Week 28

Downsview Secondary School
Student of the Week
Week of April 30th, 2018

Esra Y.,Ozra M. and Princess A.


Downsview, for the week of April 30th, we are thrilled to honour three students as Students of the Week. They are: Princess A., Ozra M. and Esra Y., all of the tenth grade.

This nomination started with Mr Syal. Let’s hear from him first: “These young ladies were part of the robotics team. They worked very hard to make the team better. For the first time in Downsview’s history, we had a survey team and a negotiating team. They spoke to judges to explain how our team is organized. They had to speak with other teams to negotiate the game plan. These young ladies understood the game and were able to work with others to create the best roles for our robot. Ozra was chosen to represent our school.  She had to make short speech and accept the offer from the alliance  to be their partner. Esra helped the team by playing the role of inspector. She had to ensure proper placement of our robot at the beginning of each match. She impressed me by showing up to school by 7am regularly. The message for the team was clear: never give up. I am looking forward to next year when we have an even better team. These young ladies are going to make us proud.”

Ms Lee adds: “I have not taught Princess however she is a member of the DSS Coders crew.  She is a humble leader who is a responsible, caring and committed to the crew. I remember that Princess came to my class to get prepped for the Musical last year and her presence was gracious, patient and kind - these qualities stood out to me.”

Silvana has this to say: “Esra has blossomed this year into a bright mature student.  She has come out of her shell and is taking risks and being courageous about trying new things.  She also has unleashed her advocacy skills, helping other students achieve their potential.  Esra, I'm so proud of you this year and thank you for being an amazing leader, ready to tackle any job that needs support.  Keep it up you are on an amazing journey!” Ms Randhawa agrees: “Esra comes to class with a contagious smile! She is great at motivating and always helping her peers.

Ms de Jersey says: “Ozra, from my perspective, is a go-getter. We’ve had several conversations about mapping out her future, both at Downsview and beyond. She’s interested and passionate about forging ahead. I admire her drive. The best part is, she will bring others with her path onward and upward.”

There has been a lot of talk over the last year about women and their strength, and the need to hear their voices. When we look at our winners this week, three young women with strength, excellent work ethics, and vision, the future is looking bright. We will hear their voices in the sciences and in positions of leadership. Congratulations once again Princess, Ozra and Esra, on your wins as Students of the Week.