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Proviso West Alum Selected to Fly Over Obama Inauguration

Proviso West Alum and United States Navy Lieutenant Alex Hampton, of Bellwood, is destined to  become a part of one of America's most historical moments by participating in the highly anticipated inauguration of  President Barack Obama (Jan. 20, 2009).


Proviso West Alum Alex Hampton seated in his fighter jet.

Alex Hampton, who graduated from Proviso West in 1994, was a fighter pilot for one of two Navy fighter jets that will honor Obama during the 55th Inaugural Ceremony military fly-over.

Hampton said he's humbled by this event and is happy to represent his home, Proviso Township.

"It is my distinct pleasure to be an integral part of the Proviso Township community and my honor to be chosen to represent it," said Hampton. "The overwhelming amount of support shown by my community of family and friends throughout the pursuit of my childhood dream truly humbles me."

The military fly-over consists of two fighter jets from each branch of the Armed Forcesthe U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, and the U.S. Marine Corps. The multi-service fly-over took place following the national anthem in honor of the newly elected Commander-in-Chief.

PTHS 209 Board President Chris Welch extended congratulations to the fellow Proviso Alum.

"The PTHS 209 community is extremely proud of Alex Hampton for what he's gone on to accomplish," said PTHS 209 Board President Chris Welch. "As an alumnus of Proviso West, I am always amazed by, and proud of, the grand accomplishments of others who have come through Proviso. It reminds our current and former students that, with courage and commitment, they can accomplish anything. Alex Hampton is a prime example of what Proviso has to offer.  He is Nihil Nisi Optimum...Nothing but the Best!"

Hampton says he hopes that his story of accomplishment will be a source of encouragement for youth, and a consummate example of how, with determination and dedication, not even the sky is the limit.

Congratulations Hampton! The Proviso community is proud of you. We salute you for your accomplishments and for your unwavering commitment to excellence.

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