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Proviso West Sophomore Selected to Illinois SADD Student Advisory Board

March 30, 2016 01:12 PM
A Proviso West High School student recently was named to the Illinois Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) Student Advisory Board.
Luigi Cabantog, a sophomore at Proviso West, will serve on the state SADD student advisory board during the 2016-2017 school year with other high school students from across Illinois. According to a letter that he received from Ms. Robyn L. Block, the Illinois SADD coordinator, the student group will formulate recommendations on SADD policies and activities and coordinate the 2016 DomeShift Youth Advocacy Day on November 7 and 8 in Springfield. Luigi also could be asked to represent SADD at conferences, media events, and other public occasions.
Luigi, who joined the Proviso West chapter of SADD during his freshman year, said that he was honored with being selected.
"I was very proud that I got selected when so many students applied for the position," he said. "I applied for this because I believe that peer-to-peer communications is better. Our peers listen better to us than to adults in not making destructive decisions."
Luigi is the latest Proviso West student to be selected to the Illinois SADD Student Advisory Board. In 2014, Limni Jimenez, then a Proviso West junior, was selected to serve on the board. The following year, she was selected to the national SADD student advisory board.
Mr. Oscar Hawthorne, principal at Proviso West, said that he was proud of Luigi.
"We strive for our students to grow into leaders in the community, and Luigi is a prime example of a student becoming a leader," Mr. Hawthorne said. "We are proud of his accomplishment, and we know that he will represent Proviso West well on this board."
Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209, said that she also was proud of Luigi.
"Students often listen more to their peers when it comes to making good decisions," she said. "I am certain that Luigi will do well in this role, and I am delighted that he was selected to represent his school on this board."
Congratulations, Luigi! We know that you will represent Proviso well! 


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