Proviso East Senior Makes the Grade in Classroom, Basketball Court
November 6, 2015 10:25 AM
Kelsee McGowan has a busy life.
The Proviso East High School senior is a member of the Proviso East girls’ basketball team, which included playing in an area fall league. She works part-time at Kids Foot Locker.
Most importantly, however, she is a student. In her first quarter at Proviso East, she earned straight A’s, including three A-pluses in her English, culinary arts, and inter-related co-op classes.
Kelsee said that it is a matter of priorities for her success.
"I just feel like academics come first before anything, so I do what I have to do in the classroom," she said. "I apply myself to the fullest the best that I can, and I feel like everything else will come naturally. I was raised to do my best and the payoff will be really nice if I do my best."
Dr. Patrick Hardy, principal at Proviso East, said that Kelsee is a good role model for other students at Proviso East.
"Kelsee McGowan is a great example of the effort that one needs to put forth to succeed in both athletics and the classroom," Dr. Hardy said. "She is to be commended for her effort and her accomplishments."
Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209, had similar thoughts, saying that Kelsee is an example of the type of student who is striking the right balance between academics and extracurricular activities.
"She is an amazing student, and we are very proud of her," Dr. Collins-Hart said. "I congratulate Kelsee on her success and her hard work, and I wish her luck in her future endeavors."
Kelsee, a transfer from Willowbrook, said that she wants to enjoy the rest of her senior year before moving on to college to one day become a sports agent or an FBI agent. However, she now looks ahead to her senior season as a member of the girls’ basketball team at Proviso East.
"From what we’ve seen in the fall league, we’re going to be good," Kelsee said. "We’re trying to go down to state this year. That’s our long-term goal."
Way to Keep Proviso Rising, Kelsee!