Week 15

Downsview Secondary School
Student of the Week
Week of January 14, 2019

Taofiqat Adetutu S.


Downsview, for the week of January 21st, your Student of the Week is Taofiqat Adetutu S.
Taofiqat is in the twelfth grade at Downsview.

Taofiqat, known to us as Tutu, performed at our holiday talent show, not once but twice, and this was the spur for her nomination. Hear this, from Ms de Jersey: “Tutu is a force. She takes on challenges head-on. There’s a magic combination of integrity, creativity and fearlessness in her. This doesn’t mean that Tutu doesn’t feel all those nagging sentiments of nerves, fatigue and self-doubt. I am sure that she does; she is human. Tutu forges ahead, though, in this case performing a beautiful dance piece with partner Manuela and singing a thrilling solo. Does Tutu face obstacles? Absolutely. She chooses not to linger over that which she cannot change – she spends her energy making change. Tutu, I admire you.”

Ms Sulaj says: “It has been a pleasure having Tutu in grade 11 and 12 Biology classes. Tutu is a highly motivated, hardworking, reliable student, and always with a great attitude toward her learning .Even when the obstacles are on her way she maintains a positive attitude and continues to be a great student and an amazing friend. She is not just a highly academic student, outside the class she is always participating in school events. She is a member of dance club, member of Black Brilliance and a leader of the Newcomers club. Tutu definitely deserves this recognition. Congratulations on your Student of the Week win Tutu. I wish you all the best in your future endeavours.”

And hear this, from Ms Peters: “Thoughtful, talented, and dedicated are words that come to mind when I think of Tutu. I have the pleasure of teaching her in my ballet class. She is always willing to try new things and challenge herself. No matter how tired she might be in the morning, she always gives 110%. She is also a member of the Dance Company at Downsview and is working towards a performance for TDSB creates. She is a team player and is great at keeping the team focused and prepared. Awesome job, Tutu!”

Ms Stuckless has this to say: “Tutu is an extraordinary person who has done so much for Downsview as well as her community. She has volunteered on various school clubs and helped welcome our new students from other countries, making them feel comfortable and supported. She always has a smile and has a positive influence on everyone who knows her. Tutu also puts forth great effort in her studies. She is doing exceptionally well in all classes and has taken advantage of opportunities to advance herself by going to summer school and joining mentorship programs within her community. Tutu`s strong desire and determination to help others in need has made it an true honour to work with her. I am so thrilled that Tutu is the Student of the Week. We are all very proud of you and your accomplishments.”

Finally, hear this from Mr Wallace: “’And Still I Rise,’ wrote Maya Angelou. Such is the theme for this extraordinary young woman. The decision to make the best of what you have been given; the decision to do the best today and not focus on tomorrow; the decision to live through one's strength while acknowledging one's vulnerability are signs of a deep spirit, one that is determined to communicate that life, even in moments of difficulty, is powerful and wonderful. Taofiqat has overcome so much, and yet at the end of the year Talent Show, she performed full of the spirit of optimism and resilience. If all you saw were the performances, you would not have understood the journey taken to arrive on that stage. But isn't that a truth we can say about all of us? In celebrating Taofiqat, we celebrate our basic capacity to face adversity and rise.”

You heard it here, Tutu. You’re a marvel and Downsview is lucky to have you. We celebrate you this week, Taofiqat Adetutu S., our Student of the Week.