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ATHENS ORACLE

The official student news site of Athens Drive High School

ATHENS ORACLE

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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
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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
Brady Jones
Brady Jones
Assistant News Editor

Brady Jones is a Senior at Athens Drive and is in his second semester with the Athens Oracle. After school, he is an involved member of the Athens Drive theatre department, handling the technical components...

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...

Nathan Pitchford
Nathan Pitchford
Staff Writer

Nathan Pitchford is a freshman at Athens. He's a staff writer for the Oracle. He likes playing video games and reading books. He's looking forward to getting better at writing and making some (hopefully)...

Protests spread across the NFL

NFL Protests

The newest controversy in american sports regards NFL players and their actions towards the national anthem. Then San Francisco 49ers Quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, started the trend in Aug. 2016 by refusing to stand during the national anthem.

“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” said Kaepernick to Steve Wyche, NFL reporter in late Aug, 2016.

At first, Kaepernick was alone in his efforts. For three preseason games he sat and no one followed. After the third game, news outlets finally began to notice his actions. He had been losing his position in the team being dropped as the starting quarterback and his protests were straining tensions with the 49ers executives. Kaepernick ended up opting out of his contract at the end of the 2016 season but his influence slowly spread across the NFL, to the point where about 150 players took a knee or showed some sort of protest during the playing of the national anthem in week four of this year.

This isn’t the first time an athlete has started controversy over protesting of the national anthem. During the 95-96’ NBA season, Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, A 5-year veteran, would not stand for the national anthem. He believed that the American flag is a sign of oppression and that it would not follow his muslim faith.

The recent protests have been met with backlash from some fans because they see it as a disrespect to the country and as a lack of patriotism.

“I do not feel that the national anthem is what you should target your frustrations towards….I feel that Mr. Goodell (NFL commissioner) should step in and stop the behavior his players are exhibiting,” said James Owens, freshman.

Others believe that because it is their first amendment right, that they are doing no wrong and that they are entitled to protest anything they see as wrong.

“They’re using their rights to change something they care about. I think it’s been blown out of proportion and that we should all let them be,” said Olivia Cassidy, freshman.

As time went on protests started to come in different forms. Players were linking arms and leading prayers and other teams such as the Pittsburgh Steelers, Seattle Seahawks and Tennessee Titans did not enter the field until after the anthem played.

“We’re not participating in the anthem today. Not to be disrespectful to the anthem but to remove ourselves from the circumstance. People shouldn’t have to choose [on protests],” said Mike Tomlin, Pittsburgh Steelers head coach.

To add to the controversy, President Donald Trump has been tweeting his feelings and views on the matter causing some americans to question his priorities.

“The issue of kneeling has nothing to do with race. It is about respect for our Country, Flag and National Anthem. NFL must respect this!” said Trump.

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