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Week 9 - Student of the Week

Downsview Secondary School
Student of the Week
Week of November 21, 2016

Shon W.


Downsview, for the week of November 21st, your Student of the Week is Shon W.
Shon is in the eleventh grade at Downsview and this is his third win. That's right -Shon has been here for three years and he has won this award three times. This is an achievement worthy of pride.

One word that comes to mind when thinking of Shon is helpful. Another is friendly. These words describe Shon, but they don't do a very good job. "Helpful" and "friendly" sound light and easily achieved. Shon's engagement at Downsview is anything but light, it is deep and varied. His friendly demeanour belies the vast commitment of time Shon makes to our school. In short, Shon works really hard and it's easy to miss this, as he makes it look easy. When his fellow Breakfast Club volunteers learned that he had won this honour, they were thrilled and actually cheered. He is that guy who has the support of his peers. How could you not love Shon? Faizo notes that Shon's height often comes in handy when she needs to reach hard-to-get boxes, but she knows that what makes Shon truly valuable is his attitude. He is consistent, steady and true in his work ethic.

So, how did Shon get here? How did he attract so much notice? Let's hear from some of his fans on our staff. First, from Ms Panavas: "Shon has shown incredible leadership and talent in Drama class. He is always focused on ways to make our performances better. Shon has a unique ability to see the 'big picture' in creative work. He genuinely cares about the pieces we produce in class. I can easily see Shon taking theatre courses in university, or pursuing a career as a theatre artist in the future." Ms Alii, Shon's leadership mentor, says that "Shon is kind, dedicated, passionate, bold, a great leader!"

And, Ms Haines has this to add: "I can always count on Shon. He works hard, is always positive and kind and most importantly laughs at all my jokes. Shon is a strong geographer and is always willing to help his peers. He is a friend of the library and can always be found working hard on his school work."

Shon has fans in our athletics department, where Mr Hum has sung his praises for his involvement in DM. Mr Johnson has spent time with Shon on last year's Harvard trip, and knows that this is a young man of quality, and Ms D'Andrea witnessed Shon's fine and brave leadership when he co-hosted last year's Relay for Life event. Shon rounds out his involvements with high-end academics; he recently crossed our stage as an achiever of High Honours and top marks in classes.

Shon, November brings darker days and recent events in politics have made us all wonder where to look for hope. When we see you with your energy, intelligence and generosity, the future looks a lot brighter. Thank you for your commitment and congratulations once again on your win as Student of the Week.

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