Week 3

Downsview Secondary School
Student of the Week
Week of October 9, 2018

 Laura R.


Downsview, for the week of October 9th, your Student of the Week is Laura R.
Laura is in the twelfth grade, and she will graduate in June, 2019.

Laura is both easy not to notice, and an absolute standout. This sounds contradictory, and bears some explanation. Laura works hard, gets along with others, supports her peers and has a friendly disposition. She does not actively seek attention or recognition. This sounds like the description of a “good kid”, as described by many adults. She is, however, more than a “good kid”; she is exceptional.

Here's why, first, from Ms de Jersey: “Laura co-MC'd our recent Orange Shirt Day Assembly. She prepared well, rode out technical difficulties with grace, buoyed her co-presenters and gave the event the dignity it merits. I knew that Laura was academically strong, but now I know that Laura uses her strength in all she does. She is not covetous of her gifts; she spreads the love.”

Hear this, from Ms Sulaj: “It has been a great pleasure teaching Laura two years in a row, in grade 11 and grade 12 Biology courses. She is an excellent student to have in class. She is genuinely interested in learning new concepts all the time and consistently has a positive attitude toward learning. Laura is responsible, reliable and volunteers always with a wide smile to help out her peers as the need arises. She is task-oriented, punctual, respectful, humble and enthusiastically involved in all the activities in Biology classes and always a leader during group work. It has been a great pleasure seeing her overcoming every barrier in her path and growing and exceling as a student and individual. Keep up your excellent work Laura and best wishes in your future.”

Silvana, who witnessed Laura in action as a leader in our summer program, adds this: “Laura is a sweet strong force, always ready and willing to lend a hand and volunteer to do any task. She takes on task and completes it with an attention to detail that is highly focussed. Laura, thanks for being an exemplar of leadership. DSS is lucky to have you.” 

That about sums it up, Laura. Thank you for all you do for Downsview SS. Your time and care are appreciated. Congratulations once again on your win as Student of the Week.