SAT scandals leave future collegiate freshmen scared

May 17, 2019


As the school year comes to an end, many seniors are wanting to change colleges, scared that something like recent events might happen again. Many students were rejected because there was no more space. Parents of these students are threatening to sue.

“As a senior about to start college this story is frightening,” Wyatt Lowery said. “As an individual, I know that I have worked hard to get into my school and I do not think that people should be able to cheat their way into college because of their name.”

In early March, 50 people were indicted for being apart of the nationwide scheme involving four elite colleges and universities. These schools included Yale, Georgetown, the University of Southern California, and Stanford. The parents were trying to get their children into the colleges of their dreams not only for academics but athletics as well. Many of those involved are Chief Executive Officers, authors, actresses and actors, founders of major companies, and senior executives. There were 33 parents along with 14 coaches, their children, and three “architects of the scheme” according to People magazine. The “architects of the scheme” are the people that would take tests or cheat for the students.

Most of the parents were able to get off by paying the bond because of their financial status or community service. The three parents that have received most of the attention are Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli the parents of Isabella and Olivia Giannulli, allegedly gave $500,000 to have her two children designated as crew team recruits. The girls had never been on a rowing team before. This part of the scandal included the help of many coaches. The girls’ faces were photoshopped onto team members of a real rowing team faces to make it appear as if they were on a team.

Another parent, Felicity Huffman, allegedly gave $15,000 to the admissions consultant William Singer and his nonprofit organization. Huffman was apart of this scandal on behalf of her oldest daughter, Sophia Grace Macy. Huffman convinced Singer to give her daughter extra time on the SAT exam and for her score to be raised more than 400 points. There were phone calls that proved Huffman wanting to carry out the same plan for her youngest, Georgia Grace Macy, but nothing had been started because of her young age.

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