Jonathan Crider of Marlow is a senior at Central High School and will be honored with the 2012 Prudential Spirit of Community Award. Crider is being honored for organizing rocking-chair marathons that have raised more than $45,000 to feed children who otherwise would go hungry on weekends.

As a state honoree, Crider will also receive $1,000 and an all-expense paid trip in early May to Washington, D.C., where he will join more than 100 other top honorees from across the country for several days of national recognition events.  Ten of them will be named America's top youth volunteers for 2012 at that time.

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards is the United States’ largest youth recognition program based exclusively on volunteer community service. All middle and high schools in the U.S., along with all Girl Scout councils, county 4-H organizations, Red Cross chapters, YMCAs and affiliates of HandsOn Network, were eligible to select a student or a member for a local Prudential Spirit of Community Award last November.

Two State Honorees—one middle and one high school student—plus a select number of Distinguished Finalists from each state and the District of Columbia were selected based on criteria such as personal initiative, creativity, effort, impact and personal growth.

Congratulations to Crider for his outstanding accomplishments!