Mt. Laurel students win Widener University High School Leadership Award

Asia Jones and Jonathan Procopio were recognized for an ability to address wrongs and make a difference locally.

Widener University, in partnership with WCAU-TV NBC10, is recognizing 174 area students, including two from Mt. Laurel, who are winners of the Widener University High School Leadership Awards.

In its sixth year, the program recognizes students from high schools throughout the region for their abilities to “stand up for what is right, address a wrong and make a difference in their communities or schools.”

Local Mt. Laurel winners include Asia Jones and Jonathan Procopio.

According to Widener, Jones, who attends Lenape High School, has made a difference by overcoming all challenges confidently and with a positive attitude every day by intervening when she sees someone being wronged, and advocates for her peers when they are in need.

According to Widener, Procopio, who attends St. Joseph’s Preparatory School, has made a difference by seeking out service opportunities throughout North America and Africa and dedicating his time to a variety of causes.

“This year’s group of award recipients is comprised of true leaders who show dedication to not only their hometown communities, but communities around the world.” Widener University President Julie Wollman said. “Widener University is committed to developing leaders with strong character who become engaged citizens. Through the High School Leadership Awards, we get the opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate the region’s best and brightest future leaders. It is my pleasure to give each student this well-deserved honor.”

Winners were invited to a celebratory breakfast at the National Constitution Center on March 23, as well as a leadership conference at Widener University in fall 2017.

Winners will also receive a scholarship of $20,000 over four years, should they enroll at Widener University for undergraduate studies.