Downsview Secondary School
Student of the Week
Week of June 15, 2020
Downsview, for the week of June 15th, your Student of the Week is Dilara T. Dilara is in the twelfth grade, and she will graduate very soon.
Ms de Jersey notes that Dilara is “an exceptional student. She consistently earns high honours in the best of ways. What I mean by this is that the marks signify a joy in learning - they are not empty numbers. Dilara has an active, engaged mind that extends to social interactions, too. I have seen her defend and protect friends, always with an aim to understand others and respect difference. Mr Chapman said it best when I reflected on Dilara’s strength with him: she is wise beyond her years. I only wish I had the chance to be her teacher.”
From Mr Wallace: “Dilara is an accomplished student, a fount of creativity, a kind person and an enabler of the best in the people she is around. Her response to high demands is to shrug and laugh: ‘I got this, sir.’ Her approach is to exceed expectations, not because she is competitive, but because she is interested in understanding her limits. What she usually finds is that those limits were not really there and there is in her the capacity to go even further. Dilara is creative as if creativity were breathing. ‘What if?’ is never far from her thoughts. And there is evidence: her work on writing the school musical, or representing Downsview in the TDSB’s Short Story Contest, or producing high impact photographs, or finding a creative angle on school projects.
Dilara has a deep moral core that expresses itself in an effortless kindness. While she is taking care of business in her own pursuits, she is often reaching out to students who are on the edges of the school community and offering them a way to feel they can belong. This instinct is not driven by pity or condescension, rather it is built through a sense of that person’s value. She sees past what other people see as barriers. The same imagination that drives her creativity drives her capacity to see the world through another person’s eyes.
Dilara creates a positive environment and the people around her do better as a result. She allows people to feel comfortable laughing at themselves one minute and taking themselves seriously another minute. She makes peers who are strong academically stronger; she makes those who struggle believe they can do better. Her generosity of spirit makes her a pleasure to teach. Truth be told, I’m a bit of a fan!”
Dilara, students like you, who have quietly, capably “got this” often fly under the radar, and don’t earn recognition. We want you to know that we see you. We are grateful for you. You have mattered to us at DSS. Congratulations once again on your win as Student of the Week.