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April 21, 2017 06:53 AM

Junior Achievement's Excelling Through Ethics Program Teaches Decision Making

Sioux Falls

Lincoln High School students are thinking a little harder about the decisions they make thanks to Excelling Through Ethics, a program put on by Junior Achievement of South Dakota

Making the ethical choice isn't always easy, especially in high school. 

"There's certainly a lot of peer pressure going on, I've definitely felt it, it's just something that you can't really avoid no matter where you go," said sophomore Gage Sigl. 

What would you do when no one is watching? That's the question these Lincoln High School students are answering as a part of Junior Achievements Excelling Through Ethics program. 

"With your ethics, then you can learn what kind of person you want to be and how you're going to go about that," sophomore Anna Shane said. 

Victoria Blatchford, a financial executive at Wells Fargo in Brookings, is leading one of the classes. She wants to help kids defy pressure when decision-making.

"This is actually a conversation for them to relate how my choices affect myself, others and those around me that I maybe either serve, on my team, but also in my workplace when I'm starting to work," Blatchford said. 

Having a role model other than their parents and teachers, like Blatchford, gives the class another voice to think about when making a choice. 

"I'll probably think harder about what I choose and why I'm choosing it," said Shane. 

"It's going to increase awareness and definitely make me a lot more conscious of the choices that I'm making," said Sigl. 

The Excelling Through Ethics Program will be making a stop at Roosevelt High School Friday. The program has been traveling to different cities throughout the state. 
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