Week 14

Downsview Secondary School
Student of the Week
Week of March 1, 2021

Mariya A.


Downsview, for the week of March 1, 2021, your Student of the Week is Mariya A.
Mariya is in the twelfth grade.

Mariya’s nomination has been a long time coming. She was nominated several weeks ago by a very enthusiastic Ms Walker. Let’s hear from her first: “Mariya has been in my class for a year and a half; an absolute delight! She is observant, and thoughtful with an interest in the world beyond herself. She is a constant--steadfast in her studies, keenly focused on the lesson, and unafraid to ask a question or try something new.  Her questions get us thinking, and she is always willing to assist a peer. Mariya has grown considerably this year, becoming more independent and confident, emerging as a class leader and peer mentor. 

Mariya will graduate from my English class this year, and move on and up to the next level---a great achievement for her.  She is a role model for any newcomer to follow, and a big reason I get out of bed in the morning. I have never seen her without a smile, and I can still see the smile under her mask, shining through her eyes. She has a fantastic sense of humour and a delightful laugh; she brings positive energy, laughter and dedication to the classroom. Mariya is someone a friend or a peer or a teacher can count on, and I wish her well as the lifelong learner that she is.”

Ms Elliott backs up Mariya’s nomination with this: “Mariya is always in Geography class. She asks clarifying questions as she works on the assigned task.” And Mr Hum has these words about our winner: “I’ve had the privilege of teaching Mariya in both science and Phys Ed this year. I emphasize ‘privilege’ because Mariya is truly a pleasure to teach. Always eager to learn more, Mariya works hard on any task given to her. She always sets her bar high and has aspirations of becoming a lawyer in the future. If you ask anyone in class, Mariya is not only a great student but a great friend to have in class. Her peers will tell you she is always willing to help others who are in need of assistance. Whether it’s translating for a student or assisting a friend with their lab report, Mariya does this with a smile on her face. Congratulations Mariya on this well-deserved recognition! Keep aiming for the stars!”

Mariya, it’s clear that you strive for the best in yourself, and you strive to bring the best out of others. What a balance you have achieved. Your hard work, great humour and communal mindset will take you far. Congratulations once again on your win as Student of the Week.