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District 209 Board, Senator Lightford Honor PMSA State Scholars

February 12, 2015 03:30 PM
Twenty-four students from Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy were honored by the Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Board of Education and State Sen. Kim Lightford at the joint Board-Financial Oversight Panel meeting on Tuesday, February 10, at PMSA.
The 24 PMSA seniors were among 28 District 209 seniors recognized as Illinois State Scholars by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission. 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.
"I commend these 24 seniors for their outstanding commitment to their education," said Dr. Bessie Karvelas, principal at PMSA. "These students have dedicated themselves to their studies and have embraced the rigor of our curricula that is associated with academia."
The following students were recognized for their achievements:
  • Janel Avila
  • Kawanis Bowers
  • Jayla Brown
  • Hailey Caffie
  • Camilo Carrasco
  • Olivia Cole
  • Casey Creed
  • Kristina Crespo
  • Brianna Earskine
  • Daniel Minguez
  • Jacob Sierra
  • Khushi Suri
  • Alex Tam
  • Jonah Victorson
  • Janette Zaragoza
  • Karlan Kuhr
  • Nataly Martinez
  • Fabricio Garcia
  • Shannon Hegarty
  • Emmanuel Hernandez
  • Ruslan Horechko
  • Azher Jaweed
  • Nadia Love
  • David Dowdle
State Senator Kim Lightford also made an appearance with the honored students, posing for photos and meeting with them during the meeting.
"The students who have been selected as State Scholars are among the best and brightest," said Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent for District 209. "They have worked hard for their achievement and we commend them for their accomplishments."
In addition, the Board and FOP approved a resolution to issue $10 million in bonds, pending a legal review. The money from the General Obligation Limited Tax School Bonds will help pay for capital work to be completed this summer at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and PMSA. Recently, Standard & Poor’s Rating Services upheld the "A-" bond rating that District 209 earned last year.


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