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Top District 209 Students Named to Academic Hall of Fame

May 31, 2013 02:50 PM
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Forest Park, IL...Proviso Township High Schools District 209 honors academic excellence.

With that goal in mind, the top two students of the Class of 2013 at Proviso East High School, Proviso Math and Science Academy, and Proviso West High School were honored recently by being named to the District 209 Academic Hall of Fame.

Brittany Buckner, who plans to major in business at Western Illinois University in Macomb, and Stephany Galindo, who will be a pre-medicine major at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, were named as the valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, at Proviso East. Chinemerem Katherine Oduh who will study chemistry at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, and Tania Sosa, who will be a pre-medicine major at the University of Illinois at Chicago, were named the valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, at Proviso West. Christina Bolek, who will study forensic chemistry at the University of Mississippi, and Erin Belk, who will major in international communications at the University of Iowa, were named as the top two research scholars at PMSA.

On May 15, the scholars were treated to a ride in a limousine to lunch at the Signature Room at the 95th, located on top of the John Hancock Center in Chicago. They also were presented gifts, and notified that they would be placed in the Academic Hall of Fame for District 209. Later, they were recognized at the Board of Education meeting on May 21 and given plaques and certificates recognizing their achievement.

Their pictures will eventually be displayed in the District 209 Academic Hall of Fame at the district’s administrative offices at PMSA.

"These students have achieved academic excellence and they have risen to the top of their class," said Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209. "They deserve to be congratulated and recognized for their achievements."

Stephany Galindo said that she worked hard throughout high school to achieve what she has accomplished.

"It paid off and I made my family happy," she said. "It’s something I enjoy doing."

Her mother, Ms. Gabriela Galindo, said that she pushed her daughter to work hard, and is happy for what she has achieved and her future plans.

"I’m so proud of her, and she’s working really hard," Ms. Galindo said.

Mrs. Margaret Bolek, Christina Bolek’s mother, said that she was also proud of her daughter.

"She’s a really hard worker and is a conscientious student," Mrs. Bolek said. "She wants to do really well in her studies."

Tania Sosa credited her success in part to her family, who provided extra motivation for her to do well.

"They encouraged me to get good grades," she said. "I wanted to make them proud."

Congratulations to our top scholars and good luck to them in their future endeavors!
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