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Top two 2015-16 Toronto scholars are both East York Collegiate students

If members of the Toronto District School Board need any further evidence of the value of keeping East York Collegiate Institute open when they voted on the Pupil Accommodation Review report in June, an announcement in July that the board’s two top scholars both attend the school should certainly suffice.

(Along with eight other East York schools, EYCI, at 650 Cosburn Ave. at Coxwell Ave., was part of the provincially ordered review, which resulted in one school being relocated.)

Tops among the 230,000-plus students who attend the board’s 600 schools was EYCI’s Kenneth Wong, who attained a phenomenal 99.8% mark during his studies for the 2015-16 school year. Just 1/10 of a percentage point behind, at 99.7% was another EYCI pupil, Sailesh Nankani, an immigrant from Pakistan three years ago.

Kenneth Wong [left], who scored 99.8%, and Sailesh Nankani, who was close behind at 99.7, in the library at East York Collegiate Institute. -JESSICA LEE

Kenneth Wong [left], who scored 99.8%, and Sailesh Nankani, who was close behind at 99.7, in the library at East York Collegiate Institute. -JESSICA LEE

Mr. Wong, who won a nation-wide Canadian Civil Liberties Union essay contest in Grade 11 and was featured on radio last year for a school project on Canada’s former pre-1965 flag, will be studying History and Political Science starting this fall at the University of Toronto.

Saying he hopes to become a diplomat, Wong has been a volunteer with the Royal Canadian Legion, helping them with handing out poppies and gardening, a hobby he pursues avidly.

Mr. Nankani says he plans to attend the Computer Science and Business Administration program at the University of Waterloo in Waterloo starting next month. Meanwhile he is spending his summer as a volunteer for Access Alliance, a community centre in the Danforth Avenue east area, as well as for Harbourfront.

With students like these coming out of its programs, EYCI should be able to look forward to many, many years of continued excellent service.

-Gary Webb-Proctor

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