Jessica out for justice
STAR STUDENT STRIVES TO HELP OTHERS
EVEN when Jessica Sidi is on holiday, she’s helping others.
Not long after finishing Year 12 WA Certificate of Education exams and graduating from Santa Maria College last year, the Manning resident flew to Cambodia with fellow students to complete volunteer projects with developing communities.
Describing herself as always having an interest in social justice, the youngest daughter of Indonesian-born parents is a high achiever with a strong compassionate streak and has her eye on studying human rights law at UWA.
The 18-year-old is awaiting university offers but with outstanding results following the 2014 WACE exams, her academic future is bright – she achieved a General Exhibition, Certificate of Commendation, Certificate of Distinction and Course Exhibition (Religion and Life) and a Certificate of Distinction (English).
“I’ve always wanted to help others,” the former member of Santa Maria’s social justice club said.
A champion of the underdog, Jessica believes many people don’t understand the struggles of refugees and other minorities due to ignorance caused by them being illinformed.
She hopes to find better ways to help educate populations about social justice issues.
And her tip for study success is to be organised, adding that stress would creep in only if she didn’t plan her workload.
Born in Brisbane but a resident of Indonesia before arriving in Manning a decade ago, Jessica volunteers at Identity WA, a support organisation in Kensington for people with disability, and at Fremantle’s St Patrick’s Community Support Centre.
Just one local school was ranked in the top 10 schools for academic excellence for 2014 – Penrhos College was ranked ninth.
Several others made it on the top 50 table, which is based on the number of Stage 3 course enrolments in schools where a WACE course score of 75 or above was achieved – Wesley College was 14th, Aquinas College was 20th and Ursula Frayne Catholic College was 29th.
Three local students who attend Perth Modern School made it into the 99 Club after scoring an Australian Tertiary Ad- mission Rank of 99 or above – Jamin Wu, of Waterford, scored the state’s highest rank of 99.95, Adehlia Ebert, of Kensington, scored 99.8 and Aleksandra Markovic, of Kensington, scored 99.4.
Jessica Sidi, of Manning, is a high achiever with a bright future.