District 209 Board of Education Recognizes Proviso East High Honor Roll Students
December 11, 2015 12:45 PM
The Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Board of Education recognized the achievements of 17 Proviso East High School students who earned a place on the "High" Honor Roll during the first quarter at its regular meeting on December 8 at Proviso East.
The students earned a grade point average of at least a 4.0 to earn a place on the High Honor Roll. Dr. Patrick Hardy, principal at Proviso East, said that despite challenges, the students showed their ability to succeed through their hard work and determination.
"They have the grade to prove it," he said. "This is only for the first quarter. We simply ask that you be relentless in your pursuit of excellence and that what you’re doing becomes contagious."
The following students were honored: Jose Antonio Alba, Jessenia Alondra Arredondo, Regine Bowman, Marshaun Campbell, Karen Elizabeth Davila, Dalal El Barbarawi, Melissa Espinoza, Justice Fowler, Esseence Jakyah Jacob, MyLeah Matheny, Jailene Ortega, Miguel Angel Ortiz-Jaramillo, Destiny Lamya Tartt, Raven Thomas, Keyanna Turner, Alice Villalva, and Dominique Wallace.
The Board also recognized Ms. Marcia LaPorte, a Proviso East art teacher, for her work in "Sustainable Agriculture" with Triton College. Ms. LaPorte recently was honored by the Des Plaines Valley Region (DVR) Education for Employment for "Best Practices" for her work on a community garden across the street from Proviso East. Dr. Hardy said that she showed how efforts to conserve the environment have grown since the beginning of time.
"Ms. LaPorte has exemplified those ancient and contemporary practices," Dr. Hardy said. "She serves as a living reminder that our resources are not free at all."
In her Board President’s report, Mrs. Theresa L. Kelly, president of the Board of Education, said that progress has been made during 2015. Thanking Board members who chaired Board committees, she also highlighted several current projects and upcoming activities, including the annual military inspections by the Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corp (NJROTC) units at Proviso East and Proviso West on December 10 and 11, respectively, and the Proviso East Winter Choir and Band Concert on December 14, as well as the ongoing superintendent search.
"We have begun good work this year, but we have more to do," Mrs. Kelly said. "My wish is to make 2016 the most progressive and phenomenal year Proviso has ever seen."