of the Month for October is Ava Gossen, a Grade 12 student at Leamington
District Secondary School. Ava is a passionate, driven and very bright
individual. She is an excellent student who excels academically. She has been
on Leamington’s Honor Roll since Grade 9 and she is a strong leader and
positive role model.
currently serves as the Minister of the Arts on Leamington’s Student Council
and has taken several leadership courses such as Business and Fitness
Leadership at LDSS. Aside from academics and leadership, Ava is involved in
many extracurricular activities including the school Swim Team, Eco Team and
Ava is also
involved in a multitude of projects aimed at improving life in the greater
Leamington community. She has volunteered at Erie Shores Health Care where she
assisted in day to day tasks. Last year she started a pilot project with
Hospice where she collected crafting supplies every month and delivered them to
children visiting Hospice to help occupy them while they are spending time with
their loved ones.
Ava has an
interest and talent for STEAM subjects. Since Grade 9, she has commissioned
five paintings for Erie Shores Health Care. She won first place in the colored
pencil division at the 20th annual juried student art show. Ava also competed
in Technovation, a coding competition to empower women to study computer
science. Ava coded an app called “Mental Health Helpline”, which is designed to
connect people with mental health services in Ontario.
Ava has an entrepreneurial spirit. She started a lifeguarding business through
a grant from the Windsor-Essex Small Business Center. She attended a
business competition at Western’s Ivey School of Business and was selected to
attend Ivey’s Summer Leadership Program. During this summer program, her
business group presented their idea to executives at Canada's Wonderland and
they won first place.
Ava displays exemplary leadership and a strong commitment to her school and the
greater community. Congratulations Ava for being selected by Student Senate as
October’s Student of the Month.