Four Proviso East High School student-athletes have signed their letters of intent to continue their academic and athletic careers in college next school year.
At a special ceremony in the Proviso East social room on April 15, DaTasia Almon, Diamond Copeland, and Jasmine Levy of the Proviso East girls’ basketball team signed their letters of intent with Miami Dade College, Roosevelt University, and Northeastern Oklahoma A&M University, respectively. In addition, Mia Herrod, a Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy senior who played for the Proviso East girls’ volleyball team, signed a letter of intent to attend the University of Charleston in West Virginia.
Mr. Tony Valente, principal at Proviso East, said that the day was a time to celebrate the girls’ academic and athletic accomplishments.
"We need them to know how hard they’ve worked," he said. "(Parents), you’d be proud to have any of these girls as a daughter. They’re humble kids because of (parents and other family members)."
Ms. Tiffany Vance, coach of the Proviso East girls’ volleyball team, said that Mia and the other girls were good role models for other students at Proviso East.
"I know that you’ll do well at any school you go to," Ms. Vance said. "I’m so proud to see you show our other student-athletes that this can happen."
Mr. Ezra PridGeon, coach of the Proviso East girls’ basketball team, credited DaTasia, Diamond, and Jasmine helped the team grow to a point of excellence, including the 2014-15 squad that finished 24-4.
"The program would not be where it is today without these three girls," he said. "You will be missed."