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Six Proviso West Student-Athletes to Continue Sports in College

May 21, 2015 03:20 PM
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Six Proviso West High School student-athletes – three each from the boys’ basketball and football teams – have signed letters of intent to continue playing their chosen sports in college next year.
 
Mr. Calvin Davis, assistant principal for athletics and activities at Proviso West, said that the student-athletes need to make sure that they are good students, and the six student-athletes who signed are just that. He said that their opportunities to continue playing their sport in college were part of a strategy to find more scholarships for students.
 
"We try to enhance scholarship opportunities," Mr. Davis said. "We think it’s a positive thing and we know you can be successful."
 
The following students will continue their athletic careers in college:
  • Khalil Walker, a three-year starter on the boys’ basketball team and the team’s leading scorer this past season, received a full scholarship to attend Colorado Northeastern Community College in Sterling, Colorado. He plans to major in business management.
  • Darius Jones, a member of the boys’ basketball team, received grants and other scholarship aid to attend the University of Dubuque, where he will major in criminal justice with a minor in psychology.
  • Kyle Smith-Blue, a member of the boys’ basketball team, will walk on to the basketball team at Jackson State University in Jackson, Mississippi, where he will major in finance.
  • Tyrone Neal, a linebacker who was the most valuable player on the Proviso West football team this past season, received a full scholarship to attend Fort Scott Community College in Fort Scott, Kansas. He will study finance.
  • Keith Dixon, a wide receiver and tight end on the football team, will stay home and attend the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, where he will study education.
  • Christopher Crawford, an offensive lineman on the football team, will continue playing at Robert Morris University in Chicago, where he will major in law enforcement.
Mr. Renard Miller, an assistant coach on the boys’ basketball team, encouraged the student-athletes to continue pursuing their education.
 
"Get education first and then play that game," he said. "When you come back to this community, you want to be productive members."
 
Congratulation, Panthers!
 
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