During Spring Break the Proviso East Marching Pirates performed at South Carolina State to welcome the new President of the University. After a spectacular performance, five Proviso East band members walked away with college acceptance, and big time scholarships.
“We performed in front of a very large audience,” said Proviso East Band Director Reginald Wright. “The Vice President and the President of the University, the faculty and staff of South Carolina State, and all of the music department personnel were present. After the performance, a few of our students auditioned on the spot, and some of them were awarded full scholarships.”
Proviso East Senior Lindsey Jones, who plays the trumpet, was awarded a scholarship of $18,000 per year.
“I feel really good about this,” said Jones, who lives in Maywood. “My mother always said, ‘Lindsey, we don’t have the money so do the best you can.’ This feels good—to not have to worry about how I’ll pay for school or whether or not I can afford to stay in school. It’s just a good feeling.”
Proviso East Senior Kiara Reeves, who also plays the trumpet, was awarded $17,000 per year. PMSA Senior Cletis Seals was awarded $16,000 per year. Proviso East Senior Jarrett Artis, who plays the saxophone, was awarded $15,000 per year.
“I was really excited about the scholarship,” said Artis. “Coming into high school, my goal was to make a way—to go to college without having to take out any loans. I’m just happy that I reached that goal.”
Proviso East Senior Porchanna Jones was also awarded a scholarship. Her amount has not yet been confirmed.
Congratulations Students! We’re so proud of you!
In the photo above: Scholarship Recipients (left-right) Kiara Reeves, Jarrett Artis, Lindsey Jones.