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Proviso East, Proviso West Students Shine at West Suburban Conference Leadership Conference

December 11, 2015 12:35 PM
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Student leaders from Proviso East High School and Proviso West High School recently attended the West Suburban Conference Leadership Conference at the Rosemont Convention Center on November 24.
 
The West Suburban Conference Leadership Conference, sponsored by the 14 schools that make up the West Suburban Conference, is designed to develop leaders among student-athletes and members of other school activities, according to Ms. Cina McCray, activity coordinator at Proviso East. At the conference, student meet with student leaders from the other schools in the conference and collaborate on their ideas for future events in their own schools. They also share information about their particular sports or activities, including the good and bad aspects, how to participate well, and what to do and not to do in developing their respective activities.
 
"The conference is geared to help build the future leaders of our school," Ms. McCray said. "We hope that our students will take information learned and spread it as well as implement it throughout our school."
 
More than forty students from Proviso East and Proviso West were among the approximately 1,000 students who attended the conference. Ms. Adenike Natschke, activity coordinator at Proviso West, said that the objective of the conference was to help students build positive peer relationships with one another and learn to cultivate their leadership skills within the school culture.
 
"My hope is that students will learn how to positively communicate with their peers and apply the leaderships skills acquired at the event to their daily interactions on and off campus," Ms. Natschke said.
 
Mr. Oscar Hawthorne, principal at Proviso West, said that the students who were selected to attend the conference are leaders in the school.
 
"These are students who are leaders in different activities," he said. "These students are our future leaders, and I congratulate them for taking the necessary steps to continue to grow in their skills."
 
Dr. Patrick Hardy, principal at Proviso East, said that the Proviso students did not merely attend the conference, but led discussion sessions as well.
 
"Our students were leaders at this conference," he said. "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."
 
Congratulations to all of our students who attended! Way to represent Proviso! 
 
Photos by Dr. Patrick Hardy, principal at Proviso East High School.
 
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