In the midst of the festive preparations, faculty members and students are still focused on academic pursuits. Once again, GHS faculty members and administrators are working together to help students understand and prevent plagiarism in any of their written assignments. Each student at Geneva High School received an informational packet on the types of plagiarism and was encouraged to take it home to share with his parents. In, addition, Geneva High School subscribes to an online anti- plagiarism program which allows any student to submit his work to a large database which then compares the student’s work against literally billions of sources to ensure that the work is original. Geneva High School has been successfully using this resource for more than three years. Douglas Wetherholt, GHS principal, is a proud supporter of this program.
“Plagiarism tends not to be a problem at Geneva High School because of the steps we take to prevent it,” Mr. Wetherholt said. “We always make sure the students know how to identify plagiarism. The database also helps, and teachers always proof-read students’ work before it is handed in. We teach students that plagiarism is a serious issue.”
English teacher MaryAnn Svagerko encourages her students to be independent thinkers “Plagiarism is a problem everywhere. I want my students to be able to think for themselves,” she said. “I ask a lot of opinion questions so they can share their own ideas. I also ask them to cite their sources when answering questions. In the future, my classes will be going to the computer lab to learn how to find good sources.”
Many Advanced Placement English students agree with this. “Plagiarism is not only an offense the author of the plagiarized work, but it is also a hindrance to the plagiarizer, “ said senior Elizana Coltman.
As we head into the holiday season everyone at Geneva High School would like to thank the community for its continuing support.