Leadership and Ethics Conference Motivates Students

Posted on April 13, 2012 by

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On 8 March, 2012, student representatives were sent to Penn State Berks Campus from thirteen area schools to learn about behavioral and ethical challenges that are faced in everyday life at the Ninth Annual Berks County High School Leadership and Ethics Conference.

Students came from the Reading, Wilson, Antietam, Fleetwood, Hamburg, Schuylkill Valley, Exeter, Governor Mifflin, Conrad Weiser, Brandywine, Berks Catholic, Muhlenberg, and Kutztown school districts.

Upon arrival, the students were divided into various groups and given examples of moral and ethical dilemmas that could be encountered in real life settings. The groups discussed how they would respond to these challenges, and how their actions could affect the other parties involved as well as their own futures.

The topics included alcohol use, cheating in both relationships as well as school, and breaking or bending rules. The students were asked to evaluate not only the actions but also how they would respond if they witnessed others participating in these unethical activities.

This activity is sponsored by the Berks County Rotary Club in conjunction with West Point, the United States Military Academy. The West Point Cadets served as superior models of respect, ethics, and leadership as they follow an honor code that makes them accountable not only for themselves but for their classmates as well.

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