Stellar marks in each of his Grade 12 courses has earned Dominic Haas a perfect 100% average in his final year of high school.
A student in the Halton District School Board since Kindergarten, Dominic attended John T. Tuck Public School and Charles R. Beaudoin Public School before beginning at Robert Bateman High School for his high school career.
“The community, the resources, and especially the teachers make it such a great place to study,” says Dominic.
Before starting Grade 11, Dominic lived in Taiwan to attend school for a year as part of a Rotary Youth Exchange. “This was a rewarding experience that made my overall high school experience quite special,” Dominic says.
His favourite high school memory is playing the role of dentist in Robert Bateman High School’s rendition of Little Shop of Horrors.
As Link Crew Commissioner, an executive member of Student Council, and clarinet player in the school band, Dominic maintained a high level of involvement during his high school career.
Maintaining a high academic average while being actively involved in athletics earned Dominic the Pinnacle of Excellence Award. As MVP for the school’s badminton and swim teams, and captain of the swim team, Dominic competed at Halton Finals and the Golden Horseshoe Athletic Conference (GHAC). He is also an OFSAA-level competitive swimmer.
“Extracurriculars were a useful break that gave me a boost of energy,” Dominic says. “By choosing extracurriculars that I enjoyed, my high school experience felt less like a juggling act and more like a normal composition of school work and fun activities.”
Dominic plans to study health sciences at McMaster University in the fall.
His advice to students starting high school in the fall is to not be afraid of trying new things.
“Whether it’s a new club, a subject you haven’t explored yet, or something else, some of your more unique experiences turn out to be your best,” says Dominic. “Try not to worry so much - Grade 9 and 10 especially are grades where you are meant to try new things, explore your interests, and grow as an individual.”
“Students should take the time to enjoy their high school career,” adds Dominic.