Margarito Diaz appears to be a quiet and humble senior at Proviso East High School, but to his teachers he is much more. They know Margarito as a science wiz with a knack for problem solving, team building, and complex analysis.
“Margarito has exhibited a real keen sense for science,” said Proviso East chemistry teacher, Mr. Lid. “He learns quickly, he analyses very well, and he does a good job of solving complex problems. He has really come into his own. He’s one of our strongest science students, and he has such a great future in the field.”
It is no wonder. Margarito has already been given two science awards this school year. He was congratulated by the Board of Education for receiving the Baush & Lomb Honorary Science Award and the Project SEED Chemical Society Research Project Award. Margarito , who takes all honors classes and boasts a 4.1 G.P.A., spent his entire summer working at Loyola University with scientists and college students researching the structure of protein. He worked with other students and professors on a project to discover how to make bacteria less resistant to antibiotics. Now, with two science awards under his belt, Margarito says he is glad that his hard work is paying off.
“These awards really encourage me to work harder and to just keep doing the best that I can,” he said. “I didn’t know that science would be my best subject, but I’m really good at it. It’s good to be recognized for the work that I put into it. I feel really proud of myself. Hard work pays off.”
Margarito is not the only one who is proud. His science teachers are too. They say the awards are well deserved.
“He is an excellent, conscientious student,” said Proviso East physics teacher, Mr. Beidas. “Margarito and all of our kids are extremely capable. They just have to be challenged. Margarito is always prepared in class, and he is always willing to help others. His character is impeccable, and he’s just an unbelievable student.”
Congratulations Margarito! Keep up the excellent work!