Issue 9 - 1 October 2012 enews home

Student wins award for busy balanced life

By Patrick Nelson

Online student Jessica Webb ... recognised for her commitment to academia and the community

A Charles Darwin University student in regional South Australia has won a national excellence award.

Port Lincoln’s Jessica Webb was one of 13 university students from around Australia to win a PricewaterhouseCoopers Student Experience Award, in recognition of her commitment to academia and the community.

Organisers received entries from 600 applicants, of which about 100 were invited to provide a video presentation of their achievements.

“We had two minutes to give an outline of what we do in our community,” Jessica said.

She is on target to complete a Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (Preservice) program next year. She also works part time for a disability service, serves on the board of directors for a youth and homeless service, does mentoring work at local schools and is a committee member of a local charity.

Jessica is also president of the Port Lincoln and District Softball Association, and to keep fit, she plays, umpires and coaches netball, softball and touch. She was crowned 2012 ambassador for the Tunarama regional festival, and last year raised a record $41,000 for a local charity.

“It was a great honour to be recognised not just for my studies, but also for my community work,” she said.

As part of the prize, Jessica was flown to Sydney where the winners took part in development sessions on community involvement, leadership, values and personal development.

They also climbed the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

“I’m afraid of heights, but once we got up there the view was brilliant,” she said.