11:30 a.m., July 18)
end's top students share common traits
By Fred Sherwin
Matthew Sunohara holds up the Governor General's
medal he earned for having the highest average
mark at Colonel By Secondary School this year.
students at the top of this year's Honour Roll share two
common traits that are not often found among their peers,
they know how to manage their time in a productive manner
and the word "procrastinate" is nowhere to be
found in their volcabulary although they all know how
to spell it.
the list amoung this year's graduating students is Matthew
Sunohara from Colonel By Secondary School with a 98.5
per cent average, .03 per cent higher than fellow IB students
Alexandra Alvares and Andy Baek.
three students said that managing their time and sticking
to a set study schedule was a key to their academic success,
but Sunohara had a third strategy that evidently worked
for him -- he didn't let trying to get the best mark possible
tried to ignore my marks as best I could. I never talked
about my grades. It was more important that you understand
the material and then the grades will come. If you just
focus on getting good grades you tend not to learn as
much," says Sunohara who will be studying mathematics
at the Univesity of Toronto this fall.
Panarella received the top mark among graduating students
at St. Matthew High School this year with a 95.9 per cent
average, .03 per cent higher than Michael Trus who recieved
the school's Governor General's Medal for having the top
combined average in Grade 11 and Grade 12.
secret to Panarella's success was managing to balance
extra-curricular activities and work with her academics.
found it helped me to set a schedule and stick to it.
It made me more focused and it forced me to be more organized,"
says Panarella who will be studying biomedical science
at the University of Ottawa this fall. "If you kid
of have a set schedule for when you want to study it makes
it a lot easier, but you have to stick to the schedule
even if you don't always want to."
Sunohara, Cairine Wilson grad Milena Bullen had a defintely
goal this year to get the highest mark possible, but that
didn`t keep her from joining the school rugby team or
taking part in other school activities.
did do a lor of sports and other activities, so I defintely
had to manage my time well. My way of doing anything is
to do it right away," says Bullen who is heading
off to Queen's University this fall where she will be
in the Honours Science program.
thing Bullen and Sunohara did have in common along with
several other of this year's top graduates was tutoring
in fact. A willingness to tutor other students is a common
thread among the east end's top graduates over the past
the ability to teach and explain something in your own
words helps you understand it more," explains Bullen.
of the byproducts of getting an outstanding average besides
having the pick of whatever school you want to go to is
the financial rewards. Bullen recieved an $8,000 scholarship,
$4,000 in each of the first two years, while Sunohara
got a $5,000 scholarship for his first year at U of T.
every top student are a number of dedicated teachers whose
influence helped them achieve the marks they did.
biggest influence was Colonel By math teacher Richard
Whitlock, who he had in Grade 9, Grade 11 and Grade 12,
although he also gave a great deal of credit to chemistry
teacher Favita Pall and his physics teacher David Wardle.
Whitlock was really great at explaining things and he's
really dedicated to his students. I would say he had the
biggest influence on me academically," says Sunohara.
credits her Grade 12 physics teacher Michael Flynn for
a great deal of her success and her love of the subject
and science in general.
I really liked was how much into the subject he was. He
was so pasisonate about physics it made me want to undertsand
what was so cool about it," says Panarella.
this year's other top graduates are Gabriela Bernal Astrain
at Lester B. Pearson High School; Michael McLaren, who
received a 94.3 average at Gloucester High School; David
Hantke with a 98.6 at Sir Wilfrid Laurier Secondary School
and Luke Crispo who achieved a 94.7 per cent average at
St. Peter High School, .03 per cent higher than Adam Watts.
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