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With Honors? Valedictorian and Principal Plagiarize Speeches

Plagiarism is spreading! Many feared dead wrong! Two schools in the Chicago area have both been confronted with glaring plagiarism sullying the cap-and-gown season. At, Naperville Central High School — a nationally recognized school for its high standards — had to reassign one of their most popular teachers when it was learned that he plagiarized portions of a commencement address from a previous teacher.

Then, as if learning by example, at the very same commencement the school’s valedictorian lifted a huge chunk of his speech from an article in the satirical newspaper the Onion. (At least it might have been funny.)

Meanwhile, across town in another highly-rated school district, Oak Park and River Forest High School had to apologize to Senator John McCain when their superintendent took an anecdote from John McCain’s Vietnam experience and attributed it to his own brother’s life. Uh, I think if you're going to swipe a story, maybe don't pick one that everybody knows.

Is the Internet and easy cut-and-paste info sending us all to a cheater's paradise? Who's story would you borrow from?


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freegracefrom freegracefrom 9 years
What are they going to do to the valedictorian that plagarized his/her speech? Really, commencement speeches all sound the same anyways... who cares. I probably should have plagarized part of my valedictory speech too - it might've actually come off sounding like a real speech. Hah, o well. If anything, I think living in an "internet cut-and-paste" world would prevent me from plagarizing. Because as easy as it is to find something to plagarize, it's just as easy for someone to check up on you for plagarizing now.
stephley stephley 9 years
I worked for CNN and someone got fired for plagarizing part of a movie review.
gigill gigill 9 years
I used to work for a university newspaper and one of the reporters got fired for obviously plagarizing from online media.
stephley stephley 9 years
Oooh, someone's not a cook - overstirring can ruin a number of fine dishes: over aerate, cause them to collapse or not solidify.
syako syako 9 years
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
oh come on! it always needs stirring! :)
stephley stephley 9 years
Even when it doesn't need stirring.
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
you know me, always stirrin' the pot!!
sarah_bellum sarah_bellum 9 years
cabaker, how dare you speak ill of St. Obama!!
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
Hey Obama plaigerizes speeches, why shouldn't HS kids? ;)
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
Wow. No wonder the students don't think cheatin is all that bad, when the Principal is willing to do it.
smileyyy123 smileyyy123 9 years
Oh my god! I went to Naperville Central! Couldn't believe this when I first heard - particularly since we were held to such high standards in terms of plagiarizing. I remember a student getting in trouble for recycling her own sophomore year paper into a senior year paper and had to redo it.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 9 years
The internet isn't sending us into a cheaters paradise. The fact that morals are not being taught is. On the other hand, it's hard nowadays to come up with unique statements. I mean people have been talking for thousands of years, where are all the great philosphers of our time? There really aren't any, most of them have already come and gone. There are only so many words in the English language (in any language really). All that being said, that should not be an excuse to steal other people's work. If you use someone elses words then give them credit. It's really quite simple.
raciccarone raciccarone 9 years
When I had to give my commencement I just did that speech Tom Cruise gives to Rene Zellwegger in Jerry McGuire.
kikidawn kikidawn 9 years
I was Valedictorian in my high school class. As far as I know I didn't plagiarize anyone... scary thought to me. The quote that I used I made sure to reference. I heard the quote on the radio one day and thought it would make a wonderful quote for our graduation there were 5 speakers so we used the word "FAITH" and each took a letter and applied it to school. My letter was "i". My quote was this: "The only way to know the limits of the possible is to go beyond them into the impossible" --Sir Arthur Clark everywhere I searched on the Internet attributed the quote to Clark (b/c the radio hadn't referenced the author of the quote) so that's what I did. I wasn't about to plagiarize in my valedictorian speech ... I mean seriously?!
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