Hillside, IL...The athletic successes continue for Jameer Thurman.
Thurman, a senior at Proviso Math and Science Academy, recently placed in third place at 195 pounds for Proviso West in the IHSA State Wrestling Finals. This follows a successful football season at Proviso West where he starred as a defensive back and helped lead the Panthers to a fourth straight appearance in the state playoffs.
Thurman, 18, said that he approached the wrestling finals as something fun to do. Crediting his coaches for his success, he said that he wanted to end his high school wrestling career well.
"I wanted to end my wrestling career on a high note," he said. "Third place in state was what I was thinking about."
His coach at Proviso West, Famous Hulbert, said that Jameer is "one of the hardest working kids that I’ve ever had the pleasure of coaching."
"Words can’t express how proud I am of Jameer Thurman," Mr. Hulbert said. "Jameer epitomizes what a real student-athlete is; I’m very proud of him."
Ms. Kim Echols, principal at PMSA, called Jameer a "legend, icon, role model and exemplary student."
"He has achieved excellence in education and athletics," she said. "He is a giant on and off of the field. However, his spirit is warm, calming, humble and focused. He has a laser-like focus on excelling at everything that he does. Mr. and Mrs. Thurman have been extremely supportive of Jameer, and this resilient and phenomenal young man will continue to do well after graduation."
Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent at District 209, said that Thurman was an example of the hard working students in District 209.
"We continue to see students excel in different areas, whether it is sports or the classroom," she said. "It is a great thing to be able to have someone able to excel in both areas. Despite obstacles at the beginning of the year, this young man rose above and performed well. I am very proud of him, and we have pledged to provide more support for this outstanding program."
Thurman will attend Indiana State University in the fall, where he plans to major in civil engineering and play football. He had received interest from the University of Illinois, University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Northwestern University, and the University of North Dakota.