Ombudsman Alumni Story: Vince Hill (Proviso, Illinois)

Date: October 21, 2011

Reading Past the Words

Vince Hill (Proviso West, Class of 2009) was one of the first students enrolled at the newly opened Ombudsman center in Hillside in 2007.

Vince returned to Proviso West for his senior year. “My goal was to finish, and not to get in trouble.”

When asked about his transition back to West, Vince remarked, “You aren’t as close to the teachers as you are at Ombudsman. They just have so many students.”

Reflecting on his time at Ombudsman, Vince recalls learning about literature and reading in a new way. “I always used to read books. But here it wasn’t just in the words, you taught us to look past the words.”

Vince carries his Ombudsman experience with him every day.

As part of an art appreciation course, one of the images students studied that year was Vincent Van Gogh’s “Starry Night.” They researched the painter and his major works and even created their own version.

When back at West and enrolled in a Humanities course, “Starry Night” was included in the textbook.

Vince said he felt as if he was ahead of the rest of the class, because he had already learned about the famous painting. Today Vice has “Starry Night” as the image on his credit card.

After graduation Vince enrolled at Wilbur Wright College in Chicago. In May of 2012, Vince will receive his Associates Degree in Criminal Justice with hopes of someday joining the Chicago Police Department.

On his studies in criminal justice, Vince noted that today, as a member of a police force, officers are as much social workers as they are law enforcers.

In addition to school, Vince is kept busy with a job with Walgreens where he has already had several promotions, and a one year old son, Vince III (Tre).

“Work 5, School 4, Father 7” is Vince’s motto.


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