Week 31

Downsview Secondary School
Student of the Week
Week of May 22nd, 2018

Omega L., Mika-Marla R. and Alexcia C.

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Downsview, for the week of May 22nd, we honour three students as Students of the Week: Alexcia C., Omega L. and Mika-Marla R.
All young women are in the twelfth grade, poised for graduation.

Just a couple of weeks ago, Downsview grads celebrated Prom at the Vue. If you’ve seen the photos, you know that the event was fabulous, glamorous, fun and festive. This is an evening that doesn’t happen magically; hours of time and effort that many do not see are woven into the tapestry of Prom. Let’s hear from Ms Pal, our Prom Leader: “These three students, Alexcia, Omega and Mika-Marla really brought their energy and enthusiasm as members of the Prom 2018 Committee.  Together they were a forceful team; they really know how to make things happen.  They worked as a team, because it takes a lot of time and effort to create a big event like Prom, but that only challenged these three as they worked throughout the year to help fundraise, to make Prom a very special event.  This included organizing chicken lunches, a Toonie Jam, visiting classes to encourage students to attend the Prom, using their artful talents to create a colourful eye-catching banner that promoted this year's Masquerade theme; to name just a few of the tasks that required their support.  Last Thursday night everyone looked amazing! Thank you Alexcia, Mika, and Omega for helping to make it happen!”

That the girls shine inside the classroom as well is not a surprise. All are honour roll recipients and have been throughout their years at DSS. Mr Rose says: “I am fortunate to teach two of these students. Congratulations to Omega and Mika-Marla for receiving the Student of the Week award. They are outstanding students in Tech. Design, conscientious and they love learning. I am very impressed with these young ladies. Best wishes as they move on to higher learning.” Hear this, from Ms Yasi: “It has absolutely  been my privilege to have had the opportunity to work with Mika- Marla, Omega, and Lexi. In my opinion, these three young ladies are the embodiment of 21st century female empowerment. They are WOKE - strong, inspiring, passionate, articulate, well informed, and  courageous. They exude grace, intelligence, fearlessness, and the nerves to stand true to their convictions. Without a doubt they are leaders in every capacity, they possess the ability to reshape conversations ensuring that women's voices are heard and not overlooked. Together they consistently demonstrate that there is no limit to what they can accomplish, undoubtedly they are the future architects of our society.”

And, from Silvana: “The dynamic trio. These super students were leaders from the get go.  They were members of QSA and their allyship was phenomenal.  They were the trio who helped re-brand the name Open Door so the space is open to all regardless of a students’ ability, race, sexual orientation or gender. They were dedicated in supporting any QSA initiative in addition to any mental health and wellness initiatives we were doing at the school.  Last year they were also part of Generation Change, a community-based program that Downsview, Westivew, and CW Jefferies were a part of.  They helped plan community events that promoted positive change in the community.  Alexcia, Mika-Marla and Omega: You have left your imprint here at Downsview and in the community.  I can't wait to hear all about the wonderful things you will do, once you graduate. It was an absolute pleasure working with the three of you, as you were independent, reliable, positive, and always willing to help or had a brilliant idea.  Congrats on the Student of the Week award; this was long overdue.”

Mika-Marla, Omega and Alexcia, thank you for being leaders at Downsview. You showed us that leadership need not be brash, self-congratulatory and boastful. Your brand of leadership is about getting things done, and getting them done well. Congratulations once again on your wins as Students of the Week.