Local parents, students react to big bust in college admissions bribery scam

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Actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin are among the dozens of people criminally charged and arrested this week in a sweeping college admissions bribery scandal. Other notable names lumped into the scam are two people tied to Las Vegas — a former Wynn executive and the former owner of a San Diego television station.

According to the federal agents, the scam offered fake test scores and athletic profiles to secure spots for their kids at elite institutions. 

8 News NOW Reporter Sally Jaramillo spoke to students, parents, and staff at Nevada State High School in Summerlin about the news.

“The message i would give is to  preserve your integrity, said Jaron Regan, a junior at Nevada State High School-Summerlin

After hearing these bribe accusations against some of the world’s most prestigious institutions, many at Nevada State High School questioned the system.

“These schools are not supposed to be like that; it’s not supposed to be about money, its suppose to be about education,” said Sam Dudek, a parent.

Dudek says she’s angry about those who are not putting in any effort but are having better outcomes.

“It is discouraging to be struggling and studying and doing everything you got; getting tutors, staying up at night on weekends, giving up you weekends to see that all the hard work doesn’t matter,” Dudek said.

Counselor Del Sagers agrees.

“Anger ok and disappointment, really there’s a little bit you know. You sometimes have some good kids and things they should have gotten in and they didn’t,” Sagers said.

Sagers says as a counselor he works hard with his students filling out applications, checking their curriculum, and even doing letters of recommendation.

“I feel like everyone should have equal opportunity and that incident just violates that,” Jaron said.

Jaron says he’s taken his ACT’s and even attended strategy sessions just to ensure a good score.

“It makes me feel like I could find another route that’s easier even though it’s unfair,” Jaron said. “It makes me feel that my work is kind of in vain.” 

Despite the cheating,  everyone at Nevada State High School is staying hopeful. 

“I believe it’s less than 10 percent of the population that’s able to do this and so we have to create something for that 10 percent and not penalize everybody else,” said Nya Berry, the director of site administration at Nevada State High School-Summerlin.

8 News NOW reached out to the department of education & UNLV for their reaction and there was no comment on their behalf.

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