Almost perfect average for Cardinal Carter CHS student, Chris Staykov

Aurora student leads the York Catholic District School Board’s graduating class with an average of 99.67%

Chris Staykov from Cardinal Carter Catholic High School in Aurora scored a near perfect, 99.67%, making him the York Catholic District School Board’s top graduating student in 2017.

Chris was enrolled in Cardinal Carter’s International Baccalaureate (IB) program, which meets the Ontario curriculum and also offers a rigorous, internationally-recognized curriculum. “My high school experience was great,” said Chris. “There’s a great sense of community in the IB program. The students in the program faced the challenges together, along with our teachers, who were very supportive.”

Chris indicated that time management was the key to his success. He schedules blocks of time to complete all of his tasks, such as homework assignments, into the calendar on his mobile smart phone. This helped to keep him organized and ensured that he could efficiently manage multiple projects.

At Cardinal Carter, Chris participated in several clubs and activities including the school’s Legacy Leadership Council, OSAID Chapter (Ontario Students Against Impaired Driving), Free the Children committee, and UN Assembly. His advice for high school students is to not be afraid to try new things. “There are so many opportunities in high school for students to get involved and learn new skills. You never know what might spark your interest, so try everything.”

This philosophy drove Chris to choose a co-op program for his post-secondary studies. In September, Chris will begin a five-year Systems Design Engineering Program at the University of Waterloo. It is an interdisciplinary program that will provide him with a chance to get work experience in different engineering fields before he decides which career path to follow.

Outside of school Chris works as an Assistant Teacher for an organization that delivers math classes for high-performing and gifted students. Chris resides in Richmond Hill and attended elementary school at YCDSB’s Our Lady of the Annunciation CES in Oak Ridges.

The York Catholic District School Board congratulates Chris and wishes him much success in the future.

Following is a list of the top scholar 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 Community

Student Name School Community Grade 12 Average*
* Based on the average of the student’s marks in their six best Grade 12 courses, to two decimal places.
Chris Staykov Cardinal Carter CHS Aurora 99.67
Kristen Victoria Harrington St. Maximilian Kolbe CHS Aurora 98.83
Anthony Latorre Our Lady of the Lake CCS Keswick 94.17
Stefani Mihilli St. Joan of Arc CHS Maple 98.00
Amaar Syed Quadri Father Michael McGivney CA Markham 99.50
Julia Dominique de Xavier St. Augustine CHS Markham 98.83
Abigail Clapperton St. Brother Andre CHS Markham 99.33
Ryan Reid Sacred Heart CHS Newmarket 97.33
Sophie Jane Morgan Jean Vanier CHS Richmond Hill 98.33
Juwon (Julie) Lee St. Theresa of Lisieux CHS Richmond Hill 99.50
Maya Pavlova St. Theresa of Lisieux CHS Richmond Hill 99.50
Matthew Faiella St. Elizabeth CHS Thornhill 98.33
Michael Jiyu Song St. Robert CHS Thornhill 99.16
Teodora Marginean Father Bressani CHS Woodbridge 98.33
Dilini Hapuhennedige Holy Cross CA Woodbridge 98.17
Sheena Khan St. Jean de Brebeuf CHS Woodbridge 99.00