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Toronto Catholic District School Board

Meet the Top Scholars for 2015/2016

 

A researcher, an author, a software engineer and a hockey player are some of the top graduating students from the Toronto Catholic District School Board for the 2015/2016 year.  For more information, see our Backgrounder.
 
Robert Adragna
Robert Adragna
Bishop Allen Academy
100 percent average in six Advanced Placement Courses:  English, Psychology, Calculus and Vectors, Functions, Biology and Chemistry
 
 
Julia Da Silva
Julia Da Silva
Michael Power-St. Joseph Catholic High School
100 percent average in the International Baccalaureate Program in World Issues, Canadian History, World History, English Literature, English, French

 

 
Jason Pu
Jason Pu 
Michael Power-St. Joseph Catholic High School
100 percent average in the International Baccalaureate Program for English (2 courses), Biology, Chemistry, Science and French
 
 
Rachel Santini
Rachel Santini
Father John Redmond Catholic Secondary School and Regional Arts Centre
99.83 percent average in six Advanced Placement Courses: English, Calculus and Vectors, Functions, Biology, Chemistry and Physics during the 2015/2016 year
 
 
Danial Fusca
Daniel Fusca
Chaminade College School
99.50 percent average; Top Scholar for the former City of North York
 
 
Vy Nguyen
Vy Nguyen
Blessed Archbishop Romero Catholic Secondary School
99.17 percent average; Top Scholar for the former City of York

 

BACKGROUNDER: TCDSB TOP SCHOLARS 2015-2016

 
Robert Adragna has a busy summer ahead of him as a passionate student leader with an adventurous spirit. This summer, he will be attending theoretical physics/mathematics programs at both the Institute for Quantum Computing in Waterloo and the Brainport/Eindhoven Region in The Netherlands. While he attended, Bishop Allen, Robert led the Model United Nations and Reach for the Top Teams. He balances his academics with a variety of extra-curricular activities. He shares a passion for creative writing and journalism as an editor for the Toronto Public Library “Young Voices Magazine" and as a Youth Writer for "The Catholic Register" and is a parishioner of St. Michael’s Cathedral. Robert will be attending the University of Toronto in September as a University of Toronto National Scholar to study Engineering Science. He hopes to one day lead innovative research unravelling the mysteries of the universe. 
 
Julia Da Silva is a published author, musician and poet. While a student at Michael Power, she co-founded "Books, Quills, and Writing Skills," as a forum for students interested in writing.  She was also a member of the Debating Team and Amnesty International. Outside of school, she played the piano and oboe, and completed Royal Conservatory exams on both these instruments: Grade 9 Oboe and Grade 10 Piano.  For the past four years, she played in the Etobicoke Youth Band and this past year played with the Toronto Youth Wind Orchestra.  She has performed at Carnegie Hall twice. Julia credits music for helping her develop as a student and writer. An avid reader, her greatest passion is writing, and is currently working on two fantasy novels and a poetry anthology. In 2015, she won the student scholarship to attend the Ontario Writers' Conference, and has a poem published in Young Voices (with one coming out this Fall). Julia keeps physically fit by running three or four times a week.  This September, she will be studying at the University of Toronto, where she plans to major in English and Philosophy, as well as study Latin, French literature, and History.  Her goal is to obtain a PhD in English Literature as well as writing novels and poetry.  Julia is spending the summer in Portugal, looking after her younger cousins during the day, and learning Portuguese.
 
Jason Pu founded the school’s DECA club at his school, which he ran for three years.  Through conferences and competitions, DECA  helps to prepare students to respond to authentic business cases and market demands.. He enjoys debating and works part-time as a lifeguard and instructor.  He also attended SHAD science school last summer, which is a month-long summer program focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics. He is now a member of the almost 15,000 illustrious alumni, which includes Rhodes Scholars and accomplished professionals.  Jason will be studying to become a Software Engineer at the University of Waterloo in September.
 
Rachel Santini is an athlete as well as an academic. She belonged to six school sports teams during her final year, earning her Athlete of the Year. She has played hockey since she was 6 years old and was scouted by McGill University to join their Varsity Women's hockey team. She will study Mechanical Engineering at McGill in September. Rachel was a student leader at her school, helping to organize various events, was Editor of the school’s Gifted and Enrichment Newsletter and a Peer Math Tutor.  During the summer, she is tutoring students while training five days a week in preparation for hockey at McGill.
 
Close behind the top four scholars is Daniel Fusca with an average of 99.50 percent. As a graduate of Chaminade College School, Daniel is the top scholar for the area known as the former City of North York. He is volunteering at the Royal Ontario Museum’s Summer club this summer. In September, he will be attending classes at the University of Toronto St. George campus, where he will be studying general life science and computer science courses, and is planning to do a Specialization in Computational Biology and a Specialization in Molecular Genetics, hoping to eventually obtain a PhD computational biology.
 
Another stellar graduate is Vy Nguyen, who achieved an overall average of 99.17 percent. Vy graduated from Blessed Archbishop Romero Catholic Secondary School, located in the former City of York.  She will be attending the University of Toronto, at the St. George Campus, and I will be in the Life Sciences Program. She hopes to attend medical school. After obtaining her undergraduate degree. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
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