Downsview Secondary School
Student of the Week
Week of April 9th, 2018
Downsview, for the week of April 9th, your Student of the Week is Briana E.
Briana is in the twelfth grade and she will graduate soon.
Let’s get right to the praise, first from Ms D’Andrea: “Briana has so many talents-where to begin? She is a fantastic dance artist, leader, mentor, peer helper, and as I often call her my ‘personal assistant’. She is so creative and we are lucky that she has shared so many of her talents with Downsview. I always look forward to coaching her as a member of the Downsview Dance Company each week- she has been a member for three years now and has shown great dedication to the team. Briana is kind, intelligent, helpful, and wonderful to be around. Congratulations on your win Briana!!”
Hear this, taken from Mr Wallace’s recommendation letter for Briana’s Merit Award application: “Briana is a poised, dignified young woman. She is often quiet, with a deep courtesy in her dealings with others. She is incredibly hard working, intelligent and kind. In her class work and on stage, Briana shows that there is another side to her, one that is fiercely proud and determined; one that seizes the occasion and gives her all.”
What Mr Wallace says is a fact – if you have seen Briana on our stage, you have witnessed her energy and her fire. This balance of calm, quiet reflection and big, bold expression is a wonder. Ms de Jersey says, “I have the privilege of teaching Briana in Peer Tutoring and in Positive Peer Culture. Both are ‘people courses’, and Briana excels in each venue. I have heard students speak with pride about their lack of filter in communicating – what’s in their heads spills freely from their mouths. Briana, on the other hand, has a filter and she uses her filter. This means that when she speaks, it is thoughtful, intelligent, measured, observant and mindful of others. In other words, Briana has a voice that is worth hearing. It is a pleasure being her teacher.”
Briana, you have been here before, receiving awards and accolades, and you will again. Thank you for giving Downsview your time and your gifts. We look forward to celebrating your future success as you “go confidently in the direction of your dreams”. Congratulations once again on your win as Student of the Week.