Cheating at NCHS

Naperville Central High School found itself in the media spotlight after several students were caught taking photos of their tests using their cell phones and sending them to their peers during an AP Macroeconomics class.

“I think it’s just disappointing,” said Nick Duerinck, Freshman. “It’s not good for the school and what it stands for.”

“Central sets such a high standard for their kids and I feel like there’s so much help available so it shouldn’t come to the point where you have to cheat so it just surprises me they didn’t find alternate ways to get the information,” said Saoirse Lucy, Junior.

The school’s newspaper “Central Times” reported the incident and the story has caught the attention of numerous media outlets, like the Naperville Sun, The Daily Herald, and NBC news.

I sat down with Anya Marchenko, the Managing Editor and writer of the original article, who had mixed feelings about all the press.

“We don’t want to get all this media attention from something bad that happened to somebody else,” said Marchenko. “On the other hand, because it is being cited in all these professional media, it is kind of interesting and it is kind of a cool experience.”

Marchenko says it’s all a bit surprising, considering cheating happens in just about every school but says there’s one thing that makes this situation different.

“The administration had proof of it and disciplinary action was taken, whereas it wasn’t just rumors,” she said. “It wasn’t just teachers having a hunch.”

It was a student that originally caught the cheaters and reported them to the administration.

“I very much respect that person for doing so because just as a student of Central, not as a journalist, just from being in classes, I know that this is not the only incident of cheating that they have had,” said Marchenko. “These students that were caught have been cheating for years and in multiple classes and in multiple ways.”

According to Central Times at least six students have been suspended because of their academic dishonesty, but some say there are many others who have also been cheating.

And as more sources come forward and are willing to talk, the paper’s staff will continue to write additional articles about cheating within the school.

No staff were available to comment.


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