Proviso West Soccer Player Named to Chicago Fire All-Academic Team
November 25, 2015 09:25 AM
A member of the Proviso West High School boys’ soccer team has been named to the 2015 Chicago Fire Boys’ All-State All-Academic second team.
Manuel Sida, who is a senior at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy and a midfielder on the Proviso West boys’ soccer team, was the most valuable player for the Panthers, said coach, Mr. Carlos Villanueva. He was one of 106 student-athletes from across the state of Illinois to be named to one of the All-State All-Academic Teams.
To be nominated by, the player had to be a senior with at least a "B" grade point average that have been a member of their high school soccer program for at least three years. The student-athlete also must be involved in at least two other school or community activities or sports.
"It’s always good to be recognized," Manuel said. "My family and my coach helped me and told me to push myself."
Along with soccer, Manuel also is a four-year member of the Proviso West boys’ volleyball team. He also has been active in activities with the Class of 2016 at PMSA, and he as a lead choreographer at the recent Latino Cultural Assembly at PMSA.
Manuel said that he just does the best he can to balance his schedule.
"Some of my teachers are really understanding," he said. "You have to be smart with your time. You have to make it work."
Dr. Bessie Karvelas, principal at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy, said that she was proud of Manuel.
"Manuel is a great example of the high level of quality and performance in different areas that students at PMSA exhibit daily," she said. "We are so proud of his accomplishments."
Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209, said that she is proud of Manuel.
"He is to be commended for his effort and his accomplishments, and I congratulate him," Dr. Collins-Hart said. "We are all proud of Manuel, and I wish him well in all of his future endeavors."
After graduation in May 2016, Manuel said that he wants to follow in the footsteps of his brother, Ruben, and study electrical engineering, either at the Illinois Institute of Technology or the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He added that he hopes to continue playing soccer in college.