Excel: Hunter Jones

By Marcella Kester - For Times Leader
Hunter Jones has received accolades for his movie, ‘The Meaning of Love.’ -
Hunter Jones has received accolades for his movie, ‘The Meaning of Love.’ -

Those who frequent the local arts scene may recognize the name Hunter Jones.

The 18-year-old Coughlin senior co-wrote and directed “The Meaning of Love” last fall. His short film, which was featured by #NEPACoalCreative, amassed numerous local awards while garnering tens of thousands of views.

His extraordinary talent with film and literature, coupled with an extensive academic and athletic accomplishments has led to Hunter being featured in the Excel special section.

Hunter admitted that his favorite class in school is Lisa McCabe’s literature and film class, and it’s not hard to see why.

“I enjoy this class because it further develops and feeds my passion for film and reading, and Mrs. McCabe does a fantastic job introducing me to new work all the time,” Hunter said.

Aside from having his film featured, Hunter has also been given a student spotlight by WVIA, where he was awarded 3rd place for Performing Artist of the Year. He also has received highest honors for his near-perfect GPA.

Hunter is also involved in numerous school activities and groups, and currently acts as the president of his senior class, Student Council vice president, drama club member, key club member and National Honor Society inductee.

When Hunter isn’t busy writing and directing his next blockbuster or excelling in academia, he can likely be found on the field or in the ring. The Bear Creek resident has been on the school’s track and field team throughout high school, and has practiced the sport of boxing at World Class Boxing for the past four years.

“It feels great to get recognition for the time and hard work I’ve put into my academic career thus far as a student of both school and life,” he said.

After graduation Hunter plans on attending Temple University with a focus on film and psychology with a minor in business.

Jones said he’s happy to be someone who thinks outside of the box, and believes the world needs more bright and creative young minds.

“I learned that the world is dying for bolder ideas, for people who are not afraid to study anomalies, and illuminate the future creatively,” he said. “As for myself, I learned I will change the world.”

Hunter is the son of Lisa and Steven Jones.

Hunter Jones has received accolades for his movie, ‘The Meaning of Love.’
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/web1_TTL052518Hunter-Jones2.jpgHunter Jones has received accolades for his movie, ‘The Meaning of Love.’

Hunter Jones has received accolades for his movie, ‘The Meaning of Love.’
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/web1_TTL052518Hunter-Jones1.jpgHunter Jones has received accolades for his movie, ‘The Meaning of Love.’

By Marcella Kester

For Times Leader

Hunter Jones

Age: 18

Hometown: Bear Creek

School: James M. Coughlin High School

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Reach the Times Leader newsroom at 570-829-7242 or on Twitter @TLnews.