Week 7

Downsview Secondary School
Student of the Week
Week of January 11, 2021

Ayoola O.


Downsview, it is a pleasure to announce your Student of the Week for the week of January 11th, 2020. Ayoola O. is the recipient. Ayoola is in the twelfth grade, and she will graduate in June.

Ayoola is known and respected by lots of folks at Downsview. Let’s hear about her, starting with this, from Ms Persaud: “I had the pleasure of teaching Ayoola in Grade 11 Introduction to Anthropology, Psychology and Sociology. Ayoola is an exemplary student, who is always punctual, organized, and determined. In addition to her strong academic abilities, she is kind and cooperative with her peers. Ayoola, even though your grade 12 year may look a lot different than what you imagined, your resilience will ensure your continued success. Congratulations on being Student of the Week!”

And hear this, from Mr Lewin: “Ayooola  is an  honour roll student who is committed to achieving excellence  at  school and in the larger society. She is a thoughtful, compassionate and equity-minded leader who is determined to make a positive difference in the world. In Quad 1 , Ayoola took  the grade 12 Africentric Challenge and Change course. As a part of the class, she did a virtual placement with LAW in Action, where she did exceptionally well, obtaining an A plus in the class. In short,  Ayoola has made an invaluable  contribution to the  Downsview  family over the past  four years through her outstanding leadership. The sky is truly the limit for this exceptional student and human being.”

Silvana adds: “Ayoola is a dedicated goal-oriented, solution-focussed learner.  She is reflective on both her personal and academic life and creates short term goals and strategies that align and help her see success in her long term goals.  Ayoola is mature beyond her years and is always a pleasure to talk to. Ayoola this is a huge achievement and I’m so proud of you. You deserve this!”

Mr Wallace has this to say: “Ayoola is demonstrating in my class how to be building for her future even as things around her are stressful and unsure. She has set her sights on her goals and she is not going to be distracted. She knows what opportunity is and she is not going to let it slip through her fingers. At the same time, as she pursues excellence, she moves through the world with humility and generosity. She knows that she doesn't have all the answers, but puts her ego aside and simply asks and then asks again. Her questions are for herself, yes, but for others too. It is the sign of a true academic: curious, probing, relentless. Ayoola's journey over the past few years has brought her out of her comfort zone and she has had to adapt again and again. She is accepting of the struggle, even when she knows it is often unfair. She is learning in these moments what she is capable of. The answer is a lot!”

Ayoola, looking back on these tributes to you, it’s easy to see the reasons for your win. Thoughtful, determined,intellectually curious and goal-minded, you are also flexible. And flexibility has been shown to be a key ingredient to success in these changeable times. Congratulations again, Ayoola, on achieving the title: Student of the Week.