Danny Giannetti is Kyle's best friend and the third member of the project. He is described as a jock, and is not very smart, because he starts getting nervous when thinking about having to get good grades without cheating. He had messed up when tried to print the test. He is caring, but conceited. He goes back and forth between caring about Simon and caring about himself. He doesn't want Simon to die, but at the same time he doesn't want to get caught for cheating. He believes that "You didn't have to play the game, you just had to know how to win it," (McDonald, 15). He is afraid of birds. He does track at school. He has dark hair that is tipped blonde. He tries hard to be cool. Danny has an older sister named Marni, who is a mechanic.
Courtney is Simon Gray's little sister. She is a freshman in high school. Ever since her mom died, she hasn't had the best relationship with her father. She smokes marijuana to cope with her relationship with him. She hates hospitals, because her mother died in one and she doesn't trust the doctors. Courtney has blonde hair. Courtney cares about Simon and feels as if Simon wasn't there she would go crazy. She isn't anything like her brother. In the text, Courtney said, "Although she would never admit it, sometimes Courtney thought Simon was all that stood between her and loony bin. He was the buffer between her and their father," (McDonald, 39) This shows her relationship with her brother and her father. She also called Simon "Simon the Good" or "Saint Simon" because he was very smart and well behaved.
This article talks about kids in school and cheating. "Sixty to 70% of high school students have admitted to cheating." (The Atlantic) this shows how common cheating is. This student in this article had cheated all throughout highschool and became a valedictorian, national AP scholar, and accepted into honors programs. "'To most educators, my story is a disgrace to their system; I'm the one who got away,'" (The Atlantic) this shows how cheating made his life better, but affected him in a bad way. His opinion on this is, "It boils down to this: we are told cheating is wrong because we are attempting to earn a grade we do not deserve. A grade earned on cheating is not a grade reflective of our true achievement. But my contention uses identical reasons. I cheated because the grade I would have been otherwise given was not reflective of my true learning," (The Atlantic) This is his perspective on why he cheated.
This article talks about a girl named Megan, and how she notices cheating going on all around her at school. "They copied each other's papers, wrote answers on their shoes, and forged notes to take extra time on tests," (Challenge Success) this shows certain ways people cheat on tests. All of Megan's friends were cheating and she wasn't, but her friends would ask her too which relates to Kyle, Danny and Devin because Simon only did the project because of Devin. "She wanted to do the right thing, but felt like she was in a situation where it was 'cheat or be cheated'," this shows how important and common cheating is.