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Proviso’s Class of 2017 Graduates, Earns Over $30M in Scholarship Money

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The D209 Class of 2017 revel in their achievements — not just graduation but the over $30 million in scholarship money and acceptance letters from over 100 different universities. Below, D209 Supt. Dr. Jesse Rodriguez addresses the graduates. | Courtesy District 209 

D209 Graduation_6Saturday, May 27, 2017 || By Community Editor || @maywoodnews

On May 20, the Proviso Township High School District 209’s Class of 2017 strolled across the stage at the University of Illinois-Chicago Pavilion and into a world of opportunity.

The more than 800 graduates, from Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School and Proviso Math and Science Academy graduates, accepted their diplomas in front of a crowd of over 7,000 supporters.

Collectively, they earned over $30 million in scholarships and have accumulated acceptance letters to over 100 different universities, school officials said.

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The ceremony featured keynote addresses given by Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White and Bridget Lewis, a business strategist and Proviso East graduate.

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Class of 2017, thank you for contributing to the success of PTHS D209. You make us Proviso Proud and we encourage you to stand strong, continue to inspire, and make a meaningful difference in the world through empowerment and excellence.

For more photographs, click here. VFP

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3 thoughts on “Proviso’s Class of 2017 Graduates, Earns Over $30M in Scholarship Money

  1. Congratulations to the class of 2017! I wish everyone all the best with their future endeavors and never forget to give back to their schools that made them the people they are today.

  2. Happy for the students who completed the high school requirements, but we must measure success in a more complete an honest way. The number is low between three schools. We must rewind the senior class back to its freshman enrollment, if each school freshmen enrollment class graduated a high percentage of there enrollment class, then our school system is successful. The time has come to evaluate our education system correctly. Good luck seniors.

    • FINANCE MOM: That’s true. But, the entire 10 towns of the Proviso Township needs to attend these board of education meetings and hold the new elected officials accountable. Parents really need to get involved in their children’s education. Also, the schools and communities need to collaborate, build a partnership to allow these students that are attending the high schools to become good productive citizens.

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