Week 20 - Student of the Week

Downsview Secondary School
Student of the Week
March 18, 2024

Kyria C. & Yakira E.

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Downsview, for the week of March 18th, we are thrilled to honour two young women as our Students of the Week. Kyria C. and Yakira E. are our recipients; both are in the ninth grade.

Making things happen in a school takes a lot of behind-the-scenes work. Nothing happens magically. Our school is blessed to have several students who humbly and capably work to make things happen. Yakira and Kyria are two such students.

Hear this, from Ms de Jersey: “Every day, the doors of our servery area open as the bell rings signalling the lunch hour. Most days, there is a long lineup. Some days, that line up is, to say the least, lively. Kyria and Yakira are two of the key players in making lunch service possible and smooth for DSS students. They have developed ways to work efficiently and quickly, keeping our space tidy, well-stocked and welcoming. I trust them implicitly, and feel so lucky to work alongside them. Are they earning volunteer hours as they work? Absolutely; these will be accounted for on paper. What will not appear on paper, though, are the dignity, the calm and the skill they bring to their positions. Thank you, Yakira and thank you Kyria.”

Inside the classroom, good things are happening, too. Ms Pal notes: “Yakira has proven herself to be a dedicated student and she has also demonstrated that she is reliable especially with her commitment to the lunch program. She always monitors her time in class so that she can get to the cafeteria in good time to set up for the distribution of snacks.  Yakira is a quiet leader, who has the potential to grow in many areas of school life.  Yakira, you are a pleasure to have in my class, and I'm sure that you will continue to flourish.”

And, from Ms Persaud: “Yakira and Kyria were both in my Grade nine English class first semester and proved to be kind students. I witnessed a glimpse into their full potential. One thing that stands out to me is the maturity that was evident when confronted with tough conversations. Yakira and Kyria are able to recognize areas they have not committed themselves 100% and are willing to do better next time. This is often the toughest realization. Congratulations on earning Student of the Week and I know with continued effort, each of you are capable of ongoing success!”

Ms Silvana wraps up the praise with this: “Yay! I’m sooo happy to hear about this recognition.I’ve had the pleasure to meet these students while Wendy and I cook during hot lunch Thursday. These lovely students are punctual, responsible, dependable, mature, and hard-working.takes initiative and always have a smile to help serve food during the lunch service. Yakira and Kyria are wonderful students and it’s an absolute pleasure working with them in a chaotic environment when we have hungry teenagers to serve. Thanks for being amazing student leaders in the building!”

Yakira, Kyria, you have each earned this title and we know you will carry this energy, this belief in your leadership forward. Congratulations, Yakira and congratulations Kyria, on your wins as Students of the Week.