2021-2022 Student Recognition Awards

2021-2022 Student Recognition Awards
Posted on 06/26/2022
Student Award

Each year, the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board Student Recognition Awards celebrate excellence in student leadership. Students are chosen by their principals and/or vice-principals for their demonstration of initiative, supported by the will to succeed, the dedication to finish what they started, and the commitment to achieve their personal best. Congratulations to this year’s recipient from Ridgemont High School, Desmond Anuku!


Desmond Anuku is an incredible example of how great schools don’t happen by accident; they happen when students like him show up every day to do the work in a way that supports, includes, and welcomes others to join him! As Co-President of the Ridgemont Student Council during the pandemic, Desmond’s efforts to build community despite the challenges have been absolutely critical. By organizing events like the Valentine’s Day door decorating contest, pushing for the re-introduction of intramurals, and supporting 2022 graduates in having a full Grade 12 experience, Desmond saw a need for community and connection and worked hard to meet it. He also led a team of students to create a workshop for schools to improve how they react to and support students affected by racism: This workshop, presented to students, staff and superintendents across the Board, addressed a problem in a way that built rather than broke connections. It empowered students to use their voices and educated the people responsible for safeguarding those voices. Desmond has also looked for opportunities to support excellence in others, mentoring students at other schools to start their own Black Student Unions and creating publicity videos for Black-owned businesses in the community. Ridgemont was also proud to hear him on CBC radio promoting a slam poetry video he contributed to called “Not just hair”, a pilot project of Presidential Hoops. Desmond’s work both at school and in the community is impactful, important, and empowering to others.


Visit the OCDSB website to learn more about the awards and all of the outstanding recipients!
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