'Education' Misspelled On Suburban School DiplomasI wonder if Mr. Acosta was like Dominique Houston. Or worse, Bridget Green, who got an A in algebra, but failed the math exit exam - five times - even though she was her school's valedictorian. A test that only requires a score of 35% to pass! I bet she "worked hard" too! Ms. Green scored an 11 on her ACT.
WESTLAKE, Ohio -- A Cleveland-area principal says he is embarrassed his students got proof of their "educaiton" on their high school diploma.
Westlake High School officials misspelled "education" on the diplomas distributed this weekend. It's been the subject of mockery on local radio.
Principal Timothy Freeman said he sent the diplomas back once to correct another error. When the corrected diplomas came back, no one bothered to check the things they thought were right the first time.
Publisher Jostens has reprinted the new diplomas -- a third attempt -- and sent them to the 330 graduates.
Ohio Grad Admits Plagiarizing Speech
CIRCLEVILLE, Ohio -- An Ohio teen has admitted he plagiarized the high school commencement speech he gave last weekend and has given up the title of class valedictorian.
Officials said Melanio Acosta IV sent the principal of Circleville High School in central Ohio an e-mail Wednesday acknowledging that he used part of a speech he found online and saying he didn't consider the consequences.
His speech Sunday was titled "You Say Goodbye. I Say Hello" and was filled with references to Beatles songs.
Circleville Superintendent Sam Lucas said the district is deeply disappointed but encouraged by the 18-year-old's confession.
Acosta's mother, Ofelia, said the family is devastated but also describes the punishment as too harsh. She said her son worked hard to make valedictorian.
What I really wonder is if Mr. Acosta, like Ms. Green, also aspires to become a teacher.