I know what you are saying right now: "Wait a minute, Mr. Wadge! How on Earth can TOMAS be the Student of the Week? After all he is only a grade 11 student! Grade ELEVEN!! By now everyone has figured out that you need to be a grade TWELVE student (or even have GRADUATED) to be the Student of the Week! So what's going on Wadge!?!?"
Relax everybody (sheesh! Touchy-touchy). Turns out that Tomas is leaving us soon (returning to Chile) and I thought it would be nice to say pleasant things about him before he's gone.
Of course, I have not known Tomas very long (just since September of this year) but, in that short time, I have come to think very fondly of him. He is a very warm and friendly person. It's no wonder that he (seems to) make friends easily. Tomas always has a smile on his face, is quick to laugh, and is pretty darn funny himself. Who doesn't like being around someone like THAT?!?
Tomas was on the Cross-Country team this year. He had to come in the top 20 (in the fifth race) to qualify for Provincials. Before the race he expressed some nervousness: "hope I can make it into the top 20. It's going to be close", etc. It was quite surprising after the race when Tomas did indeed finish in 20th place. Not because I thought he would do worse but because when I excitedly informed him: "you did it, Tomas! You qualified for Provincials!! Congratulations!! Should I write your name down now on the Provincial registration form?", Tomas looked me in the eye, smiled, and responded simply, "No. I'm not going". Whaaaaat!!! Tomas!! Not sure what his reason was (didn't want to miss Halloween?) but it was pretty funny. And I'm still proud of you for all your determined running, Tomas!
Tomas is a strong Math student. Not sure if this is a "Chile" thing or a "Tomas" thing but he has done extremely well in PreCalculus 11 this year. Even more impressive to me is how willing (eager?) he is to participate in class. If I was to spend time in a foreign country - especially one where my first language was not spoken - I think I would be rather tentative or withdrawn during class discussions. Not Tomas! He is always sharing answers and ideas. Much appreciated (and very impressive) Tomas!
Tomas, I will be very sorry to see you leave next month. You have been a valuable part of my Block H class and I know that you will be missed. I feel very lucky to have had you in my class. I hope you enjoyed your time in Canada and that you will come back one day (soon!). Thanks for being such a fun, friendly, determined, personable student!
¡Usted es fantástica!