Week 21

Downsview Secondary School
Student of the Week
Week of May 11, 2020

Prince A.


Downsview, for the week of May 11th, your Student of the Week is Prince A.
Prince is in the twelfth grade; this is his graduating year.

Perhaps you think you haven’t met Prince. And, perhaps you have not yet had the pleasure. You do, however, know Prince. You have seen him light up our stage on many occasions. Prince is a talented, energetic participant in our arts program, and dance is his passion.

Let’s hear from his teacher and mentor, Ms D’Andrea: “Prince has been an amazing member of our dance program this year at Downsview. He is a valuable member of Dance Company and is one of the lead choreographers for tdsbcreates this year. He shows dedication, passion and creativity in all of his dance courses. This semester as a peer helper, he is also demonstrating strong leadership skills and an excellent work ethic. I have watched Prince evolve into a creative, strong, and thoughtful dance artist and I am thrilled to cheer him on as he gets closer to achieving his goals of pursuing more training and work in the dance industry. Thank you for your hard work and congratulations Prince!”

From Ms Lee: “When Prince is on the dance floor, you can't help but notice how passionate he is. He is a strong dancer and easily shares the spotlight with others. I was fortunate to witness Prince demonstrate his leadership at the tdsbCREATES juried performance last week. Prince choreographed a powerful part of the dance piece that allowed students to convey their story. He gives excellent feedback and is gracious when accepting compliments from teammates and other performers. Keep up the great work, Prince - I can't wait to see what you will create next!”

And from Ms de Jersey: “I saw a bumper sticker a few days ago that read, ‘life without art is stupid’ This made me think of how fortunate we are to be at Downsview, a place filled with the life that art brings. We have murals and installation pieces, we have music, we have dramatic presentations at Artsfest and our musical, and, of course, we have dance. What a gift it is to have people like Prince, an artist so gracious with his gifts, and so hard-working at his craft, at Downsview.”

Prince, famous dancer Martha Graham once said that “dance is the hidden language of the soul.” It follows that your soul, Prince, is a thing of love, wonder and curiosity. Prince, we thank you, and are thrilled to crown you Student of the Week.