Week 32

Downsview Secondary School
Student of the Week
Week of May 28th, 2018

Deborah O.


Downsview, for the week of May 28th, your Student of the Week is Deborah O.
Deborah is in the twelfth grade, and she will graduate in June.

One of the qualities recognized by this award is growth. Ms de Jersey notes, “when I met Deborah a year and a half ago, I knew within her, there was a distinct spark. I got to know her when she was a student in Positive Peer Culture. Her leadership and her compassion were evident from the get-go. I saw her in action in a mediation that seemed deadlocked. Deborah took a risk, was the bigger person, and broke the ice, moving everyone toward greater understandings of their conflict. Recently, in Cross Lake, I saw the deep well of generosity in this young woman. She is growing into the person she is. I am inspired and I am a fan, and so look forward to following her adventures.”

Mr Wallace says: “Deborah knows where she wants to get to. I have watched her assess her strengths and weaknesses and then systematically work to improve the strengths and address the weaknesses over the past few years. For Deborah, her future is just there, just out of reach, and that gap can be frustrating. She is proud and hates failure, but as she has grown in her ability to be more understanding of herself, she has grown in her capacity for empathy. She is a powerful ally. Her capacity for leadership is just getting started!”

Ms Khona, who launched this nomination, says: “I’ve heard amazing things about Deb from Ms Johnson’s class and the huge help she’s been. She also has good grades and an even better attitude. Deborah is always positive and helpful.” Ms Johnson confirms this report: “Deborah is an ambitious and hard-working young lady. I've had the pleasure of watching her improve her English skills. Over the past two years, I've worked with Deborah in the Foundation for Student Achievement program and she has shown determination to excel. Her passion for education and strong work ethic always shines through. As a tutor in my grade nine Africentric English class, Deborah shows her leadership skills and is a strong role model for her peers. She encourages others to strive for their best and not to settle for anything less. She is a force to be reckoned with. Her resilience and dedication to her education and aspirations have shaped her into a wonderful young lady. She is destined for greatness!”

And finally, from Ms Alli: “Deborah is a pleasure to teach.  Her positive attitude, enthusiasm, sense of humour, determination, commitment to studies, and confidence are assets that will serve her well in all of her future endeavors.  Go Deborah!”

There it is, resounding support for you, Deborah. Your fine character precedes you. As the saying goes, “go boldly in the direction of your dreams” and remember us here at Downsview. Congratulations once again on your win as Student of the Week.