Shirley High School Student Selected As First Winner in Leadership Program

gwen-bradley(Above) Gwendlyn Bradley

SHIRLEY, Ark. – Shirley High School Junior Gwendlyn Bradley has been selected as the first winner in the “Discovering Tomorrow’s Leaders” program. She is a member of both the Shirley Future Farmers of America and the Van Buren County 4-H Club.
Bradley, 17, daughter of Scott and Kim Bradley of Shirley, was selected for her distinguished commitment to her community. One of the persons who nominated Gwendlyn said, “Gwendlyn Kay Bradley loves her school and community. She has demonstrated kindness in helping with the tornado relief efforts by bathing and grooming animals of a puppy mill.”
The nomination also stated that Gwendlyn was selected from thousands to sing at the National FFA Convention. She represented her school well by performing in front of 50,000 people. She has also sung locally for the elderly.
As sponsor of the “Discovering Tomorrow’s Leaders” program, Chesapeake Energy will donate a computer to Shirley High School in Gwendlyn’s name. And as a weekly winner, she is now eligible to win her own laptop computer when the program ends in May.
The “Discovering Tomorrow’s Leaders” program is open to all students in Van Buren County. People in the schools and communities can nominate students who belong to either FFA or 4-H and exhibit outstanding leadership qualities. A weekly winner will be selected for the next seven weeks, and a computer will be donated to each winner’s school.
The nomination form will run every other week in the Van Buren County Democrat and the Fairfield Bay News. An online version of the form is also available on the newspapers’ Web sites as well as the Web site of KFFB-FM Radio. The two newspapers and KFFB are media partners for the program. “Chesapeake wants to recognize FFA and 4-H students for their leadership and contribution to their communities,” said Robert Zeiler, Chesapeake manager of community affairs. “All winning students will be presented a plaque. Their photograph will appear in both newspapers, and they will be recognized on the radio.”
At the end of the program the eight winning students and their parents will be invited to attend a banquet where two lucky students will win personal laptop computers.
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