St. Robert Catholic High School student, Theodore Ngo, earns impressive 99.83% average

YCDSB’s top graduating student for 2018 keeps his focus on personal development

Theodore Ngo from St. Robert Catholic High School in Markham is the York Catholic District School Board’s top graduating student for the 2017-2018 school year. He earned a near-perfect 99.83 per cent average in his top six Grade 12 courses.

Theodore was enrolled in St. Robert’s International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme, which meets the Ontario curriculum and also offers a rigorous, internationally-recognized curriculum. His older sister recommended the programme to him when he was a Grade 8 student at Vaughan’s St. Gregory the Great Catholic Elementary School because she thought that it would challenge him in high school and better prepare him for university.

“The IB programme at St. Robert is excellent,” said Theodore. “The administrators and teachers position themselves in a way to help everyone succeed and do well. Throughout high school, the IB students form a tight-knit group that support and encourage each other. I had fun in high school, especially in the younger grades. Thankfully, my parents didn’t pressure me too much to succeed so I was always able to keep the ‘bigger picture’ in mind. I have the mind-set that going to school and getting good grades is only part of my overall education. Challenging myself by learning new things, improving upon my skills and interests, and experiencing personal development is what motivates me to do well.”

In addition to his studies, Theodore earned the MVP title for the St. Robert tennis team this year. He also mentored younger students as part of the school’s individual pathways program and was a member of St. Robert’s HOSA chapter, which involves competitions and challenges in the medical and health science fields.

Theodore will begin the Life Sciences Program at the University of Toronto in September, although he has not yet determined what type of career he would like to pursue.

“I’m interested in so many different things that I don’t know exactly what I want to do yet,” said Theodore. “I’m considering government and health science sectors, but for now my priority is to learn as much as possible and focus on growing as a person.”

The York Catholic District School Board congratulates Theodore and is confident he will succeed at whatever he puts his mind to.

Close behind Theodore, earning the top marks for their respective schools was Arsh Kadakia of Father Michael McGivney CA who had an average of 99.67%, and Vanessa Tang and Yining Liu of St. Theresa of Lisieux CHS who tied with an average of 99.33%.

Arsh Kadakia
Vanessa Tang
Yining Liu

Following is a list of the top graduating student from each York Catholic secondary school, based on the average of their best six Grade 12 courses.

The Top Scholar from each York Catholic Secondary School, by Municipality

Student Name School Municipality Grade 12 Average*
* Based on the average of the student’s marks in their six best Grade 12 courses, to two decimal places.
Elizabeth Zoubakina Cardinal Carter CHS Aurora 99.17
Peter James Chimienti St. Maximilian Kolbe CHS Aurora 97.33
Sherece Khemraj Our Lady of the Lake CCS Georgina 96.17
Theodore Ngo St. Robert CHS Markham 99.83
Arsh Kadakia Father Michael McGivney CA Markham 99.67
Christina Mallouk St. Augustine CHS Markham 98.50
Johan Privanth Sebastiampillai St. Brother Andre CHS Markham 97.83
Matthew Connell-Tombs Sacred Heart CHS Newmarket 99.17
Vanessa Tang St. Theresa of Lisieux CHS Richmond Hill 99.33
Yining Liu St. Theresa of Lisieux CHS Richmond Hill 99.33
Rachel Tin Kwon Yuen Jean Vanier CHS Richmond Hill 98.33
Cecilia Cancellara Holy Cross CA Vaughan 98.67
Daphne-Eleni Archonta St. Elizabeth CHS Vaughan 98.17
Christopher Ma Father Bressani CHS Vaughan 97.50
Alessio Giovannoni St. Jean de Brebeuf CHS Vaughan 97.17
Sana M. Ahmad St. Joan of Arc CHS Vaughan 96.17