“For the Strength of Youth,” New Era, January 2018For the Strength of YouthA Question of IntegrityIllustrations by Rosalie LedezmaThis 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.