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Week 26 - Student of the Week

Downsview Secondary School
Student of the Week
Week of May 1, 2017

Abdul A.

Downsview, for the week of May 1st, your Student of the Week is Abdul A.
Abdul is in the twelfth grade and he just started at Downsview in February.

Ms de Jersey says: “When I met Abdul back in February, he asked if he could volunteer for the Breakfast Club. Lots of students come forward, and lots don't follow through. It's early, and actual work is involved at an early hour. Abdul has been a wonderful anomaly, surpassing expectations. He works hard, he works cheerfully, and he is consistent. He makes it all look effortless. It didn't take long to realize that Abdul is a pretty special guy. He hails from Nigeria, but seems truly at home in Canada. His comfort in his new land is not coincidental. Abdul has embraced his new home, his new school and the opportunities therein. In other words, he has made his new home feel like home. Abdul's father says that Abdul has always been a “good son” and this makes sense; Abdul is a solid, good person.”

Let's hear more, first from Ms Sulaj: “Even though I have known Abdul for a short time, starting second semester, it doesn’t take long to notice that he is a wonderful human being . He is respectful, responsible, collaborative, humble who brings his enthusiasm and optimism to school every single day. In a short time that I have taught Abdul he is doing very well academically. Abdul is organized, focused and very happy to learn and contribute in group or class discussion. He has shown a special attitude toward learning new concepts in biology class. I wish him further success in his journey as an individual and a student. Congratulations on Student of the Week Abdul!”

And, from Ms Walker: “From the first day of class, Abdul impressed me with his everlasting smile, and his ability to be articulate about difficult concepts--in life and in text. His passion for reading, and keen grasp of ideas and nuances of literature has propelled him to a leadership role within the class; his peers seek and respect his guidance. He is a curious, intelligent student with charisma, confidence, and strong values of respect for all. There will be no limit to Abdul’s achievements, and I’m sure he will make a huge difference in the world around him. He already has, in my small world.”

This is pretty high praise, Abdul. We are honoured to have an individual of your fine character at Downsview. It can be easy to forget that we are the navigators of our own lives. We can feel hindered by outside forces and difficult circumstances. You are proof that it is not only possible, but preferable to be the captain of your own ship. You steer well. Downsview is lucky to have you as a new member of its community, Abdul. Congratulations once again on your win as Student of the Week.

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