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Proviso West Students Honored at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Breakfast

January 22, 2015 03:30 PM
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Four Proviso West High School students were recognized for their achievements at the 14th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast at the Best Western Chicago Hillside Hotel in Hillside on Monday, January 19.
 
Briana Wilson, a Proviso West senior, was announced as the winner of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Student Award by the Hillside Human Relations Commission. According to the nomination letter from Mr. Oscar Hawthorne, principal at Proviso West, Briana has demonstrated a "tremendous amount of grit" while a student at Proviso West as she improved her grades to a 3.45 grade point average and a ranking in the top 15 percent of students in the Class of 2015.
 
"This is a very goal oriented young woman," Mr. Hawthorne wrote in the letter, citing Briana’s fashion design teacher at Proviso West, Ms. Constance Jesukaitis. "Despite having to work hard to catch up, Briana accomplished a sparkling career resume and a grade of ‘A.’ Staff and students know Briana to be an all-around nice young lady who has found her path to success."
 
Mr. Herman Walter, a member of the Hillside Human Relations Commission, said in his introduction of Briana that the goal of the award was for Proviso West to present the school’s most improved student of 2014. He read the nomination letter from Mr. Hawthorne before presenting the award.
 
"These are the types of students we want to meet," Mr. Walter said. "It takes hard work and she has worked hard."
 
Briana said that she was honored to win the award.
 
"I want to thank my teacher, Ms. Jesukaitis, and Mr. Hawthorne for nominating me," Briana said. "I was helped by hard work and knowing that I wanted to go to college so I can further my education."
 
In addition, Proviso West students, Corey Thomas, Kyle Smith, and Avriel Watson were awarded first, second, and third places, respectively, in the commission’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day art contest. They were awarded prizes of $100, $75, and $50 each, respectively, for their drawings of Dr. King.
 
In addition to the awards, Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of Proviso Township High Schools District 209, presented a brief overview of recent accomplishments in the District. She said that all three schools in the District saw gains in their state test scores, while the District has improved its financial status and has begun new educational programs such as the cosmetology and barber program and the Project Lead the Way pre-engineering program at Proviso West.
 
"We must commend the success of our students because that’s what keeps them motivated," Dr. Collins-Hart said. "The schools cannot do it alone. Events like this show how much the community cares."
 
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!
 
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