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Week 13 - Student of the Week

Downsview Secondary School
Student of the Week
Week of December 19, 2016

Keith C.

Downsview, for the week of December 19th, your Student of the Week is Keith C.
Keith is in the twelfth grade at Downsview.

Often, students are surprised when they learn that they have won the Student of the Week award, but no one more than Keith. He really didn’t see this coming, but was pretty delighted. Keith couldn’t quite figure out why he had won. He thought this was an academic award. It is not. This award recognizes students for the contributions they make to our school and community, for leadership, for showing character, and for having the strength to make improvements. While recipients are often strong academically, this is not a requirement of the award. As for Keith is typical of many; he is an honour roll student.

Now, let’s hear about Keith from our admiring staff members. First, from Joanna, our Settlement Worker: “Keith is a natural leader, and full of creativity! He attends my programs regularly and is always there with a positive attitude, willingness to contribute to discussion and take on new challenges. I am so proud that he applied for the SKETCH working arts comic book residency - fingers crossed and good luck, getting this far is a big step.” And, from Ms Veolis: “It has been an absolute pleasure to have Keith in my class this semester. He is a student who exudes positivity, kindness and respect, and both his teachers and fellow classmates can vouch for this. I don't believe there has been a time when he hasn't walked into my class with a smile, always ready to take my laptop bag from me or help me carry one of the numerous things I sometimes find myself carrying to my classroom. In the class, he is always happy to contribute to class discussions in a lively and engaged manner, even putting himself out there at times to answer tough questions or share personal experiences. He has helped to make our classroom a safe space for everyone. Keith, thank you for being a warm, kind and willing student. Keep smiling!”

Other teachers agree. Ms Prinn says: “Keith is outstanding. He's a quick learner, and always willing to lend a hand.” And Ms Maloney says: “Keith, always has a smile on his face, his hat on backwards and greets even the most tedious of tasks with enthusiasm. A polite young man whom I'm happy to have in my class.” And finally, Ms Jubinville adds these words: “Keith has been a member of Downsview’s band. He is a lovely young gentleman. I'm always impressed with his work. When we performed at the Toronto Center for the Performing arts last year he and another student made sure the amps, and electric instruments made it safely there and back. He is a pleasure to work with and will succeed in the future.”

Keith, DSS staff have left no room for confusion as to your merits. We live in a society that sometimes seems to value the wrong things like physical power, appearance and wealth. You stand out as a helpful, engaged, friendly, smart and giving young man. These are qualities that matter. Keith, people are noticing. Thank you for being who you are, and for being who you are at DSS. Congratulations once again on your win as Student of the Week.
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