A Question of Integrity

    “For the Strength of Youth,” New Era, January 2018

    For the Strength of Youth

    A Question of Integrity

    New Era Magazine, 2018/01 Jan

    Illustrations by Rosalie Ledezma

    This doesn’t seem like your work. See me after class.

    What is it, Jay?

    Mr. Blummer thinks I stole this essay.

    Dude, you worked your tail off on that!

    I know! I can’t believe this!

    I know I haven’t tried that hard until now, but I decided to make some changes because I want to get into college. I tried my best. And this is what I get for it.

    Why do I feel so trapped by this? This is so unfair. Mr. Blummer thinks I cheated, but I didn’t. I tried so hard. This isn’t who I am.

    Mr. Blummer, I understand why you might think this wasn’t my work. But on this essay, I made an extra effort. Here are my notes and research. I hope it helps show this really is my work.

    You may not believe me, but I want you to know the work was mine and I respect you and your class. I’m going to do my best from now on.

    Even if he still gives me a bad grade, I know my worth.