Week 21

Downsview Secondary School
Student of the Week
Week of March 5th, 2018

Alexander O.


Downsview, for the week of March 5th, your Student of the Week is Alexander O.
Alex is in the tenth grade.

Let's hear from Ms Volkening: “I nominate Alexander, a grade ten Africentric student, based on his contribution to the Rethinking History t-shirt and for announcing the Person and Quote of the day for the month of February. In addition, he read on stage for the Opening part of last week's assembly. He is a student who excels academically, as he works hard and strives for excellence. He has shown significant growth and leadership since his arrival to Downsview in February of 2017.”

And from Ms Polley: “Alex is all kinds of potential. Potential to be whatever he wants to be. He’s smart, engaged, curious, informed, and open to opportunities to learn in whatever setting he finds himself in. He is the quiet voice of reason, yet a fierce defender of his beliefs. I have had a number of opportunities now to see Alex outside of the school setting. People are immediately impressed by the way he represents the Africentric Program and Downsview. I’m proud to have had the opportunity to call him one of my students. Congratulations Alex on your win as Student of the Week.”

Alex brings to mind the adage: “still waters run deep”. There is a quiet dignity about this young man, and it's evident that below the surface there's much depth. He reminds us that thinking before speaking results in more cogent conversation. He's wise and thoughtful, and he commits himself to things that matter, like the excellent Rethinking History t-shirts sported by staff and students through African Heritage Month.

Alex, this is just the start. You are part of the Downsview community now, and we look forward to seeing you further forge your place here. Congratulations once again on your win as Student of the Week.