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Board of Education Honors Proviso West State Scholars

April 16, 2015 03:30 PM
The Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Board of Education honored the 10 Proviso West High School seniors who were recognized as Illinois State Scholars and the number one ranked high jumper in the state at its regular meeting on April 14 at Proviso West.
Mr. Oscar Hawthorne, principal at Proviso West, said that the 10 Illinois State Scholars scored in the 95th percentile on the ACT college entrance exam. 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.
"They have demonstrated excellent performance," Mr. Hawthorne said.
The following Proviso West students were recognized as Illinois State Scholars:
  • Kya Garrett
  • Marcus Hopkins
  • Breanna Liddell
  • Edgar Lopez
  • Mark Martinez
  • Jason Nardella
  • Akintola Oyetayo
  • Rocio Palacios
  • Antony Sanders
  • Patricia Vazquez
With the Proviso West students, 38 Illinois State Scholars attend District 209 schools.
Mr. Hawthorne specifically recognized Patricia Vazquez for not only being named as an Illinois State Scholar, but also being named the winner of an $180,000 scholarship from the United States Navy. She also received an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.
Also honored by the Board was Jamante Steward, a Proviso West senior who is ranked number one in the state and number five in the nation in the high jump event in track. Jamante had achieved a high jump of six feet, 10 inches in a meet earlier this season, he said.
The Board also approved a contract for students from Proviso East, Proviso West, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy to take part in a four-day tour of colleges in Illinois.
Mrs. Kim Echols, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction for District 209, said that up to 50 students from each school will be able to participate in a tour of Illinois colleges and universities that will include Illinois State University, Eastern Illinois University, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the University of Illinois at Chicago, DePaul University, Northwestern University, Kendall College, and Northern Illinois University. She said that the college tours, which will take place for each school in June, exposes the participating students to college life and the process of applying for admission.
"The college tour continues to motivate our students as they explore their college options," Mrs. Echols said. "We want to promote kids getting into the college that is the best fit for them. I think the tour provides an invaluable experience for the kids."
Mrs. Echols also said that the scores on the ACT college entrance exam who participated in the District's ACT test prep program also were looking better. She said that the average ACT score for those students was 18.9 out of a possible 36 at Proviso East, 18.4 at Proviso West, and 22.7 at PMSA.
"Proviso’s average state ACT is very competitive in the state of Illinois," Mrs. Echols said.


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