J. Clarke Richardson Collegiate is full to the brim with extraordinary students with many different passions. The staff at Eye on the Storm has decided that these students deserve to be recognized for their hard work and talent. Explore the lives of 10 exceptional students that are profiled here as part of our series: Trending Ten. Get ready to be inspired!
Shashvienth “Shash” Shivamurugan is a Grade 12 student involved in the sports community at J. Clarke Richardson. He plays on the school badminton team, and is involved in all of the school’s Special Olympics sports. Balancing both academics and athletics, he continues to focus on remaining positive and prioritizing hard work.
Tell me about yourself and what you do.
My name is Shash, I play badminton. I’m a friendly person. What I like in this school is that I can enjoy lots of tournaments in badminton, but what I don’t like is doing track and field.
When did you start with badminton?
When I was ten years old. When I was in grade nine I used to play badminton too.
Where do you see yourself in three years?
I’ll be continuing higher studies. I’m going to college, I think Durham College.
Do you plan to continue with badminton?
Maybe, I might.
What advice would you give students that want to make a change around the school?
Be positive, help, and respect others. You have to be kind to others, helping others, like if they’re stuck in their assignments, I can help them.
What motivates you?
Try hard and don’t give up! And practice!
Is there a quote that you live by?
Practice makes perfect.
Would you say that the more you practice the better the outcome is?
Is there a challenge that you’ve had to overcome throughout highschool, whether academic, personal, or sports-based?
Negativity. People who do negative things, like saying rude things.
What do you think is the meaning of life?
Life and hope is the learning process. [I define success as] a person who succeeds in their courses, like academics. Teamwork is the most important trait.