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Student Athlete Spotlight: Andrew Hayes
By: Maren Henry
For this month’s article on student athletes I interviewed Andrew Hayes, a 16 year old junior who attends our very own Josephine Dobbs Clement Early College. We talked about his sports career currently and how he balances his student life with sports life. Hayes currently plays football for Charles E. Jordan High school. I started off our interview by asking how he got into playing football. “I was interested in football as a kid, my little brother started playing football before me and I decided to play the next season in 3rd grade” Hayes explained. We then discussed the topic of how hard it was for him to adjust to going to a very difficult school while also balancing sports and extra-curricular events. He stated: “At first it was very difficult because the workload was a lot more than middle school, but over my first two years I got the hang of balancing the two.” He says that he always keeps school first. I then asked about his sports career and where he seems to be taking his career. I asked about the controversial question on whether student athletes in college/universities should be paid while playing their specific sport. “I don’t because I feel that if you are good enough at the sport you’ll excel in college and eventually go pro and get paid then”. Finally, we summed up what incoming students going into JDCECHS should expect and advice he would offer young student athletes. Andrew stated “They should know that student comes first, when you are a student athlete and to make sure to put in the time to do work and study after games and practices”.
ECHS PRINCIPAL EARNS PHD
By: Nara Valera-Simeon
We want to congratulate our very own principal for earning her doctorate degree! Dr. Woods-Weeks grew up in Durham and attended Northern High School for her high school years. She went on to study at North Carolina Central University where she earned her Bachelor's and Master’s degrees and attend the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill for her Master’s degree in school administration. She earned her doctorate degree from Eastern Carolina University in December. Additionally, Dr.Woods-Weeks has numerous achievements during her career. Two years ago, Dr. Woods-Weeks was awarded Principal of the Year 2017 by Durham Public Schools. Her hard work and dedication is shown by how she greets us every morning and afternoon. I think I can say for everyone that J.D Clement Early College High School is grateful for her guidance and leadership at the school toward the staff and students. Dr. Woods-Weeks is a dedicated principal who cares about her students’ well being and makes sure that her students graduate. Our school has received an A+ or A grade by the state of North Carolina for approximately the past 5 years. Dr. Woods-Weeks gleefully shared comments about how the success of our school had been achieved with the help of our teachers: “With the caring and supportive teachers we have, and paying attention to their individual needs and trying to meet them where they are, really attributes to our success.” Shanya Black, a senior, comments in an article in the Daily Voice about Dr. Wood-Weeks as a “mom” and how she is there “whenever I need to just go into her office and get some work done.” Dr. Woods-Weeks is a principal we can rely on because she is always willing to help out students and solve problems. We want to congratulate Dr. Woods-Weeks on her accomplishment of earning her PhD.
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