Updated: Aug 10, 2020
Sky High’s Boys’ Soccer Team Kick Their Way into a Second Cheating Scandal
For the second time in recent years, accusations against the Sky High School boys’ Soccer Team of cheating on the final geometry exam arose this week, according to Principal Shera L. Avi-Yonah.
Geometry teacher Delano F. Franklin announced to his class that scores on the final exam, which was scheduled to take place ahead of the championship game, were higher than expected, but has made no formal comment. School policy states athletes must maintain a C average.
President of the Sky High School’s Mathletes, Aidan P. Ryan, said he saw suspicious events occur before the final. As math practice wrapped up, he noticed two-star soccer players enter the math department office.
“The door is always open in the math department, but no one is usually there at 5 o’clock. They walked in, came out with a sheet of paper, walked towards the direction of the library, and then came back pretty quickly with multiple sheets of paper in their hands,” Ryan said.
Though Ryan can not confirm the sheets of paper in the players’ hands were the answers to the geometry final, he does not think this situation is fair to students at Sky High School.
Students, faculty, and parents alike seem to agree; they can not accept cheating. Simone D. Chu said she “cannot condone cheating.”
“Why should I stand by while I see this dishonesty at my child’s school?” Chu said.
Principal Shera L. Avi-Yonah said the administration is still “looking into” the accusations.
“The administration is looking into the allegations to the best of our ability and will be as transparent as possible with the community,” Avi-Yonah said. “We do not tolerate and have never tolerated this kind of behavior in our community. Still, we must prove these allegations are true beyond a reasonable doubt before we can discuss possible punishments.”
Student Claire C. Parker feels strongly that the players should be punished.
Alexis A. Luther, women’s soccer team coach, agrees and said she is “frustrated with how the administration has handled the situation.”
Despite outrage among students and parents, Jonah S. Berger, who coaches the men’s soccer team, denied the allegations that his players cheated.
“There’s no definitive proof that my boys cheated,” he said.
The investigation is still ongoing.