Week 13 - Student of the Week

Downsview Secondary School
Student of the Week
December 18, 2023

Daryl H.


Downsview, for the week of December 18th, we celebrate Daryl H. as our Student of the Week. Daryl is in the twelfth grade at Downsview.

Daryl has risen to the ranks of leadership in our school. Those who have navigated this road understand that it is not smooth. Being a leader involves maintaining communication, addressing conflict, and constant learning. Daryl is solidly progressing in his role as leader.

Let’s hear from Daryl’s nominators, first, from Mr Hum: “I’ve had the privilege of teaching Daryl in the past. He is a hard-working student with a great sense of humour and a pleasant personality. Daryl always seems to bring a smile to my face. During virtual learning, I could still sense his eye rolls to my dad jokes, even with his camera off. Congrats Daryl, keep up the good work and always keep smiling!”

And from Ms Maloney: "When Daryl showed me his Student of the Week Certificate and water bottle, I got excited and told him I would be writing a little something. His response? 'Eww' That's right, Daryl, my little ray of sunshine, truth-teller with a large helping of sassy on the side. Congratulations." 

Mr Phillips adds: “I had the pleasure of teacher Daryl in my grade 11 chemistry course and in my virtual science course during covid. His honesty and knack for staying true to himself was a refreshing addition to my classroom. He was determined to pass my course and though he struggled and vowed never to take one of my courses ever again, he prevailed and got the credit! I hope he knows how great an achievement that is! I'm glad he is being recognized as student of the week! Congrats Daryl!”

Hear this, from Ms Lee: “Daryl has developed many of his not-so-hidden talents this year. I see him as a leader, working on initiatives that matter to him, our school and society. I hear him advocating, helping friends, directing and supporting events and extracurricular activities. When Daryl sets his mind on an idea, he does what is necessary to bring it to action. He has always had this in him, and this year he has really  flourished with dedication, resilience and drive. Daryl, keep up the hard work and continue to shine. Congratulations on this well-deserved win!”

And finally, from Mr Wallace: “Daryl can be playful; he can wear his emotions on his sleeve. He's the sort of person you might underestimate.... for half a second. Because as soon as you spend time with him, you quickly see another side. He is serious about his academics and writes with clarity and purpose. He is an amazingly supportive peer inside and outside of class. And recently, he has discovered that his intelligence, determination and desire to make a difference have led to leadership. As President of the Black Students' Association, he has strengthened an idea about a safe and inspiring space for Black students by ensuring it's real; on Student Council, things happen when Daryl is around; his voice on December 6th brought violence against women  to our ears in a way that could not be ignored; he also finds time to manage teams. For Daryl, honest emotion is the energy, and intelligence provides the direction. Learning the discipline of joining head and heart is usually where good things in this world come from; Daryl is well on his way to developing that union.”

Daryl, you heard it here. Your involvement and leadership are seen and valued. Congratulations once again. You have earned the title: Student of the Week.