Week 15

Week 15

Downsview Secondary School
Student of the Week
Week of February 21st, 2022

Chris A.

Student of the Week

Downsview, for the week of February 22, your Student of the Week is Chris Anthony Aquino. Chris is in the eleventh grade at Downsview.

Chris, staff at DSS have a lot to say about you, so let’s get right to it. First, from Ms Susnik: “Attentive, creative, motivated, driven, articulate and engaged are all words that come to mind when I think of Chris Anthony Aquino. Congratulations Chris on being the Student of the Week.”

And, hear this from Ms Lee: “I've only recently gotten to know Chris and what I see so far is impressive. He is responsible, respectful and actively involved at Downsview. He's also artistic! Chris has participated in a few workshops and I have witnessed first hand how well he listens, collaborates and shares his ideas. It's nice to hear his voice over the PA, he helps to start the day off on the right track. Keep up the great work Chris!”

From Mr Wallace: “There is a joy in Chris that lifts all around him. He is quick and nimble in mind and body. His enthusiasm feeds his curiosity and hunger for learning, but it also feeds his desire to contribute to his community. It's as if he has learned a lesson that he wants to share, that the project of life is something of a miracle, one to embrace and celebrate. His approach to an obstacle is to nod, say hello, and then step around it with a smile and a spring in his step. I think we could all use some of what Chris has; and the thing is, he'll share!”

From Mr. Ramnaraine: “Chris is such a kind and polite person. He is involved in a variety of groups and clubs around the school. He is a valued member of the DSS Library Council and has worked hard to make our school library the amazing space it is. He also participates in Chess Club and the Boys2Men program. A number of the amazing posters around the school have also been designed by Chris. He has many talents! Continue being the positive and supportive person that you are. Congratulations Chris!”

From Ms de Jersey: “Chris is organized. Man, is Chris organized. That mind of his is a trap, locking in important dates and information. He reminds me, in his gentle but ardent manner, that I need to be on top of things. And the thing is, Chris is mindful of things that matter, of things that make us better as a school, of things that unite us. As a peer tutor, he is on it - removing obstacles and forging a relationship with his tutee. As a Student Leader, he is fun, thoughtful, engaged, and willing to do the work - as evidenced by his lead role in the December Community Roadshow. When we needed to create a Remembrance Day Recognition Team - Chris was right there. That’s Chris. Chris, you are powerful. I value you as a DSS leader.”

And, from Mr Lewin: “Chris Aquino is an incredible leader who is making invaluable contributions to the Downview school community. Chris is currently a peer tutor who assists youth who need  help in different subjects. In addition, he is part of the school library council and he helps to make announcements in the morning. Chris is also a straight-A student.  Chris , we are so proud of all that you have accomplished. Keep up the exceptional work.”

And last, but not least, let’s hear from Ms Cimicata: “I was honored to have Chris Aquino join my Tech Design class in Semester 1.  Every period Chris always came with a cheerful and positive attitude that would resonate around his peers. Since day one, he demonstrated a hard work ethic and especially his dedication to his academics which was evident in his project submissions.  After some time I saw his hidden talents and passion for visual arts and design.  His sketch work was impeccable and delightful to witness throughout the course. He joined the Yearbook committee which immediately merged his high level of creativity and strong commitment to the team. It is no wonder that he is recognized as student of the week.  He continuously shows leadership and strong teamwork skills that inspires anyone who knows him.”

Downsview, when you pass through the front foyer, you’ll see a photo of Chris, taken in the main office space where he often delivers the morning announcements. Note the way he wears his coat in the photo - kind of like a cape. Superheroes wear capes - just saying. Chris, congratulations on your well-earned win of the title: Student of the Week.