As another year begins in the academic community, high school students might think about aspiring to perfection in their graduating year. Included in last year’s alumnus were nine students with a 100 per cent average in the Peel District School Board region.

The elite group attained the highest averages within the board region for the 2016-17 academic year and are among the Peel board’s 4,867 Ontario scholars: students graduating Grade 12 with an average of 80 per cent or higher in their top six courses.

Rahman Ladak of Turner Fenton Secondary School; Aman Brar, Gurleen Kaloty, Vishvam Mazumdar and Vishwa Sheth of Central Peel Secondary School scored the highest averages in Brampton while Apurva Dixit, Jason Liu, Jovana Pajovic and Anjali Thatte of Glenforest topped the graduating class in Mississauga.

Brar, Kaloty, Mazumdar and Sheth all plan on attend engineering courses at the University of Waterloo while Pajovic will be enrolled in the humanities and social sciences program at the University of Toronto.

“Self-motivation and initiative have played a crucial role in the development of my work ethic,” said Kaloty, in a news release. “I would not be here today without the support of my teachers, peers and supportive parents.”

Pajovic offers some advice to students on achieving success in school.

“Learn to prioritize and actively engage yourself in extra-curricular activities because they teach you necessary social and teamwork skills,” she said.

Luke Matta and one other student of Mayfield Secondary School scored the highest average in Caledon schools with 98.2 per cent.

His advice: “Don’t overthink and don’t be hard on yourself.”

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