More than 4,300 Peel board students make Ontario’s Top Scholar list
Hamdan Chaudhry, Richa John, Maham Khalid, Imran Ladak, Victoria Liu and Padmaja Sreeram from Turner Fenton Secondary School achieved the highest average within the Peel District School Board for the 2013-14 academic year. These students are among the Peel board's 4,370 Ontario scholars, students graduating grade 12 with an average of 80 per cent or higher in their top six grade 12 courses.
Chaudhry will be majoring in mechatronics engineering at the University of Waterloo in September. Chaudhry plans on graduating from Waterloo with his bachelor’s degree and then getting his Masters and PhD. “Becoming the chief executive officer of Google is one my dreams,” says Chaudhry.
John will be taking the health sciences program at McMaster University. John provides a few secrets to success, “study hard and stay focused, avoid distractions, but make sure to take breaks to clear your mind.”
Khalid, who plans to study medical sciences at Western University this fall, attributes her success to a positive and hardworking atmosphere created by her teachers and peers. “A good work ethic and not being afraid to ask for help is what’s essential to doing well,” she says.
Ladak will be majoring in life sciences at the University of Toronto. Ladak was able to achieve his perfect average due to “hard work and teachers’ support, and would like to give back to the less fortunate in the community after university graduation.”
Liu will be attending McMaster University for the health sciences program. The support of family, friends, teachers and coaches has helped her to be successful and fulfill her potential throughout high school. Her advice for future students is, “no matter what you do, if you work hard enough and embrace any challenge with open arms, you will succeed.”
Sreeram will be exploring her interests in health sciences at the McMaster University in the fall. Sreeram believes she was successful by, “having a passion for learning, understanding the course work and participating in extracurricular activities.”
Yi Zona Xu from Glenforest Secondary School had the highest average in Mississauga with 99.7 per cent. New York University will be home to Zona Xu in September. “Marks are an incomplete measure of people. It’s good to perform well academically, but it’s just as important to develop holistically in aspects that aren’t rooted in education,” is Zona Xu’s advice for next year’s grade 12 students.
Michelle Shi from Mayfield Secondary School had the second highest average in Caledon with 97.8 per cent. Next year, she will be attending McGill University, enrolled in the commerce program. Shi would like to pursue opportunities in the music industry after university. She says, “you need to study hard, participate in extracurricular activities and maintain a school/life balance.”
The total number of students on the Ontario Top Scholar list at the Peel board has increased from last year’s 4,350. Last year, five students from Turner Fenton earned perfect averages.
Attached is a full listing of Peel's Ontario Top Scholars by region.