BW’s Jones goes above and beyond
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Big Walnut’s Conner Jones has good advice for others.
“It’s good to be involved with everything. You meet new people, make new friends. It opens a lot of doors,” he said.
The senior should know, he has been involved in school activities and in leadership roles since the fifth grade when he first served on student council.
“I’ve been working on my leadership since I was little. I’ve always liked it,” he said of his various leadership positions.
Angie Stooksbury is student council advisor at Big Walnut. She has worked with Conner for the past four years in student council where Conner is this year’s president.
“From freshman year to his senior year, Conner Jones has been a hardworking, caring, young man dedicated to making a difference in everything he does. I am so proud of him for never giving up and always working hard to achieve his goals. He has been outstanding academically in his classes, as well as a leader in student council and as a leader of his class.”
Stooksbury said that “both during and after school Conner is the first to volunteer for extra responsibility to make a difference in his school and community. He goes above and beyond and that is what makes Conner truly great.”
So far senior year has been going pretty well, Conner said. As president of student council, he has kept very busy, so it is good that his role as president of senior class will not demand more of his time until later in the year when he will need to concentrate on graduation and selecting the class gift.
And then there is the speech he will make for graduation.
“I’m already thinking about it,” he said.
Most of Conner’s volunteer work is through student council, including a food drive (which actually raised $300 more this year than last) and a change drive. There is also work for winter homecoming and Peace Week.
Peace Week, Conner explained, offers daily assemblies for students on a particular theme. Last year, it was bullying. This year, the topic will be somewhat lighter — making friends.
It is hard, Conner said, to come up with speakers and topics that students will want to listen to.
Among other volunteer activities, Conner volunteers with Ohio Reads, has helped with the Mutt March and helps with Relay for Life each year.
As the end of the year draws closer, Conner said so does the realization it will be the last time for attending and participating in activities. As it is, he was unable to attend most of the football games due to his work schedule.
Besides his volunteer work, Conner also works 20 hours over four days each week at a local pizza shop, often closing the shop by himself.
He laughed about where his earnings go.
“Gas,” he said, adding he lives pretty far away.
He is “almost decided” on attending the University of Akron where he will major in business and study either human resources or business administration. He hopes to minor in Spanish, which he has studied for several years, and enjoys speaking conversationally.
Akron has a good honors program where Conner hopes to take honors coursework in both Spanish and business.
“I liked the campus,” he said, adding he had four or five other school visits. “I could see myself there.”
He selected business as a major because he “likes working with people a lot. I like having responsibility.”
Dora Riggs is Conner’s Spanish teacher.
“Conner (or Pedro as we like to call him in class) is one of those students who makes a class fun to teach. He is not only the type of student you can depend on to get a task done well, but also one you can count on to make it fun and exciting.
“As Leo Club advisor, I’ve also seen the heart he has for service. He is a passionate advocate for Ohio Reads and regularly helps out on service projects with the Spanish club and Student Council. Conner has contributed a lot to Big Walnut High School and is very deserving of this recognition.”
Besides taking Spanish IV this year, he also takes advanced placement calculus and psychology, anatomy, digital photography, English and concert choir.
Conner said it will probably be hard to leave the area and work elsewhere in a career.
“I’m a homebody. I enjoyed high school a lot. I will miss it,” he said, adding he would not mind returning to central Ohio; he did not dismiss Cincinnati. “Though I’m partial to Cleveland,” he reflected.
Conner is the son of Shannon Mignogno and Jamie Jones of Sunbury.