The Student News Site of West Delaware High School


The Student News Site of West Delaware High School


The Student News Site of West Delaware High School


Wearing blue, over 100 students pose for a photo to show support.
Blue For Hunter Goodman
Lili Shappell, Staff • May 23, 2024
No backpacks will be allowed in classrooms beginning with the 2024-25 school year.
The Banning of Backpacks
Seth Goebel, Staff • May 21, 2024
Seth Jackson (11), Clark Morris (11), Levi Wilson-Bries (11), Christian Timmerman (11), and Nick Mensen (12) participate in state track.
Jumping for State Track
Lili Shappell, Staff • May 21, 2024
The cast of WDHA Radio performs their final scene.
WDHA Radio Takes Center Stage
Liz Sleper, Staff • April 5, 2024
Zach Wenger looks ahead during the state cross country meet, finishing the race with a 20:33.
Boredom Fuels Success
Liz Sleper, Staff • November 13, 2023
As a member of the panel, senior welding apprentice R.J. Helmrichs answers a question at the Work-based Learning Tour held at Henderson Products on Monday, Sept. 11.
Work Based Learning Tour
Keevan Hauschild, Staff • September 18, 2023
Memphis Voelker (9) grins as he walks up Lost Beach on Lake Delhi.
Shredding Through Summer
Lexi Harbach, Staff • March 21, 2022

Artificial Intelligence: Friend or Foe?

AI’s growing popularity sparks debate over whether or not it should be used in schools
Evan Kartman
Keevan Hauschild (12) uses AI to create a sample of computer code. This highlights one of many uses for AI.

Artificial Intelligence is a new technology that has been rapidly developing over the past couple of years, and with its growing popularity, it’s no surprise that this unique innovation has caused controversy, particularly in the field of education. 

AI websites such as ChatGPT have been blocked on student Chromebooks to prevent their usage, but many students have argued that AI is beneficial to their learning, which begs the question: Is Artificial Intelligence a tool or a cheat?

English teacher Abigail Goldsmith said teachers are skeptical of AI.

“A lot of teachers are worried about its implications for learning,” Goldsmith said. “There’s a very fine line between using AI to point you in the right direction and using AI to cheat. Copying text from AI is just like copying and pasting from a website.”

Teacher Cole Duncalf feels that AI defeats the purpose of learning and damages students’ integrity.

 “It takes away what it means to challenge yourself in your learning,” Duncalf said. 

Teacher librarian Stephanie Stocks said that some students want to use AI to completely shape and structure their work. This is considered plagiarism.

“The issue is that the ideas don’t come from us,” Stocks said. “At the Fall Teacher Librarian Update meeting at Keystone Area Education Agency, they even called it ‘AI-giarism,’ rather than plagiarism.”

Despite this concern, students have found ways to use AI constructively.

“I write my essay, and then paste it into AI and ask it to help me revise my paper,” senior Elizabeth Sleper said. “It’s still my work, but it’s just like using a thesaurus. I’m the one creating the original ideas, not the AI.”

In an article published by the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Houman Harouni, Ed.D and lecturer on education, said, “Getting school students and those in higher ed to engage in virtual worlds is essential.” 

Harouni went on to say that schools must “help the next generation face the reality of the world and develop instruments and ways of navigating this reality with integrity.”

The integration of AI in learning and everyday life is likely permanent, so teachers and other staff like instructional coach Jamie Smith believe it’s important that students are educated on AI. 

“I think AI is here to stay,” Smith said. “We just need to find the best ways to use it and teach students how to use the tool effectively and to their benefit.”

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Evan Kartman
Evan Kartman, Staff
Hello! My name Evan Kartman, and I am a senior at the West Delaware High School. I have been involved in cross country, soccer, musical, play, group/individual/Allstate Speech, Concert/Marching Band, Jazz Band, Show-Band, National Honor Society, and journalism! When I’m not focused on my extracurriculars or schoolwork, I enjoy playing guitar, watching movies, going to the gym, gardening, listening to music, and spending time with my family. After high school, I plan to study Business and Journalism/Mass Communications in college.

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