July 15, 2013

Five Peel board students graduate with perfect average

More than 4,000 Peel board students make Ontario’s Top Scholar list 
Prasoon Jha, Fizza Manzoor, Isha Mistry, Vikas Patel and Varun Muddaluru from Turner Fenton Secondary School achieved the highest average within the Peel District School Board for the 2012-13 academic year. These students are among the Peel board's 4,350 Ontario scholars, students graduating grade 12 with an average of 80 per cent or higher in their top six grade 12 courses.

Jha will be exploring his interests in engineering at the University of Toronto in the fall. Jha believes he was able to be successful by, “taking initiative and responsibility of work, and following up with questions for teachers.”

Manzoor will be attending McMaster University for the health sciences program. The support of family, friends and teachers has helped her to be successful throughout high school. Her advice for future students is, “to make the best of your final year in high school, while working hard.”

Mistry will be majoring in environment and resource studies at the University of Waterloo in September. Mistry was able to achieve her perfect average due to “hard work, determination and her teacher’s support.”

Patel will be taking the medical sciences program at Western University. Patel provides a secret to success, “have a schedule in place and stick to it—it helps avoid distractions.”

Varun Muddaluru will attend McMaster University, majoring in the life sciences program. Muddaluru advises students to have "implement good work habits from the beginning of the year and to develop time management skills to ensure success throughout the school year."

Simran Dhunna from Glenforest Secondary School and Lucy Gao from Lorne Park Secondary School both had the highest average in Mississauga with 99.7 per cent. University of Pennsylvania will be home for Gao in September. She will be majoring in biological basis of behaviour, with the hopes of one day becoming a neurosurgeon. “Work hard, but savour the moment—it is your last year of high school,” is Gao’s advice for next year’s grade 12 students.

Dhunna attributes her success to a healthy combination of  support from parents and teachers, and peers encouraging success. Her advice for future students is to, “use all available resources, apply your natural desire to learn and anything is possible.”

Ian Waudby-Smith from Humberview Secondary School had the highest average in Caledon with 96.8 per cent. Next year, he will be attending the University of Waterloo, enrolled in the systems design engineering program. Wauby-Smith would like to take entrepreneurial risks after university while being young. He says, “you need to enjoy what you’re doing before pushing yourself to be successful.”

The total number of students on the Ontario Top Scholar list at the Peel board has increased from last year’s 3,955. Last year, four Turner Fenton students earned perfect averages.


Reference:  Ryan Strang, Communications Assistant, Peel District School Board,
905-890-1010, ext. 2725 or email [email protected]

Note to Media:  Below is a full listing of Peel's Ontario Top Scholars by region.

                                                Top Ontario Scholars


 Name  Grade  Secondary School  Total Scholars 
 Name not available  96.7   Bramalea  116
 Ayush Bhagat  96.5  Brampton Centennial   132
 Saudia Mohamed  93      Central Peel   67
 Devarshi Patel  95.7  Chinguacousy  120
 Gagandeep Singh  96.8  Fletcher’s Meadow  149
 Mustaqeem Khowaja  98  Harold M. Brathwaite  89
 William Gordon  98.2  Heart Lake  155
 Marina Ottaviano  92  Judith Nyman   30
 Alex Bahadur   96.2  Louise Arbour  96
 Charlie Pham  96.3  North Park  130
 Harminder Kang  95.5  Sandalwood Heights  106
 Prasoon Jha  100  Turner Fenton  237
 Fizza Manzoor  100  Turner Fenton  -
 Isha Mistry  100  Turner Fenton  -
 Vikas Patel  100  Turner Fenton  -
 Varun Muddaluru  100  Turner Fenton  -


 Name   Grade   Secondary School   Total Scholars 
 Ian Waudby-Smith   96.8  Humberview  116
 Elise Huet   96.3  Mayfield  224


 Name   Grade   Secondary School   Total Scholars 
 Isabel Shamsudeen   95.2  Applewood Heights  91
 Ryo Ly  95.3  Cawthra Park  228
 Liam Bekirsky  98.2  Clarkson  99
 Amanda Tajik  97.3  Erindale  127
 Simran Dhunna  99.7  Glenforest  220
 Dheevesh Arulmani  98  Gordon Graydon Memorial  143
 Savar Kaul    98.3  John Fraser  213
 Eric Yang  98.3  John Fraser  -
 Sarmad Khan  91.3  Lincoln M. Alexander  28
 Lucy Gao   99.7  Lorne Park  158
 Frank Chen  97.3  Meadowvale  154
 Sahil Jain  96  Mississauga  177
 Saida Yusuf  94.5  Peel Alternative North  36
 Name not available  86.3  Peel Alternative South  6
 Ahmed Zaidi  91.7  Peel Alternative West  8
 Iain McKenzie  97.8  Port Credit  144
 Umar Owadally  96  Rick Hansen   238
 Huzaifa Shafiq  94.8  Stephen Lewis  173
 Jared Tan  94.5  Streetsville  92
 Name not available  93.2  TL Kennedy  54
 Raagavi Logaratnam  91.7  West Credit  25
 Name not available  97.8  The Woodlands  169




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