addressed. Athletes who represent Athens will not only be able to feel more comfortable in the future playing inside a more satisfactory facility, but they will gain an unwavering feeling of school pride.

Fans, whether it be students, teachers or parents, will also gain this same increase in school pride. I’m a lover of football, and almost nothing beats being at a game in person. When a facility, like Williams Stadium, is not up to par, it can take away from the experience of being at a game. The students of Athens are some of the most school spirited and passionate fans in the area, but they’ve always lacked a facility that can match this morale. The new stadium addition will provide exactly this boost that the fans need.

While this change is welcome in the best interest for Jaguar athletics, I am pleased that the historic Williams Stadium will remain in place, undergoing its own renovations, to preserve tradition.

As a junior, I will graduate before the new stadium will be ready for competition in the 2016-17 school year. However, that doesn’t stop me from feeling incredibly refreshed from seeing the ground being dug up, trees being chopped down and the construction beginning to pick up speed. Refreshed because it means opportunity for everyone associated with Athens Drive High School.

I am hoping this opens the door for other improvements to Athens Drive, and not just with athletic facilities.

Many aspects of high school, especially going to sporting events, we remember as students for the rest of our lives. The construction of this new stadium will be able to preserve these memories for generations of Athens students in the future.


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