Proviso East Junior a Winner in Boykin Essay Contest
June 14, 2016 08:59 AM
A student at Proviso East High School has been named a winner in the annual "Be Heard: One Vote Can Change the World Essay Contest" sponsored by Cook County Commissioner, Richard Boykin.
Jennifer Perez, a junior at Proviso East, was named the third place winner by the county Educational Task Force in the essay contest. She wins a $500 cash prize and she will be recognized with the other winners in the contest by the Cook County Board of Commissioners at their meeting on July 13.
The contest was developed in hopes of directing youth towards civic engagement, according to a press release. It featured an art contest for elementary school students and an essay contest for high school students. The essay contest asked students how local, state, and government entities can make voting more attractable and accessible to citizens. Students also were asked to address how voting can influence issues such as violence, lack of educational opportunities, and police brutality.
Dr. Patrick Hardy, principal at Proviso East, said that he was proud of Jennifer, who was honored with the "Principal’s Medal" at Proviso East’s weekly student assembly on June 9.
"Being able to articulate your thoughts clearly and concisely is a valued skill in today’s world," Dr. Hardy said. "I am proud that Jennifer is being been honored for doing that well and she is to be commended."