Forest City student honored in DTL contest

Forest City student Will Jonas was selected as the Week 6 winner of Chesapeake Energy’s Discovering Tomorrow’s Leader contest. From left are Michelle Kowalewski of the Susquehanna Co 4-H, Peter Quigg of the Community Foundation, Richard Kresock of the New Milford Rotary, Jonas, Forest City Regional High School Principal Christine Acevedo, and Jane Clements of Chesapeake Energy.

Will Jonas, 16, a student at Forest City Regional High School has been selected as the sixth weekly winner of Susquehanna County’s “Discovering Tomorrow’s Leaders” contest, a partnership among Chesapeake Energy Corp., several local nonprofits and regional media.

Jonas has been the secretary of theWayneCounty 4-H for three years and a member for seven. He participates in a number of the 4-H activities including showing swine and dairy at the local and district level. Will is a peer mediator, mentors the younger 4-H members and was chosen for the 2011 Outstanding 4-H member award. He is also a member of the National Junior Swine Association.

At school, Will is an honor student, a member of the junior academy of science program and a jazz band player.  He assists with the Steamtown Marathon, collects supplies for local animal shelters and lends his time for road side pick-ups and painting at the fairgrounds. He is a friend to all and excellent role model for his peers.

“Discovering Tomorrow’s Leaders” gives residents the opportunity to nominateSusquehannaCountystudents who have displayed outstanding leadership qualities within the 4-H or any other student volunteer organization. One young leader, nominated by the community, will be selected each week for eight consecutive weeks through May. A refurbished computer will be donated to each winner’s school. In May, two lucky winners will be selected from all honorees to win a personal laptop computer.

Partnering with Chesapeake Energy in the “Discovering Tomorrow’s Leaders” contest are the Susquehanna County 4-H, the Rotary Club of Montrose, New Milford and Forest City, The Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains, Gem 104 Radio, Susquehanna County Independent and Susquehanna County Weekender, Forest City News, and Susquehanna Transcript.