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Timberland graduate receives presidential medal

[From left] Timberland High counselor Stacey Nielsen, Jonathan Paneitz and principal Dr. Kyle Lindquist

Recent Timberland High graduate Jonathan Paneitz was selected as the 2019 recipient of the Ronald Reagan Leadership Medal. Bestowed by the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute, the award is given to students who exemplify the program’s pillars of drive, humility and service before self.

Paneitz graduated in the top 10% of his class, was on the wrestling team all four years and was team captain his senior year. He also served on Timberland’s award-winning student council and assisted in coordinating schoolwide fundraising efforts like the annual Polar Plunge for Special Olympics Missouri.

“Jonathan Paneitz is a wonderful leader at Timberland High School,” Dr. Kyle Lindquist, Timberland High principal, said. “To be able to excel academically and in extracurricular activities while being student body president speaks volumes of his character and work ethic. Jonathan will be very successful in life because he is a natural leader, and is more than deserving of this prestigious award.”

Paneitz also received a Distinguished Student Leader award from the Missouri Association of Student Councils and was recognized by the Wentzville School District’s Board of Education for his community service.

“Jonathan has been instrumental in community service projects and fundraising efforts that have been beneficial to students and families throughout the Wentzville community,” Dr. Lindquist said. “He was a true leader in a school of 1,800 students, and we were proud to have had him lead our student body and provide great examples of work ethic and service.”

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute is a non-profit organization founded by the 40th president and charged with rewarding displays of leadership. The Reagan Foundation has been recognizing outstanding high school leaders from across the country since 2011.

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