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Eleventh- and twelfth-grade students attended Shelton's 21st Ethics Symposium, "Evolving Ethical Standards in the Digital Age," on March 1. Activities included guided discussions, small group exercises and panel discussions with guest presenters. Keynote speakers and panelists engaged students with lessons learned from real-world professional experiences.  

Leona Allen, Deputy Publisher and Chief Talent and Diversity Officer at The Dallas Morning News, gave the charge for the day and spoke with students about the importance of ethical decision-making in their personal lives. Kristin Kendrick, Case Manager at Cafe Momentum, was the keynote speaker. She spoke about the value of second chances. Cafe Momentum has changed the lives of more than 1,000 teens by employing and providing life-skills training to a staff of young women and men exiting the Dallas County juvenile detention facility. 

Panels included: 

Ethics & Media:

  • Tom Huang, Assistant Managing Editor for Journalism Initiatives, The Dallas Morning News
  • Gilbert Bailon, Executive Editor, KERA
  • Elvira Sakmari, Digital Director for
  • Keri Mitchell, Executive Director, Dallas Free Press

Ethics & Technology

  • Ryan Stafford, AVP of Labor Relations, AT&T
  • Terri West, Chairman of the Texas Instruments Foundation Board and former Senior Vice President of Texas Instruments Incorporated
  • Anna Benoy, Senior Technology Analyst, Southwest Airlines

Ethics & Sports

  • Mechelle Lewis-Freeman, Head Women's Relays Coach for USA Track & Field, 2008 Track & Field Olympian and CEO/Founder of TrackGirlz, a nonprofit empowering girls and women through track and field
  • Mark Brandenburg, Senior Managing Director of Finance for JLL and former pitcher for the Texas Rangers and the Boston Red Sox
  • Franco Broyles, Owner and Director of The Texas Travelers and Broyles Baseball Academy, former University of Arkansas baseball player

Shelton is the world's largest school for students with learning differences, such as dyslexia, dysgraphia and ADHD.

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