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Week 7 - Student of the Week

Downsview Secondary School
Student of the Week
Week of November 7, 2016

Dante L.

Downsview, for the week of November 7th, your Student of the Week is Dante L.
Dante is in the twelfth grade at Downsview.

When students choose courses, many of them mull over options in the arts, and inevitably, they ask, “if I take that course, do I have to perform on stage?” For many of us, performance is a terrifying prospect. It is, in fact, recognized as one of the top fears we share, after fears of heights and spiders. Being so exposed and vulnerable makes us crazy nervous. What if we trip and fall in front of everyone? What if we forget our lines? What if people just don’t like our performance? The concerns are endless. And yet, as those of you know who have enjoyed glowing moments on stage, the rewards for taking this kind of risk are meaningful.

Dante has clearly won in the battle against stage fright; he has taken to our stage several times with his big, wonderful voice. Last week, Dante repeated his successful performance from Java Night and sang for our Honours Awards winners. The applause for this lovely gift was resounding and well-earned.

Let’s hear more, first from Ms D’Andrea: “Dante made me so proud at Java Night. First of all, I was extremely pleased with his dedication to rehearsing with Ms. Liliani leading up to the show. I know that he worked very hard with her. His performance proved that hard work pays off because he was such a star! His performance was genuine and natural. He captured his audience and had everyone cheering for his outstanding performance. Way to go Dante and congratulations on your win!” Ms Jubinville adds: “Dante is a hidden talent here at Downsview. He walks on stage with no fear and wows the audience every time he performs.”

Mr Pasian attests to Dante’s fine character outside the classroom: “Dante is a well-rounded student who pursues many different interests. He is always polite and courteous to students and teachers. Dante is determined and driven to do well in all of his courses and extracurricular activities.” Let’s underline what Mr Pasian says: Dante is a singer, but he is not a diva; he is kind and hard-working in all facets of his life.

Performance represents a tiny fraction of a process that involves learning, memorizing, self-analysis and practicing, practicing, practicing. And yet, this tiny fraction is the only part that is visible to an audience. Dante knows, as all artists know, that both the process of learning one’s craft matters as much as the final product, and as in this case, the final product will be richer for the time spent in rehearsal. Downsview thanks you, Dante, for continuing to work so hard with your gift and for sharing your songs with us. We heartily congratulate you on your win as Student of the Week.

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