'207's Best' for Extracurricular Achievement

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'207's Best' honored for Extracurricular Achievement
Posted on 06/06/2018
Four seniors were recently honored by the Maine Township High School District 207 Board of Education as “207's Best.”  For May honors, Brandon Christopher, of Maine South, Olga Goumas, of Maine East, and Destiny Onyeise, of Maine West, were recognized for Extra-Curricular Achievement during the Board of Education’s May meeting. Also recognized was Maine South senior Ryan Prendergast, who was unable to attend the April Board meeting, when honors were given for Technology Innovation and Leadership. 

In his introductory letter, Maine East Principal Dr. Mike Pressler, characterized Olga Goumas as “always willing to volunteer, quietly assume control, and get the job done.”  Her list of activities includes serving as Co-President of the Principal’s Leadership Team, a Student Council member,  a PE Leader, an Assembly MC, a four-year member of the basketball program and a member of the Maine East Cares and Bake for a Change clubs. She has taken a challenging course load, including several Advanced Placement and accelerated courses. Dr. Pressler quoted several teachers who lauded Olga for her maturity, leadership, positive energy and dedication to academics and extracurricular activities alike. He noted that his work with Olga on his Principal’s Student Leadership Team leads him to conclude that Olga is “a class act who is sure to be successful at whatever she sets out to achieve.” Olga told the Board she will study nutrition at St. Louis University in preparation for a career as a dietitian.

The “207's Best’ program recognizes outstanding students monthly throughout the school year.  Academic achievement awards are given in two months. Awards for community service, fine and performing arts, improved performance, elective area of achievement, technology leader/innovator and extracurricular achievement are given one month each. Teachers nominate students, and an executive committee makes final decisions. Honorees are then recognized by the Board of Education, which instituted the program.

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