Week 21 - Student of the Week

Downsview Secondary School
Student of the Week
March 25, 2024

Henry L.


Downsview, for the week of March 25th, your Student of the Week is Henry L.
Henry is in the eleventh grade at Downsview.

Let’s get right to the praise for Henry, as folks at DSS have a lot to say. It feels right to start with Dr Syal: “Henry is a member of the Robotics Team.  He has played many roles on the team.  He is a driver, operator, builder, programmer, designer, and tester.  I do not know how to describe him.  He is a leader, creator, designer, confident tutor, teacher and negotiator.  I am going to run out of words to describe Henry's attributes.  I am sure glad he is a student at Downsview.  He makes Downsview a better place.  I wish Henry the best of luck with future endeavours.”

Mr Hum says: “I've had the privilege of teaching Henry for only a semester. But in that short time I've come to realize that hidden behind that serious, confident young man, is someone with a great sense of humour. We shared many laughs in our bio class together. Henry knows when to take things seriously too. When it comes to academics, he pushes himself and those around him to do well. He already has his sights set on UofT sciences in the future. Congrats Henry! Keep working hard and laughing along the way!”

From Mr Lam: “I had the privilege to teach Henry for the Grade 10 English class. Henry is a conscientious student who has an excellent work ethic. Henry achieves academic excellence through dedication and responsibility. Henry also has charisma and he is an excellent speaker. Henry, congratulations on the amazing achievement of the Robotics team!”

Ms Pal says: “Whenever Henry speaks about the Robotics Team at staff meetings he represents the team with impressive confidence, and passion. I don't know him well, but he makes a strong impression, and I'm sure that in the future we will be hearing more amazing things about Henry Lin. Best wishes Henry, and keep doing what you're doing!”

Hear this, from Mr Wallace: “Henry sees everything. He is fastidious. His awareness connects him to ideas and concepts that percolate in his fertile mind, but more importantly, connects him to the needs of others. If he sees a solution, he will share it. He can't not help people. His generosity, his kindness,his openness to others, are the traits of someone who is engaged with the world, with life. At root is a deep optimism that good things come from working hard, from curiosity and from devotion.”

Ms de Jersey says: “At October’s fundraising Walk for the Bot, Henry was at the front of the pack. As our ‘pace car’, he was excellent company, kept spirits high and pumped up the good vibe of the day. Henry’s cool, even-tempered manner belies a deep well of passion and compassion. There’s a fire in Henry that runs hot and fuels him in his endeavours, igniting others along the way. Be it robotics or academics, Henry gives his creative, intelligent all. I am better for knowing and working with Henry.”

Let’s wrap this up with these words, from Mr Phillips: “Henry is the right mix of gentle soul and swearing sailor! He is a good listener and friend to his peers. He also has a huge knowledge base for anything and everything, but the most serious of his interests are his fountain pens! Henry can tell you anything you ever wanted to know about fountain pens. Being a pen maker myself, we've had some very interesting chats about the world of fountain pens. On the Robotics Team Henry is a sure-fire leader. He steps in and works to get things done and puts in maximum effort for the success of the team. Henry is a most deserving recipient of Student of the Week! Congrats Henry!”

Wow, Henry! Your success as a Robotic Team member has been noticed, and your success as a student, as a person at Downsview is also clear. Congratulations once again Henry; you have earned the title: Student of the Week.