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2020 Student Recognition Award Recipients

2020 OCDSB Student Recognition Award Recipients
Posted on 06/24/2020
Every year, the OCDSB Student Recognition Awards celebrate students who have demonstrated initiative, the will to succeed, the dedication to finish what they started, and the commitment to achieve their personal best. Congratulations to Cory Dignard-Keras, Student Recognition Award recipient, and Abbas Mohamed, Excellence In Equity Student Award Recipient!



Cory Dignard-KerasCory is a conscientious, hard-working, and resilient student. She is known for helping other students who are struggling, and she does so while maintaining a 90% average.

Cory’s love of music is obvious to all who know her. She has been a member of every musical ensemble at Hillcrest, including the OCDSB All-Star Band. She is also a member of Orkidstra, a community music education program. Cory has served as a mentor to grade 9 students, volunteering to hold clarinet sectionals during her lunch hour. She was also the student director for the clarinet choir this year.

Cory has been a significant contributor to the yearbook and will also graduate with her Arts and Culture Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) seal this year. She represented Hillcrest with pride at the National Arts Centre’s 50th Anniversary Golden Gala and Music and Entrepreneurship discussion. Cory has overcome challenges while still being an ambassador of goodwill. Her contributions to school and community will be greatly missed.



Abbas MohamedAbbas has been a role model and leader in everything he does, whether in sports, academics or intramural activities. He was instrumental in helping to create the OCDSB’s first Black Youth Conference and helping to build the student-led Black Youth Forum. Abbas also represented Black Youth at York University's first Black Child and Youth Studies Network, and has represented the school and OCDSB in a variety of capacities.

Abbas supports Black youth and children at Ridgemont homework club and summer school. He participates in numerous community initiatives, including Clean Up the Neighbourhood, Ledbury Banff Community House, the Rajo Project, and the Black Linkup Series at the Origin Centre. He participated in A Protest for Change at the Heron Community Centre as a community organizer, and was the Youth Ambassador at Hillcrest for the Somali Family Services.

Abbas is thoughtful, humble and reflective. He is a speaker who commands his peers’ and teachers’ attention. He inspires all with his excellence and leaves the OCDSB a better place than he found it.



Learn about all of the 2020 Student Recognition Award recipients.

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