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Scholar of Excellence: Proviso East Student to be Honored by National Football Foundation for Athletics and Academics

Proviso East Senior Darvis PridGeon of Bellwood will be recognized by the National Football Foundation (NFF) for his excellence in academics and athletics.

“Darvis’ accomplishments on the football field, in the classroom, and in the community are very impressive,” said NFF Volunteer President Christopher P. Kearney.

PridGeon ranks at the top of his senior class with a 4.5 G.P.A. He is also a constant on Proviso East’s honor roll list and he is Vice President of the National Honor Society. In addition to academic excellence, PriDgeon was Proviso East’s 2009 football team captain, 2009 team academic player of the year, 2009 most improved player, All-West Suburban Conference Player, and an All-West Suburban Conference Academic Award Recipient. He also volunteers to tutor other students in math and science.

That’s why the NFF chose to honor PridGeon as one of three scholar-athletes in the state of Illinois.

“It is a great opportunity and honor to be recognized by the National Football Foundation,” said PridGeon. “I thank god for blessing me with the opportunity to receive this award. I’ve been playing football since I was six years old. I didn’t even realize that there was a national foundation for football. It’s filled with a lot of great and famous athletes. So, when I found out that I would be recognized, I was astounded and amazed.”

PridGeon will receive a $6,000 college scholarship from NFF. He will also be honored at NFF’s annual award ceremony on Monday, February 22 from 3:30-6:00 p.m. at Halas Hall (1000 Football Drive, Lake Forest).  The Voice of the Chicago Bears, Jeff Joniak, will be the master of ceremonies. Chicago Bears legend Steve McMichael will also be there to give his College Football Hall of Fame acceptance speech. Current and former NFL and college football players will also attend.

PridGeon’s father Ezra PridGeon said, he and his family are extremely proud of Darvis.

“It’s exciting and it’s truly an honor,” said Mr. Ezra PridGeon. “My wife (Mrs. PridGeon) always stressed the importance of academics. Darvis couldn’t participate in sports unless his grades were up to par. So, for him to be able to play three different sports and still maintain high performance in academics says a lot. We’re very proud of him.”

PridGeon plans to attend The University of Missouri to study architecture. Congratulations Darvis! You are a vital part of Proviso Rising!

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