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District 209 Board of Education Honors Proviso West State Scholars, Golden Apple Nominees

January 15, 2016 02:05 PM
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The Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Board of Education honored the nine Proviso West High School students who have been named Illinois State Scholars as well as three Proviso West teachers who have been nominated for the prestigious Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching Award at its regular meeting on Tuesday, January 12, at Proviso West.
 
Mr. Oscar Hawthorne, principal at Proviso West, said that the nine students, all seniors, had scored above the 95th percentile on the ACT and Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) exams in being named Illinois State Scholars by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission. Selection is based on SAT, ACT or Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessment scores, and/or class rank at the end of the junior year. High school guidance counselors work with ISAC to determine the winners.
 
"They have excelled in their performance," Mr. Hawthorne said. "They played a role in Proviso West achieving its highest ACT average in six years."
 
The following students were honored: Syeda Ali, Danny Belmonte, Davon Branch, Dennis Bryant, Annabel Calderon, Verenice Payan, Jessica Pop, Miles Royal, and Linda Zaragoza.
 
The Board also recognized three Proviso West teachers - Ms. Tracy Jackowiak, special education teacher; Ms. Michelle Lucas-Duckins, science teacher; and Dr. Bozena Suwary, science teacher - who have been nominated for the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching Award. According to the website of the Golden Apple Foundation, which presents the award, the Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Teaching recognize and honor outstanding teachers for their role in building a stronger, better-educated society.
 
Mr. Hawthorne said that 10 teachers ultimately would be chosen for the award.
 
For more photos of the honorees, please click here.
 
The Board also recognized Mr. Luther Curtis, who is retiring as security supervisor at Proviso West at the end of January. After a standing ovation from the Board, administrators, and the audience, he thanked Mrs. Theresa Kelly, president of the Board of Education, for her support.
 
"Fifteen years ago, she told my wife about this job," he said. "Hopefully, I haven’t let you down."
  
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