Class of: 2010
School: Avondale College
Scholarship Partner: Spark New Zealand
Avondale College recognise Jessica's potential for a successful future, saying 'Jessica is a top student. She consistently achieves at Excellence level even when studying at advanced levels. Jessica's teachers regard her as a student of the highest calibre, with a superb attitude, excellent work ethic and a mature approach to her studies.' As a Year 11 student in 2009, Jessica had already successfully gained NCEA Level 1 with a Merit endorsement in the previous year, and managed to achieve NCEA Level 2 with Excellence. Jessica was first in Year 11 English and second in Geography. She was also second placed in Year 12 (NCEA Level 2) Geography.
Jessica is an extremely talented performer in both singing and dancing. In 2010, she completed her Grade 6 Certificate of Merit for singing and Grade 5 theory. She has been a jazz and ballet dancer from a young age and completed Grade 6 jazz with Honours. Jessica auditioned and successfully participated in the Avondale College show in Year 11 and in Year 12 she played the lead role in 'Guys and Dolls'. She also performs in Stage Challenge and is part of the Year 12 organising committee that created and coordinated the performance. For her efforts, she was elected to be the Director of the Stage Challenge for 2011. Jessica's interest in Performing Arts led her to the Playhouse Community Theatre where she has performed in six shows outside of school time and volunteered backstage in four other shows.
Jessica studied at the University of Auckland and completed a Conjoint degree in Commerce and Science at the end of 2016 and started at Fonterra as a Business graduate in 2016.
"Jessica is an articulate, intelligent and driven young woman who is very well deserving of this award. Her maturity and conscientiousness, mixed with her can do attitude was exactly what we were looking for. Jessica truly valued all of the opportunities the First Foundation Scholarship will afford her and it was this and her well rounded personality that made her our top choice." Jyl Lind, Telecom Retail