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PMSA Students Win Big at Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast

January 22, 2016 12:00 PM
Two Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy students were winners at the 15th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast at the Best Western Chicago Hillside Hotel in Hillside on Monday, January 18.
This included the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 2016 Dream Award at the breakfast from the Hillside Human Resources Commission, which hosted the breakfast with the Village of Hillside. The nominee needed to be involved in activities that support the dream of Dr. King including working hard in school, church, and the community to be a better citizen and helping people in need. That award went to
K’winece Ray, a sophomore at PMSA. She thanked the people who had helped her, including her parents and her English teacher at PMSA, Ms. Erin Mason.
"I want to thank my English teacher who put the paper in my hand and told me to write it," K’winece said. "I want to thank my dad who helped me write it. I want to thank my mom for supporting me."
K’winece and fellow PMSA student, Marquan Jones, also were among the three winners of the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Essay Contest, which focused on the theme of "Positive Action – Great Results!" Marquan, in his essay, discussed combating negativity in his community by giving back through volunteering at his former elementary school in Maywood.
"As a result of my experiences at my old elementary school, I saw life in a different perspective," he wrote. "It fueled an ever-growing passion I had for knowledge and overall human health. I continue to follow the ideals of Dr. King by working hard in high school and remaining active in my community."
K’winece tied in quotes from Dr. King to show how positive actions can produce great results. This included using peaceful protests against violence, standing together for the common good, and taking initiative in the community.
"Communal reform is vital, if we as people want to obtain great results in our community," she wrote. "Dr. King, through his words and actions, has proven to us that positive actions can indeed yield great results in our community. It is up to us as a people to bring these principles into fruition and to do what is best for our communities."
In addition, Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209, was the keynote speaker of the breakfast. In a talk that included reflections of growing up in Charlotte, North Carolina, and a career that has included the last eight years as superintendent of District 209, she appealed to the approximately 300 people in attendance to be a "kinder, gentler community."
"Our children need models of kindness, gentleness, to counter the negative images that they so often face on reality TV and through social media," Dr. Collins-Hart said. "We have a community full of talent, a community full of hope. It is what we make of it. This community has the capacity to be all it can be."
Along with the PMSA student winners and Dr. Collins-Hart, also appearing with PMSA Voices, a group of students led by Mr. Matt Brown, PMSA music teacher, who sang "Bridge Over Troubled Waters," and the Proviso West High School Naval Junior Reserve Training Corps (NJROTC) Color Guard.
The Hillside Human Rights Commission, along with the Village of Hillside, sponsored the breakfast that honored the life and legacy of Dr. King. For photos from the breakfast, please click here.
Congratulations to the winning students and to Dr. Collins-Hart for her ourstanding service!


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