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Proviso West Juniors Learn About Leadership at College of DuPage Conference

March 4, 2016 11:30 AM
Select members of the Class of 2017 at Proviso West High School attended a Black Student Leadership Conference at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn on February 23.
These students sat among 300 participants and engaged in workshops and activities with other high achieving students who represented schools from both Chicago and the western suburbs.  Across the day, participants engaged in breakout sessions that covered topics that included the college admissions process and career exploration. In addition, they watched a presentation encouraging them to "find their turbo button" from the conference’s keynote speaker, Mr. Mawi Asgedom, an refugee from Ethiopia who later graduated from Harvard University and became an author.
Students also participated in a mock admissions game that gave them insight into how college and university admissions counselors make admissions decisions and what factors other than grades and test scores impact the admissions process.
"Proviso West students ranked "second to none" in their ability to ask thought-provoking questions, answer panelist questions accurately and intelligently, and interact with presenters in a respectful yet intriguing manner," said Ms. Carla Williams, a Proviso West guidance counselor who accompanied the students to the conference. "We were complimented throughout the day as to how well our students represented Proviso."
Mr. Oscar Hawthorne, principal at Proviso West, commended the students for striving to be leaders.
"Many of our students are leaders in the school and in the community, and a conference such as this one brings out that leadership potential in them," he said. "Our students were leaders at this conference. I was impressed with the kids who were selected."
Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209, said that she was proud of the work that the students did at the conference.
"We encourage all of our students to work hard to pursue their passion," she said. "We are proud of our students for their accomplishments, and we look forward to continuing to see them excel and lead in our schools." 
The following Proviso West High School students took part in the Black Student Leadership Conference at the College of DuPage:
  • Jessundra Anderson
  • Tajohanae Ashcraft
  • Jade Fields
  • Christiauna Gill
  • Jalen Griffin-Herring
  • Jasmine Hugle
  • Akayshia Jones
  • Kierra Jones
  • Ariel Kimbrough
  • TaKayla Lesley
  • Folashadhe Longe
  • Zyon Jones
  • Serenity McKenzie
  • Kenji Moses
  • Augustina Opara
  • Lauren Pearson
  • Kameron Peoples
  • Monesha Reed
  • Patrick Robinson
  • Ceara Sias
  • Shiyan Stallings
  • DeAndre Williams
  • Ionah Wright
Congratulations to all of our students who attended! Way to represent Proviso! 
Reporting and photo contributed by Ms. Carla Williams, a guidance counselor at Proviso West High School. 


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