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Week 17 - Student of the Week

Downsview Secondary School
Student of the Week
Week of February 21, 2017

Marco A-B.

Downsview, for the week of February 21, your Student of the Week is Marco A-B.
Marco is in the twelfth grade at Downsview.

Marco hails from Portugal and he has been in Canada for only three years. He has come a long way, learned English, and has aspirations to study in the field of technology at college. Hearing from his technology teachers first, then, makes sense. Here’s Ms Prinn: “Marco is a very friendly, kind and creative student. He is quick to figure out new technologies and is capable of adapting quickly in the ever changing world of computers. His set for The Wizard of Oz was outstanding. Marco took the lead on designing several of the stage pieces as well as offering help to others when needed. Marco also helped to set up video-conferencing for the Downsview-Mikisew partnership. His skills make a difference! He is a natural leader, who is quiet until you get to know him.”

And, hear this, from Mr Do Carmo: “I taught Marco when he was new to us. Although he had a language barrier he strived to do his best and this made him successful in all he set out to do. He has come a long way in that time, both in language and in character. He is a modest person with a friendly personality who is striving to be successful. He sometimes is his worst critic, always looking to do things better. His commitment to getting things done to the best of his ability has made him successful and a pleasure to teach. Way to go Marco, keep up the hard work.”
Marco’s strong work ethic has already been noted by Mr Pasian, who says: “Marco has shown a strong desire to do well in mathematics so far this semester. He is very polite and courteous with fellow students.”

The strength of his character has also been noted by by Joanna, our Settlement Worker: “Marco is full of positive vibes. I met him when he was new to DSS and I have seen him grow into an outstanding student and team player. I had the pleasure to get to know him better when he joined my Cooking & Conversation Circle program. He never missed a lesson and was always willing to participate and contributed to creating a fun and relaxed atmosphere for his peers. Thanks Marco, and congratulations on Student of the Week!”

There is an old saying: “the meek shall inherit the earth.” Meek, in this sense, is not meant to denote passivity; rather, it points to a quieter demeanor. There is often great strength in quiet; practicing mindful observation and reflection can deepen character. Marco’s got the strong work ethic alongside a modest demeanor, and he has shown that he knows how to transfer his strengths not through in different subject areas, but in his social interactions with others. Marco, we offer you congratulations on your win as Student of the Week, and from Ms Valdes: “Congratulaciones para Marco!”
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