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Proviso East Honor Roll Students, State Scholars Recognized by Board of Education

March 12, 2015 03:30 PM
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Fourteen Proviso East High School students were recognized for achieving high honor roll status during the first semester of the 2014-15 school year and three Proviso East students for being named Illinois State Scholars  at the Board of Education’s regular meeting on Tuesday, March 10, at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy.
 
Mr. Tony Valente, principal at Proviso East, said that the students who made the high honor roll earned a grade point average of at least 3.7. He said that achieving students have opportunities to earn incentives such as tickets to Chicago Bulls games.
 
"These students are now eligible for the next incentive," Mr. Valente said. "They have excellent grades and have achieved high honor roll."
 
The following students made the high honor roll:
  • Jose Alba
  • Carol Lima
  • Leslye Arreola
  • Cinia McCray
  • Lesley Cepeda
  • Miguel Ortiz-Jaramillo
  • Dalal El Barbarawi
  • Khalona Russell
  • Raneen El-Barbarawi
  • Angie Sandoval
  • Eileen Escutia
  • Elena Garcia
  • Ashley Tillman
  • Nitaya Williams
In addition, three other Proviso East students were recognized for being named Illinois State Scholars. They were Victoria Lopez, Destiny Morrow, and Ulises Rodgriguez.  They were among 18,800 students from the Class of 2015, including 25 from PMSA, to receive the designation. According to ISAC, Illinois State Scholars represent approximately the top ten percent of high school seniors, hailing from 671 different high schools across the state. Selection is based on SAT, ACT or Prairie State Achievement Exam scores, and/or class rank at the end of the junior year. High school guidance counselors work with ISAC to determine the winners.
 
For more photos of the honorees being recognized at the meeting, please click here.
 
The Board also received a report on the start of PARCC testing in the District. Dr. Diane Deckert, the District’s director of assessment and planning, said that the new test, which replaces the Prairie State Achievement Examination (PSAE), is based on the Common Core standards, which are being implemented this school year. She said that students take the exam on a computer, and it is rigorous enough where colleges may eventually start to use the test as a placement exam. The first round of the test this year will be administered to third-year English students and students taking Algebra 2 from March 12 through April 2.
 
Board members also had praise for the recent Proviso West Holiday Basketball Tournament, which took place from December 20 to 27, 2014. The top three finishers in the tournament – Stevenson, St. Joseph, and St. Rita of Chicago – were ranked first, second, and third in the state rankings, respectively, following the tournament. The Proviso West tournament was considered the most competitive high school holiday tournament in the state by many media outlets.
 
"I want to commend you for a great tournament," said Mr. Brian Cross, Board vice president. "We were honored."
 
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