On Friday, May 3rd, selected students from the region were celebrated by the Illinois Principal Association (IPA) for their outstanding work. Whether it be for leadership, academic performance, community involvement students were nominated for the positive impact their have at their schools. The two nominations from Southwest were Joseph H. and Tess L. Students celebrated the award with their families, their 5th Grade teachers, Mrs. Grebenor and Mrs. Daniher, as well as Principal Bogdan. The students attended a breakfast at Odessey Country Club in Tinley Park. Thanks to Tess and Joey for all of their fantastic work. We'll certainly miss you at Southwest next year but are looking forward to hearing about all your future accomplishments. See a picture of Tess and Joey below as well as their bios from the awards program.
Joseph is an exemplary student who embodies the "Be Respectful, Be Responsible, Be Safe" ideology of Southwest School. Joseph has shown excellent academic achievement and an advanced technological expertise. Joseph has had many roles inside and outside of school: Student Council, Cheer Squad, Student Monitor, Volleyball, and Gymnastics. He has shown his talents in musicals at the Beverly Arts Center and has shown his heart by fundraising for families affected by suicide. Joseph's helpful, caring, enthusiastic attitude makes him a true role model for all.
Tess L. possesses many qualities that make her an excellent role model for others. She is an outstanding young lady. She not only excels academically but is extremely responsible and respectful. She goes out of her way to help others. At school, she was a member of the Running Club and volunteered to participate in a fundraising walk to raise money for families in need. Outside of school, Tess is involved in a book club with friends. She has incorporated themes from the books she has read to help others. After reading "Lemonade Wars," she had a lemonade stand to raise money for hurricane victims. After reading "A Hundred Dresses," she worked to collect over 300 dresses to donate to girls in need. Tess is a well-rounded student as she participates in school events, sports, and extra-curricular activities.