Students from Glenforest, Harold M. Brathwaite, Mayfield and Turner Fenton secondary schools achieved the highest averages within the Peel District School Board during the 2018-19 school year, including four averages of 100 per cent. These students are among over 5,000 Peel board students who made Ontario's Top Scholar list by graduating grade 12 with an average of 80 per cent or higher in their top six grade 12 courses.
In Brampton, Paawan Virdi of Harold M. Brathwaite Secondary School, and Riyadh Baksh, Kunal Chawla and Richard Li of Turner Fenton Secondary School, achieved a perfect average of 100 per cent.
Virdi says, having "teachers who were passionate about their subjects made me want to achieve and work as hard as they do." He is working towards a future in the medical field and will be attending McMaster University in the fall to study integrated science.
"After completing my undergraduate degree in engineering [at McMaster University], I plan to pursue further studies such as a master's degree or even a doctorate. While my imagination can dream of so many career opportunities, I believe that I will focus on engineering new devices in the medical sector. With this career, I would be actively bettering the lives of millions," says Baksh.
Chawla intends to study mathematics in the fall at the University of Toronto. His advice for next year's grade 12 students is to be ambitious both academically and in extracurricular activities. "Having lofty goals is the best way to achieve a lot, even if you don't meet those initial goals. A target to work towards is the best thing you can have."
"For me, high class participation and meaningful one-on-one discussions have helped me forge strong relationships with many of my teachers, which has allowed me to learn more effectively both inside and outside the classroom," says Li. Li will pursue a Bachelor of Commerce at Queen's University on the Dr. Iris May Marsh Memorial Award while continuing to expand his start-up, EcoShare Inc., a vehicle management company that provides vehicles to Uber drivers.
In Mississauga, Jane Hwang of Glenforest Secondary School achieved a 99.8 per cent average. Her secret to success is to "get really comfortable with how you study best. Learning how to study efficiently can save you time, energy, stress and make learning a smoother journey overall." Hwang will attend the University of Toronto for engineering science.
Mayfield Secondary School student, Amelia Doerksen, scored the highest average amongst Caledon schools with 98.8 per cent. Her advice for next year's grade 12 students is simple: "Create balance between academics, extracurriculars and social activities. Ask questions to better understand concepts and don't be afraid to seek extra help."
Reference: Veronica Pang, communications assistant, [email protected]eelsb.com, 905-890-1010 ext. 2098