Downsview Secondary School
Student of the Week
Week of September 30, 2019
Manishika K. & Devonique M.
Downsview, for the week of September 30th, we are thrilled to honour another pair of students: Manishika K. and Devonique M.
Both young women are in the twelfth grade; this is their graduating year.
It is appropriate that Manishika and Devonique are being honoured today, on Orange Shirt Day, a day that they have worked hard to make happen at DSS. Passion and compassion translate into hard work from these two, and Downsview is the better for their efforts.
Let’s hear first from Ms Lee first: “Manishika is an enthusiastic learner and exhibits a positive attitude towards school. Having taught Manishika for the past few years, I have observed her kindness and initiative in exploring new ideas and concepts. I admire her ‘do it again’ attitude so she can practice and improve her skills. Her determination has led to great results in all she does. Manishika demonstrates leadership in and outside of the classroom. She is observant to those around her and will lend a helping hand without hesitation. She played a crucial part as a facilitator for The Sisterhood's "Positive Self Talk" workshop where she led wonderful discussions with grade nine girls. She also lead and participated in last year's Personal Care campaign by helping to collect and organize hygiene products for women in shelters. Orange Shirt Day would not look the same without Manishika's help in making posters, setting up and organizing activities in the front foyer. This award is well deserved. Congratulations and well done!
Devonique was a pleasure to teach last semester. She took care and pride in her work and displayed a positive mindset by striving to do her best. It was evident that she values the potential to grow by embracing new challenges to strengthen her skills. I enjoyed seeing you expand your knowledge and competence in class. Devonique may appear quiet, but she has much to say and contribute to The Sisterhood and Orange Shirt Day events. I am grateful that I have been given the opportunity get to know Devonique as she has a great sense of humor and is kind-hearted and gracious to others. Congratulations, your contributions make Downsview a better place.”
Ms Volkening adds: “Devonique and Manishika have demonstrated their leadership potential and strong work ethic both within and outside of the classroom. Most recently they have been involved with Orange Shirt Day festivities. They are positive role models who exemplify empathy, understanding, and compassion. We look forward to seeing more of their work this year with the Sisterhood initiatives.”
And finally, Ms Danner reflects on their strength in her class: “Though I've only known them a short time, both Devonique and Manishika are wonderful young ladies with smiling faces and positive attitudes. They are also pretty good cooks as well! They are an absolute dream to teach and I wish them every success in their futures.”
Manishik and Devonique, you heard it here. You are stars in our books. Congratulations once again to you both for your wins as Students of the Week.