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Abundantly active: That’s Bremen’s Silva

Jasmine SilvBremen High School senior has been involved with numerous activities volunteers school district's public relations office.  |

Jasmine Silva, a Bremen High School senior, has been involved with numerous activities and volunteers in the school district's public relations office. | Supplied photo by John Crim

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Updated: June 23, 2014 12:09PM



As Jasmine Silva graduates from Bremen High School in Midlothian, she will be leaving behind a legacy that will be tough for others to match.

Her roster of extracurricular activities is extensive. She has been the treasurer of student council as well as the school’s Business Professionals of America program. She was a member of the National Honor Society, Code of the Braves (a service program), pep club, mathletes, Scholastic Bowl, key club, and family and consumer science. If that weren’t enough, she also tutored in math and science.

She’s athletically talented, too, and participated in tennis, track and cross country. In fact, Silva, 17, received the Sportsmanship Award in cross country in the fall.

In addition, Silva volunteers for the village of Posen administrative offices, Bremen Community High School District 228 public relations office, and the Midlothian Park District’s department of special events. She also serves in the Midlothian Police Department’s peer jury program.

There’s more. Silva has been an integral player in Bremen’s annual food drive and the annual community outreach garage sale.

These accomplishments were recognized recently when she received the Cook County Sheriff’s Youth Medal of Honor for volunteerism.

When asked to choose her favorite activity from high school, Silva couldn’t boil it down to just one.

“I enjoyed mathletes a lot and working at the District 228 public relations office,” said Silva, the daughter of Lorena and Ricardo Silva, of Posen.

“My love of math started when I was little,” Silva said. “My parents always said, ‘Do homework first when you get home.’ My dad made doing math easy. As I grew older, it just came easily to me and I just love it.”

She also enjoyed the hectic pace of the District 228 public relations office. She worked there four days a week for a couple of hours and received credit for her BPA class. She helped write press releases, updated the school’s website and typed up surveys, in addition to other tasks.

“You learn so many things and see what goes on behind the school doors,” she said.

She plans to attend Moraine Valley Community College for two years and then transfer to a four-year university to study construction management or financing.

“I want to do something related to math and construction. My dad is a construction supervisor and he’s my inspiration,” said Silva, who is hoping to get a construction internship over the summer.

She said her parents are her role models.

“They are always there for me. Anything I need, I know I can count on them,” she said. “They push me enough so that I get ahead, but not so much. They are just always there. They always tell me, ‘Do what you have to do and never give up.’ ”

Keeping focused will get her to her end goal, she believes.

“I want to become something in life, and I stay focused because I know it will affect me a lot,” Silva said.



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