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

Danazia McLean, also known as Nae, is a senior at Athens Drive High School and a member of the Idea Hunters of Athens Oracle. In her free time, she enjoys trying new foods, hanging out with her friend...

Erin McNeese
Erin McNeese
Copy Editor

Erin McNeese is a senior at Athens Drive High School. They look forward to another great year of writing stories to share with her peers at the Drive. Outside of school you can find them participating...

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...

College Stress creates Inaccurate Applications

As high school seniors around the country fill out applications to college, many are faced with the urge to lie and twist the truth in order to gain an edge over the competition of the rest of the applicants. The pressure to be accepted to any university, whether it comes from parents or the student themselves, is stronger now than ever and many students are giving in to the desire to dishonestly tweak their applications. If a student is not confident that their high school resume will impress the college admissions counselors, a common reaction is to exaggerate their extracurriculars and involvements to give off an overall better impression and help their chances of being accepted.

A common exaggeration seen on applications is in regards to the number of service hours students complete. Many times students say they volunteer over 200 hours each year when they really only completed around 75 hours. Some students claim to have been active members of clubs such as Key Club and Spanish Club despite only attending the first interest meeting. Some students even create leadership positions in clubs that do not even exist just to fluff up their resume even more. Some students seem to think that anything is worth getting into their dream school, even risking their honesty to get in.

Although many students believe that there is no way a college could ever find out that their applications are inaccurate to their true high school career, efforts to detect applications with false information have been growing. Universities have systems that carefully check every applicant’s transcript, recommendation letters, GPA and test scores. Therefore if an applicant attempts to say they scored higher than they actually did, they have records from the school as well as from College Board stating their true scores, rather than scores that could have been made up by the applicant.

There is a small percentage of applications to each university that get checked very closely for accuracy of extracurriculars and scores. If a student is selected in the sample, the university may contact the student’s counselor, teacher, or anyone that can confirm  the claims made. Although being selected in the sample of verification is small, if a student is to have been found lying on their application will result in immediate rejection from the school and blacklisted from any other schools who find this out. If one school in the UNC system caught a student lying on their application, then all the other UNC system schools will be informed and the caught student will be forced to either pay out-of-state tuition, or even be charged with fraud, depending on the severity of the lie.

If a student is not confident enough in their extracurriculars, test scores and school involvements, then that student probably does not deserve to be accepted into their dream school in the first place. When students lie on applications, they are cheating the system and are reserving spots that could have gone to more qualified, deserving students who were honest when applying to college.

Instead of taking a dishonest route to receiving an acceptance into college, students should be proud of all they have accomplished during their high school years. Giving colleges an accurate representation of the applicant helps colleges get to know you as a person rather than who you think colleges want you to be. Who knows, maybe one’s dream college may just accept the honest application – and that would be more satisfying than lying one’s way into college would ever be.

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