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2012-2013 Achievements

Providence St. Mel School

2012-2013      Accomplishments


Make Music Chicago

On June 21st, the summer solstice, our Providence St. Mel choir members gave several performances as part of the second annual Make Music Chicago celebration which featured hundreds of talented musicians performing on public stages all across the city.  The PSM choir was honored to be featured as the grand finale act at St. James Cathedral where their performance was broadcast live on the radio!


Educator of the Year Award

Providence St. Mel School was awarded the National Excellence in Education Award by Walmart at the 83rd annual Bud Billiken Back to School Parade.  Bud Billiken is the oldest and largest African American parade in the United States and thousands came out to participate in what has become a yearly celebration of youth and education.


Writing Competitions

Out of 650 plays entered in the Pegasus Young Playwrights competition, Ammaarah Yameen was one of 20 students to receive honorable mention, and Jordyn Harrison was one of the 10 finalists.  Additionally, Jeanette Greene was a semi-finalist in the statewide contest, Letters About Literature, for her letter to Pazcaul Villarongo for his poem “The So-Called.”  Congratulations to our writers!


ABC7 Weather Sketchers

PSM 4th grade students, Brandon Landfair, London Edwards, Ariel Myrick, and 5th graders Mia Williams, Brenna Goliath, Maya Phillips, and Brianna Pickett’s colored pencil artwork depicting drawings of storms were featured on Tracey Butler’s Weather Sketchers on the ABC7 morning news program.  Compliments to all of our talented artists!

London Edwards’ storm artwork featured on Weather Sketchers


PECS Principal Angela Johnson Williams Receives Principal Achievement Award

CPS recently notified Angela Johnson Williams that she has been given a Principal Achievement Award, which recognizes school leaders who have promoted “exceptional growth by their students over the course of the last school year.”  Specifically, CPS cited PECS’ growth in reading and math test scores in granting the award.  This is the inaugural year that such awards have been given, part of a Chicago Leadership Collaborative initiative designed to support and reward principals for “building school environments that drive student success.”  Congratulations to Angela on her achievement!

National Achievement Program

Of the 160,000 students that participated in the 2013 National Achievement Program three PSM students scored in the top three percent! Well done Seniors Adam Harris, Tiara Turner, and Mariah Williams.


Lady Knights Volleyball

Congratulations to volleyball players Vesper Turner, for being voted First Team All-Conference in The Chicago Prep Conference, and Stephanie Williams, as Second Team All-Conference.  PSM is proud of you, Go Knights!

PSM’s Lady Knights volleyball team


Shakespeare Competition

The Shakespeare Competition is an event which challenges students to compete in the performance of monologues and sonnets written by the bard himself.   The event is sponsored by The English Speaking Union of the United States, and our winner Marcellus Burt will compete in the City Regionals at Roosevelt University in Chicago.  Thank you to all of our participating students – your elegant, beautiful and impassioned performances gave us joy and a wonderful theatrical experience.


American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP) Poster and Poetry Contest

Erin Crawford and Nia Reed won Second Place in the Poster Contest and Aliyah Tobler, Phillip Sandifer, Imani Sewell, and Nia Howard won Third Place.  Jessica Bailey and Adina Harris won First Place in the Poetry Competition, Sarita Anderson won Second Place, and Courtey Gardner and Jasmine Wright won third place.  Felicitaciones!


Poster and Poetry contest contestants along with PSM Spanish teachers Ms. Adrienne Fama and Ms. Amy Dean


National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) Jr. TryMathalon

PSM was represented by William Browns, Samuel Sentongo, Ammarah Yameen, and Ifunanya Obidi in the NSBE Jr. TryMathalon. Out of 13 schools across the Midwest, Providence St. Mel came in third place following the two day competition, and was awarded bronze medals during an awards banquet in November.  We congratulate them on their success!


Illinois Music Educators Association (IMEA) All-State Honors Choir

Following several rounds of competition, PSM Senior, Adam Harris and, Junior, Bernard Lilly were named All-State Musicians by the Illinois Music Educators Association.  Bernard Lilly was also selected to be in the All-State Honors Choir, this is the first time in PSM history that a junior has earned this level of musical recognition.  Congratulations, gentlemen!


Stock Market Games

Congratulations to the PSM Stock Market Teams for winning second and third in the high school division in the Chicago Stock Market Game for the fall semester!  Over 13,800 Illinois students in grades 4-12 participated in this educational program.  In the Chicago High School competition, 94 student teams participated. Also, out of 150 student participants, Providence St. Mel teams placed 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in the Spring All Chicago and Suburbs Middle School Chicago Board Options Exchange Stock Market Game. The three seventh grade teams are PSM’s first ever sweep of the competition!



Our Lady Knights Basketball team was the regional champion for the first time since the 1980’s! The Providence St. Mel Knights Varsity basketball team finished another winning season.  For the second year in a row our boys’ basketball team has won the Regional and Super-sectional Championships. Junior, Khalil Small received an Illinois Associated Press honorable mention and was awarded the Chicago Prep Conference Player of the Year.  Coach Tim Ervin was awarded the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Coach of the year for an outstanding second year in a row.  Go Knights!


LEGO Robotics

Providence St. Mel’s LEGO Robotics Team received the Research Award at the Regional competition.  The First LEGO League engages students in scientific research, team-building, robot design, programming, and presentation.  The team consisted of middle and high school students. Congratulations team!

History Fair

Eight Finalists from Providence St. Mel’s History Fair competed against students from all over Chicago this March in city level History Fair.  During preparation for History Fair, students choose a topic relating to Chicago and the national theme, and this year’s theme was Turning Points in History. Following the city level round four Providence St. Mel Students advanced to the Metro Finals.  Marcellus Burt, Jordyn Harrison, Vicari Sharkey were recognized for their outstanding research papers, and Fanita Robins for her exceptional website.  Additionally, Junior, Jordyn Harrison was awarded the New Deal Historical Research Award- Chicago History Fair for her paper on Su Lin.

Jordyn Harrison celebrates her New Deal Historical Research Award


Poetry Competition

Providence St. Mel sent our first team to compete in Louder Than a Bomb, Chicago’s annual youth poetry slam hosted by Columbia College and WBEZ. Poets Asante Neron, Alicia Wright, Jordan Hurst, Terrance Williams, and Tiara Turner wowed the judges and PSM was awarded second place in round one and fourth place in round two.  For her individual poem, “Oreo,” Jordan Hurst scored the highest of any poet in round one and made it to semifinals.


Zaner-Bloser National Handwriting Contest

PSM first grade student Tresure Johnson was recognized for her excellence in penmanship and awarded the 1st grade level award in the 2013 Zaner-Bloser National Handwriting Contest.  This nationwide yearly contest promotes legible handwriting, and the entrants are judged by the size, shape, spacing, and slant of their handwriting.  Congratulations to Tresure!



Providence St. Mel students competed in the Regional Competition for WYSE (World-Wide Youth in Science and Engineering). WYSE is a competition sponsored by University of Illinois to foster students’ interest in the field of engineering.  PSM was awarded first place and a 14 member team advanced to the Sectional level. Senior, Samuel Sentongo earned a second place score in Physics, third place in Math, and a second place prize for Chemistry. Samuel then represented Providence St. Mel at the WYSE State competition and was awarded a third place bronze medal in Chemistry.



ACT-SO is a competition sponsored by the NAACP to promote academic and cultural excellence in African American youth.  PSM Senior, Samuel Sentongo won a first place a gold medal is Earth and Space Science in the DuPage County division. He will compete at the national level this summer in Orlando, Florida. Additionally, sophomore, Joanna Sentongo earned a silver medal in Chemistry.

Samuel Sentongo with his gold medal


National Honors Society

Some of Providence St. Mel’s brightest and best, eleven High School students and six Lower School students, were inducted in to the National Honors Society on March 21.  Selected students display excellence in scholarship, service, leadership, character, and responsibility.  To be considered for nomination, Lower School students needed to have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.75 and High School students need to maintain at least a 3.25 GPA.  This year NHS students raised money in support of Hurricane Sandy relief, the Crop Walk for world hunger, and held a pennies for patients drive for leukemia patients.  Congratulations to the new inductees


IMEA All-State Honors Choir and IHSA/IESA Solo and Ensemble Contest

PSM Senior, Adam Harris and, Junior, Bernard Lilly were named All-State Musicians by the Illinois Music Educators Association.  Bernard Lilly was also selected to be in the All-State Honors Choir, this is the first time in PSM history that a junior has earned this level of musical recognition.  PSM students also competed in in the Illinois High School Association’s State Solo and Ensemble Contest at Loyola Academy and received 7 Division 1 (Superior) ratings.



During quarter three the Middle School students participated in a Math-a-thon, and the proceeds were donated to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to assist children with cancer.  The Math-A-Thon supplements a teacher’s existing curriculum, while also teaching students the importance of helping others. To participate, students ask family and friends for pledges to solve math problems in the Math-A-Thon Funbook. This year’s efforts were in memory of Providence St. Mel Kindergarten student Kelsie Massey, who lost her battle with cancer earlier this year.  The participating sixth and seventh graders raised over $500!


PSM Presents: Godspell

Following months of rehearsals and preparation Providence St. Mel students performed this year’s musical, GodspellGodspell is a series of Gospel parables interspersed with dazzling songs; and our students, faculty, and staff were up to the task of bringing the musical to life.  Congratulations to our outstanding performers!  This year we were honored to have choreography direction provided by the Joffrey Ballet and our students really came to life and were shining examples of what it means to be a Providence St. Mel student.


PSM Published Authors and Students

The Kindergarten class was highlighted in A Celebration of Poets – 2013, a national competition hosted by Creative Communication: A Celebration of Today’s Writers.  The entire Kindergarten class was judged and accepted for publication!  Also, seven of PSM’s art students have had artwork accepted by Celebrating Art to be published in a book that features today’s best student artists. Congratulations to our young poets and artists!


Graduation Rate

For 35 consecutive years, 100% of Providence St. Mel graduates have been accepted to four-year colleges and universities.  An impressive $18.5 million in college scholarships has been awarded to our graduates over the past five years, 2008-2012, in order for their education to continue beyond the walls of Providence St. Mel School.



Terra Nova Standardized Test

In March, Lower and Middle school students took the Multiple Assessment Terra Nova Standardized Test.  Our Lower School scores are 85%, and the Middle School scores are 88%.  Our very impressive average is 86%, which is 36 points higher than the national norm, and an increase of six percentile points from last year! Congratulations to all for a job well done!