The Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Board of Education honored 17 students for their academic excellence and achievements at its meeting on Tuesday, May 13, at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy.
The Board recognized Jennifer Ramirez, a senior at Proviso East High School, and Izaura Ocampo, a senior at Proviso West High School, for being named the valedictorian of their respective graduating classes. In addition, Stephanie Gonzalez and Crystal Magallon were honored for being named the salutatorians of their classes at Proviso East and Proviso West, respectively. The four students were presented a plaque in recognition of their accomplishment.
"The Board of Education of District 209 honors academic excellence," said Ms. Kim Echols, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction for District 209. "These students will become a part of District 209’s academic hall of fame."
In addition, Ava Raddatz and Lyndell Wilson, seniors at PMSA, were recognized for being granted the highest amount of scholarship money among PMSA students. Ava has received $1,599,500 in merit scholarships for college, while Lyndell has received $1,023,120 in merit scholarships.
Dr. Bessie Karvelas, principal at PMSA, also recognized 11 PMSA students for having perfect attendance during the 2013-14 school year. They were George Cepeda, Cristian Contreras, Kevion Davis, Anyela Jaramillo, Citlali Martinez, Ashley Mitchell, LeRayah Neely-Brown, Jesse Nunez-Palomares, Nathaniel Rodriguez, Tyler Sowell, and Zechariah Watkins.
"I commend these 11 students for their outstanding commitment to their education," Dr. Karvelas said. "Through this treacherous winter, they persevered and made their school attendance their number one priority."
Later in the meeting, Mr. Daniel J. Adams, Board President, commended the work of Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209; Mr. Tony Valente, principal at Proviso East; and the faculty and staff at Proviso East for their work in getting the school ready to be reopened from a fire there on May 10. About 10 rooms were damaged, causing the closure of the school for two days before reopening on Wednesday, May 14, with 15 teachers moved to other areas of the building.
"You guys did a great job," Mr. Adams said.