Niagara Gazette — Only 246 young people in the United States qualified for the prestigious Gold Medal Award this year, and only eight students from New York state qualified. Gidley is the only person from upstate New York to be receiving the Gold Medal in 2013. Notably, Jonathan is the only person from Congressman Collin’s district ever to earn the Congressional Gold Medal in the 34 years since the program was established in 1979. The only other medal awarded by the United States Congress is the Medal of Honor.
He is the son of Lauren and Jamie Gidley.