8:30 a.m., Aug. 3)
end's top public board students have much in common
By Fred Sherwin
Zach Stevenson received the top mark at Sir
Wilfrid Laurier Secondary School with a 97.66
per cent. Fred Sherwin/Photo
top graduating students in the east end's four public
board high schools have a lot in common besides just high
marks. Three of them were relatively late bloomers and
three of them want to pursue a career in medicine.
Stevenson's average in Grade 9 and Grade 10 hovered between
87 and 92. It wasn't until the Sir Wilfrid Laurier Secondary
School grad decided to apply himself in Grade 11 that
he managed to get his average up to the mid-90s. He graduated
in June with an average of 97.66 per cent.
didn't study so much in Grade 9 and 10. In Grade 11 I
just decided to pay more attention in class and get better
marks," says Stevenson who has enrolled in the life
sciences program at McGill University.
difference-maker for Stevenson was calculus teacher Anne
made math a lot of fun. She was just really enthusiastic
and zany," says Stevenson who readily admits he didn;t
spend as much time pouring over the books as his fellow
high achievers. "I spent a lot of time understanding
the material rather than trying to memorize. Once I got
it, everything was a lot easier."
Wilson grad Ayesha Kareem was the exact opposite of Stevenson.
She has been getting the top mark in her class as long
as she can remember, but she worked hard to achieve her
standing, sometimes studying as much as three and four
hours a night.
didn't really do a lot beside studying. My motivation
was to her the highest mark possible," says Kareem
whose 94 per cent average helped her get into the biomedical
science program at the University of Ottawa.
Deborah Baremberg from Colonel By Secondary
School received the highest mark in her graduating
class and the second highest mark in the Ottawa-Carleton
District School Board with a 98.83 per cent.
the top grads in the east end, Deborah Baremberg from
Colonel By Secondary School probably struck the best balance
between time spent on the books and time spent away from
myself, it's all about time management. I've never been
a procrastinator," says Baremberg, who not only achieved
the top mark in the east end with a 98.83 per cent in
the challenging International Baccalaureate program, but
also achieved the second highest mark in the board. "I
do a lot of reading and painting and I also play the clarinet."
credits Colonel By English teacher Angela Evans for helping
to keep her motivated, as well as her math teacher Madame
Stevenson, she was a good student in Grade 9 and 10 but
not a top student.
would never have thought I could get the top mark in the
school. It was always the same person and I assumed they
would get the top mark. But in Grade 11 I won four subject
awards and I got the top academic average and I started
to believe it was possible. It's defintely the result
of a lot of hard work," says Baremberg, who plans
to major in physiology and minor in chemistry at McGill
east end's other top student was Rizwan Awan who received
an average of 93.83 per cent at Gloucseter High School.
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