Jessica out for jus­tice

STAR STU­DENT STRIVES TO HELP OTH­ERS

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Front Page - Michele Nu­gent

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.

Pic­ture: Bruce Hunt

Jessica Sidi, of Man­ning, is a high achiever with a bright fu­ture.

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