Week 18

Downsview Secondary School
Student of the Week
Week of February 19, 2019

Sarah M.


Downsview, your Student of the Week for February 19th is Sarah M.
Sarah is in the tenth grade at Downsview.

Last Spring, when our Student Council started to buzz about the identity of its President for our 2018-2019 school year, Sarah’s name came up. This is not surprising. Sarah is friendly, smart, collegial, and active in the school. She is also a leader, both in spirit, and through her membership in the Leadership Program. What was surprising about the talk of her as president was this: Sarah was in ninth grade at the time. There has never been serious discussion of a school leader in a junior grade. Leadership takes maturity, social ease and a wisdom that usually grows over time. Ms Polley, Sarah’s mentor in Student Council, has seen all these qualities in her. While Sarah has not yet taken on this role, the future is clearly wide open.

Let’s hear more about Sarah, from Ms de Jersey: “Sarah recently took part in a fundraiser for Youth Without Shelter. She and her Dare 2 Inspire friends spent one of the coldest days of the year at Queen TTC Station, raising funds. When I say it was cold, I mean it was cold. Hours in a cold station, on a cold tile floor – it gets in your bones. Sarah’s good humour and determination was contagious. She did not take breaks, and she worked til the bitter end, daring one more train to arrive and result in one more donation. I admire Sarah’s moxie. Moxie mixed with kindness? Amazing.”

Mr Roberts has this to say: "Sarah has shown tremendous leadership since she started here at Downsview. From being involved in the morning announcements, her participation in extra-curriculars, Dare to Inspire and her enrollment in the STEM program; Sarah is a leader who leads by example. She is the ‘illest’!”

Mr Syal adds this: “Sarah is enthusiastic student with bright future. She never accepts the bare minimum and she always puts maximum effort to achieve excellence. Keep up the good work.” Mr Syal points to an important fact: commitment is transferrable. The degree of effort that Sarah puts in to her personal commitments is equal to that which she puts in to her academics. This is called integrity. Sarah will cross the stage as a winner of High Academic Honours in early April.

Sarah, you are an inspiring young leader and it is a pleasure to crown you as this week’s Student of the Week.