Diligent and Righteous – Alex Den

Alex Den

– Youth Creates First Writing Contest Sixth & Seventh Grade Second Place Winner

Alex Den currently resides in Lone Tree, Colorado. He is 13 years old and attends SkyView Academy as a 7th grader. He lives with his mom and dad as well as his rabbit, Marbles, and dog, Lulu. His accomplishments include winning second place in the 50 Back for Colorado Swimming in his age group. He was chosen for the 2019 All Stars Swimming team. Alex is a member of the DCSD  Honor Orchestra and plays both the violin and clarinet. Alex was also selected for the National Junior Honor Society. In his free time, he enjoys playing car video games.

Sixth & Seventh Grade Second Place Winning Piece

Cheating On College Admissions

How Unethical Can It Get?

By Alex Den

By now you may have heard of people cheating their way into elite colleges. Many of these people include wealthy families, people with power, and celebrities such as Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman. There are many ethical reasons why cheating on admissions tests and bribing coaches is wrong. Some of these include that you are taking opportunities away from hard-working students, you are taking chances away from qualified athletes, and teachers, coaches, and test administrators are accepting bribes.

To start with, cheating on admission tests is unethical because you are taking away opportunities from hard-working students. According to CollegeSimply, Stanford “has a 5% acceptance rate. Last year, 2,085 out of 44,073 applicants were admitted making Stanford an extremely competitive school to get into with a very low chance of acceptance.” This fact shows that you are taking opportunities away from harder working students because Stanford is extremely selective and very few can attend Stanford every year. By cheating on the ACT or SAT you are taking a spot that someone else deserves more.

Second, bribing coaches to give positions on the team is unethical because you are taking away chances for truly qualified athletes. “Between approximately 2011 and 2018, parents paid approximately $25 million to bribe coaches and university administrators to designate their children as purported recruited athletes, or as members of other favored admissions categories, thereby facilitating the children’s admission to those universities” (Deadspin). Doing this can ruin talented athlete careers. These coaches are accepting from people who may have never played that sport for money and people who dream of going to that college and playing sports professionally will never be able to do so.

Thirdly, accepting bribes as teachers, coaches, and test administrators is ethically wrong. According to The New York Times, test administrators such as Igor Dvorskiy, Niki Williams, Mark Riddell, and Martin Fox have been accused in the process of helping the families cheat on the tests. Accepting bribes as a test administrator is ethically wrong because your job is to make sure no one cheats yet you are helping someone cheat. The general public now does not trust schools or college entrance tests anymore.

To wrap it all up, it is unethical to cheat on the college admissions process. By cheating, you are taking opportunities away from hard-working students, qualified athletes, and parents can’t trust coaches, teachers, and test administrators since they accept bribes. It appears that anyone who has money can buy their way in. Therefore cheating your way into elite, top tier colleges is not only wrong but completely unfair to those who are truly deserving. Working hard in school is the most ethical way to get into competitive colleges.

Last but not least, it is against the Constitution. The first men of the United States, the ones who wrote the Constitution and gave us freedom, wrote in the 14th amendment, “no state shall . . . deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” In fact, Ben Franklin actually wanted the wild turkey to be the national bird. But some dopes made it an eagle instead. And to further insult us, you celebrate thanks by eating us. If you are laughing at us for considering ourselves to be men, think about this. If a giant came and started roasting you and your family members over a fire, then eat them, how would you feel? Dead. That is how we turkeys feel. So give us some pity and let us live our long deserved lives in freedom as stated in the Constitution.

To conclude, turkeys are very traditional, but they are NOT the best choice for a Thanksgiving meal. So save a turkey’s life, eat conveniently and healthier, and honor the 14th amendment of the U.S. Constitution! Don’t break the law and feel proud of yourself at a turkey-free table.