Written by: Shirley Jiao
Michelle is the star student of the month from Gr.10C, Shanghai Nanyang Model Private High School. She not only participates a lot in class actively, but still has the spare time to do something for interest as well. Her kindness also leads her to make a lot of good friends in school.
Michelle’s hard work and efforts have led her to great achievements in academics. During class time, she always listens carefully to whatever the teacher says, and asks questions frequently. Michelle is a girl who loves questions, and she enjoys the process of solving questions. “Practice makes perfect.” If you do not practice, then you will not have questions to ask; if you do not ask, then you will make mistakes. That is how Michelle achieves her academic success.
Although Michelle is still a grade 10 student, she is good at time management. One of her tips for other students is to not waste any spare time. “There are many things you can do after you finish your schoolwork.” Michelle uses her free time to practice her basketball skills, to read books, and to play violin as well. “There are always better ways to live your life rather than playing on your cell phones.”
Besides school time, Michelle’s extracurricular life is also very colorful and meaningful. She uses her free time to do some hobbies, and hang out with friends on weekends. “My friends always give me their love and support,” Michelle said, “They comfort me when I’m experiencing times of sorrow, and share their happiness with me.” Michelle thinks her friends are the most important part of her high school life, so she often hangs out with her friends either for entertainment or for studying.
Furthermore, her dream is to become a doctor. In her perspective, a doctor is an essential job for society, and she loves the feeling of healing patients. She said it would make her feel very proud of herself because she would be trying to save people’s lives, even though they are all strangers.
At last, Michelle’s main goal for the year is to improve her academic level as well as read more English books. For herself, she wants to be a well-rounded person; for other people in her life, she wants to bring much more happiness and energy to them. Michelle is such an awesome girl that I think she could be a sign of positive attitude and a great leader in later years. She will be the star of Nanmo, not just for this month.
Written by: Aurora Chen (12B)
In this installment, Harry Liu from Grade 10 is our Star Student. He is a pretty conspicuous student. He was a member of the school basketball team, and takes an active part in frisbee and soccer competitions. Speaking of the reason why he was chosen as the star student, he guessed that it was because of his “great progress in last two month’s study”. He also said that he “often gave some responses to [his] teachers in class,” so perhaps those were two reasons why he was chosen by teachers. In our BC Program, he really enjoys himself. He feels great for the opportunity to “develop his abilities in different ways,” through “various activities and assemblies.” These events give students opportunities to improve themselves and simultaneously have fun. When I asked him to give other students some advice in order to study more efficiently, Harry said that, “it is very helpful and important to ask your teachers questions when you don’t understand. It is the easiest way to solve your problem.” When the topic turned to Harry’s hobbies, he became excited. As mentioned before, he loves soccer, frisbee and basketball. Furthermore, he also loves music.
When he was talking about family members, he showed that his grandpa is one of the most important people in his life. His grandpa inspires him a lot by teaching him that “[he] should always be strict with himself.” That is how he and his grandpa succeeded. What’s more, as such an excellent student, Harry also has a future dream. He wants to be a psychologist, because he has great interests in psychology. Lastly, being a star student is definitely not his final goal. In 2018, he hopes he can grow taller, do well in TOEFL and finish studying for his SAT. Additionally, Harry wants to make progress in his basketball and soccer skills.
Written by Jerry Zhang (Grade 10)
Once, during Social Studies class, Mr. Milne asked a difficult question. The whole class was quiet. I could barely understand what Mr. Milne had asked, but I saw Linda raise her hand and answer the question. “Perfect!” said Mr. Milne. At that time, I realized that Linda deserves to be a star student. Not only is Linda clever, but she’s also kind and warm-hearted.
I asked Linda some questions. She loves reading history books in her spare time. So she is good at both Chinese history and Canadian history. She can fluently recite a number of Chinese historical events in a short time. She also reads some current news about sports. I think that’s cool because less and less girls like sports nowadays.
Through the interview, I also learned that Linda is a caring person. Her dream job is to be a teacher because she believes that education is the beginning of everything. Teaching someone with a desire to enrich his or her mind is a sacred thing. It’s a kind of inheritance. She has decided to choose a major related to education in the future so that she can reach her goal more easily.
The reason that Linda chose the BC program in Luwan High School is that she doesn’t want to compete so intensely with other students like in the Chinese program. She loves the feeling of freedom. She likes traveling and she wants to experience different cultures and costumes when she studies in a foreign country.
Linda also has ambition. Linda’s final goal is to enter the University of Toronto. She hopes her average score can be above 90%. Her clear goal for the future will certainly help her on the way. When I asked Linda how she improves her English, she told me that she likes reading English historical stories when she is free. If she still has some time after that, she watches some science fiction films, not only for fun, but also to learn new words and improve her pronunciation.
Furthermore, Linda said: “I am also interested in music. I like listening to a lot of types of music, such as soft music, classical music and so on... Soft music can make me calm down. So if I want to concentrate, I listen to soft music. I have a strong interest in classical music and I want to learn a musical instrument in the future. By the way, my favourite singer is Taylor Swift. I love her songs. They can remind me of a beautiful view in the countryside.”
Through the interview, I found that Linda is indeed a clever, kind, warm-hearted and hard-working student.