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
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...

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.

Sophie King
Sophie King
Assistant Editor

Sophie King is a Junior at Athens Drive and is the Editorial editor for the Athens Oracle. She enjoys hanging out with friends, painting, and playing the piano and guitar. She hopes to shine a light on...

The Decline of Disney Channel

If a group of 90’s kids were asked what their favorite childhood show was, the answer would vary somewhere along the lines of Even Stevens, Lizzie McGuire, Kim Possible or Boy Meets World. These shows were a staple of our childhood and watching these shows was one of our favorite things to do. If we decided to turn our TVs on to Disney Channel today, we would find shows about spoiled city kids surviving summer camp or time traveling best friends. These new Disney Channel television shows lack substance and do not shine a respectable light on issues that our society is facing today.

Old Disney Channel shows focused on issues that teens deal with in their everyday lives, teaching kids that they face the same obstacles that their role models on TV face. Lizzie McGuire was a show about a girl trying to survive high school with her two best friends, Even Stevens focused on the lives of a brother and sister getting into trouble and Boy Meets World followed a boy through his entire life from child to a married adult. Back in the day, Disney Channel put focus on having plots that the average kids could relate to. Lizzie McGuire covered topics such as dealing with the perfect picture day outfit, eating disorders, the transition into high school, friendship tensions and rumors. These shows had meaning and were considered survival guides for any young adult.

Current Disney Channel shows have no foundation and although they are comical, that is all they seem to be good for. They set unrealistic expectations for kids and do not teach how to deal with everyday situations. Current shows possess no beneficial content and are used solely as marketing strategies. Most of the shows are short lived and get cancelled after a season or two. In the new Disney shows, the main characters teach kids that they can get away with breaking rules, being disrespectful to their parents without consequence. Old Disney Channel shows taught important life lessons, leaving each episode with a good message to their audience. Hannah Montana, another Old Disney Channel show taught the importance of friendship and loyalty. Although old shows such as The Suite Life of Zack and Cody had mischievous characters, they were always taught a lesson at the end and got a punishment for their bad behavior. That show taught kids not to lie and have good good intentions all while having fun.

The new Disney Channel shows are repeating themes from past Disney shows and are not showing any creativity in new, creative show ideas. You can find the same plotline in many of the new shows are almost the exact same as our generation’s. Best Friends Whenever, a show about two best friends traveling through time together, shares the same plot as Phil of the Future. Austin and Ally is based on a teenage pop star living a normal life, similar to Hannah Montana. Finally,  KC Undercover, a show based on a secret agent theme mimics Kim Possible, a cartoon classic.

Although younger kids may enjoy today’s Disney Channel, they are not gaining important life lessons out of them and do not realize how much better Old Disney Channel was. Our generation of shows were original concepts that had more than just a comical effect. Our generation of Disney Channel was the best and we will remain classics for years to come.

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