Week 16 - Student of the Week

Downsview Secondary School
Student of the Week
February 12, 2024

Nahjae W.


Downsview, for the week of February 12th, we are thrilled to honour Nahjae W. as our Student of the Week. Nahjae is in the twelfth grade at Downsview.

The question of how best to measure success is hotly debated. Is success about acquiring money and things? Do academic marks tell the story of success? Is success tied to growth and having the courage to create change in one’s life? If the latter is true, then our Student of the Week is seeing and feeling success.

Let’s hear about Nahjae, our Student of the Week, first from Ms Silvana: “Nahjae, thanks for being a kind, gentle person. Thanks for stepping up and helping me with the crowd control for the Thursday hot lunch program. You lead it so graciously and are always wanting to help. You are calm and effective in getting the students to get in line in a kind but firm manner. Keep looking for opportunities for positive leadership in your personal and school life.”

From Ms D’Andrea: “It’s been a while since I’ve taught Nahjae but I wanted to say that it always brightens my day when he comes by the arts wing to say hello. He has grown into a kind, mature, young man. Congrats Nahjae!”

And, from Ms Danner: “I taught Nahjae when he was in grade nine. He was the most polite and well-mannered student I had ever encountered. I am back in the DD classroom now, and to this day, he always stops to greet me in the halls. Congratulations Nahjae on your Student of the Week win!”

From Ms de Jersey: “Nahjae, I first had the pleasure of teaching you when you were in ninth grade when we were all masked, sitting six feet apart in classes of eight or so. What I remember most about you was your engagement and your social connection. You looked at people when they spoke. You related to people whose skin colour, interests and worlds were different from your own. You are a connector. This has not changed. What’s changed is your interest in your own success. People are noticing, Nahjae. Stay on track, we’ve got your back at Downsview, but more significantly, you’ve got your back. And, thanks for being someone we can count on to lend a hand - always.”

Finally, hear this from Mr Pasian: “Nahjae is polite, and courteous. He has set goals for himself as a senior level student and he is becoming more conscientious about achieving his credits and goals during high school with his sights on what comes next.”

Nahjae, you heard it here. We are thrilled at the prospect of your continued success academically, and your growth as a leader. Congratulations once again on your win as Student of the Week.