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Chesapeake to honor 16 students and donate $16,000

SHREVEPORT, LOUISIANA, FEBRUARY 8, 2012 – Students in Caddo and Bossier parishes may soon be spending a little more time in the spotlight. Chesapeake Energy Corporation’s (NYSE: CHK) Discovering Tomorrow’s Leaders contest officially launched on Monday.

The contest is designed to recognize and reward local school students for their citizenship and community involvement. Beginning Feb. 14, two students (one from Caddo Parish and one from Bossier Parish) will be recognized each week for a period of eight weeks. The first two winners will be announced Feb. 17.

“Through our support of education, we are committed to providing leadership as a responsible corporate citizen and dedicated community advocate,” said Paul Pratt, Chesapeake’s Director of Corporate Development. “At Chesapeake, we are excited to demonstrate our commitment to the communities in Caddo and Bossier parishes by presenting Discovering Tomorrow’s Leaders to the outstanding young students. Their hard work and dedication is extraordinary and deserving of recognition.”

Each winning student’s school will receive $1,000 in needed equipment and supplies and all sixteen winners will be recognized at an awards banquet April 24. During the banquet, a drawing will be held, and four lucky students (two each from Caddo and Bossier parishes) will receive a new, fully equipped laptop computer.

Eligible students are members of 4-H Club, FCA or provide community service to any non-profit organization. The Alliance For Education volunteered to select winners based on qualities of leadership and community involvement.

Nominations are due each Tuesday and nomination forms can be found in The Times on Sundays, and online at

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