Toronto’s Top 20 under 20 - part 3


The science whiz: Michelle Yang
age 17

This Branksome Hall student has a knack for the sciences and engineering. Michelle Yang spent eight months working under the guidance of Dr. Brad Bass, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, while she built her BioFilter project, which filters out microbeads (0.3 mm in diameter) present in many facial scrubs that often kill fish when ingested.

She encourages her peers to get involved in the science, technology, engineering and math fields.

“You never know if you’re going to like something unless you give it a shot,” she says.


The next Sidney Crosby: Connor McDavid
age 17

Often referred to as “the next one,” Connor McDavid is projected to be a top two pick in the 2015 NHL draft.

A Newmarket native, McDavid grew up on the outskirts of Toronto and slowly became known as a once-in-a-generation hockey talent.

McDavid now plays for the Erie Otters in the Ontario Hockey League.


The producer: Ebony Oshunrinde
age 17

Ebony Oshunrinde, better known as WondaGurl, is the latest product of Toronto’s burgeoning hip-hop scene.

“I think Toronto plays a large part in the hip hop world today. I have found that there is a lot of talented artists here,” she says.

Her crowning achievement thus far is a track production credit on Jay-Z’s latest album. But she has a higher goal than that.

“My ultimate goal is to one day win a Grammy.” Given that she’s already working with Grammy-nominated artists, it certainly seems achievable.


The next NBA star: Shakur Daniel
age 15 

Shakur Daniel is giving Toronto basketball fans more to cheer about than just the Raptors. The 15-year-old has already been dubbed by USA Today as “the next Andrew Wiggins,” who was the second Canadian to go number one in the NBA draft.

The guard, who stands 6-4 and is not done growing, may head to the U.S. before college to gain more exposure. Hopefully he comes back home in a few years to suit up in red and white.


Image: WVU Athletic Communications

The soccer star: Kadeisha Buchanan
age 19

Kadeisha Buchanan is poised to be Canada’s next soccer superstar. She’s suited up for the national team 18 times, including the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in August.

“It’s an unbelievable experience to play for your country at a senior level. I’m super-honoured,” she says.

Buchanan’s ultimate goal, though, is to make a difference off the field.

“I want to inspire young players, girls and boys. It doesn’t matter where you come from, if you have a dream, you can achieve it.”


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