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Proviso West Students Inducted Into Honor Societies

May 17, 2013 08:30 AM
Hillside, IL...Thirty-two Proviso West High School students were inducted into the National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, and French Honor Society in a ceremony on April 11 in the Proviso West cafeteria.

The students met the individual groups’ criteria of being overall honor students as well as meeting leadership and study requirements. Dr. Roudell Kirkwood, principal at Proviso West High School, said that this is the first year that the induction ceremonies for the three societies were combined.

"We wanted to make sure all groups are recognized equally," he said.

Each group had its own criteria to qualify for induction.

To be eligible for induction into the National Honor Society, a student needs to have at least five semesters in which they earn a grade point average of at least 3.0 of a possible 4.0. The students who meet this criterion are then contacted and invited to submit an application in which they answer questions about their leadership skills and community service as well as write an essay on why they believe they should be inducted. This semester’s induction class of 12 follows the 48 Proviso West students who were inducted in November.

For the Spanish Honor Society, or Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica, a student must have an overall grade point average of at least 3.0, carry an unweighted "A" average in Spanish courses, be currently enrolled in Spanish classes, and get a recommendation from their current Spanish teacher. Eleven students were inducted into the Proviso West chapter at the ceremony.

Nine students were inducted into the French Honor Society, or Société Honoraire de Français. To be eligible, candidates must be enrolled in the fourth semester of French or higher, and they must be at least a sophomore, with some exceptions for freshmen who took French in middle school. Candidates must have maintained at least a 3.4 grade point average or higher in French during the current semester and an average cumulative grade of 3.0 or higher for all French work that is awarded secondary school credit. They also must have maintained a 3.0 grade point average or higher in all other subjects this semester and have an average cumulative grade of "B–" or higher in all other subjects for work awarded secondary school credit.

"We also stress character," Dr. Kirkwood said. "We stress leadership. We stress citizenship and service in all three groups."

Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209, said that high achieving students deserve to be recognized.

"These students have shown what it takes to be high achievers," she said. "They have done well in the classroom, and their success speaks to the great students we have in our district and the great instructors who work with them."

The following students were inducted on April 11:
National Honor Society
Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica
Société Honoraire de Français
Shavona Brown
Jessica Buckley
Allen Dean
Aaliyah Evans
Cristian Flores
Sonya Hill
Monique Johnson
Candace Madison
Vanessa Marines
Briana Smith
Marsha Wright
Marycruz Zepeda
Daniela Granados
Crystal Magallón
Deiajah Matthews
Cinia McCray
Diana Rico
Luis Rivas
Emyise Ruíz
Ruth Tavizón
Marisol Vilchis
María Villalobos
Nicole Williams
Gabriela Gabarin
Justine Gonzalez
Michael Grossett
Breanna Liddell
Edgar Lopez
Joanna Murillo
Paul Ramirez
Moises Sanchez
Patricia Vasquez


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