ST John Fisher College, Bracken Ridge, Year 11 student Jessica Pinto has been selected for the prestigious University of Queensland Young Scholar Program.
Jessica will be among 220 high achieving students selected from across Queensland who will be challenged to think critically about some of the world's major issues as part of the program.
The program provides academic extension and enrichment for participants, while igniting their passion for leadership and change.
Participants are also exposed to a wide range of potential study opportunities.
Selection was based on academic excellence, leadership achievements; and the significant contribution students have made to their school or community.
Jessica was required to submit her academic reports, an endorsement letter from St John Fisher College Principal Cathy Galvin and a 300-word statement outlining her involvement within the college as well as in the wider community.
Jessica said the UQ Young Scholars Program will open her eyes to a range of opportunities and career paths.
She said the program was very competitive and sought after.
“I feel pretty overwhelmed and excited to be accepted," she said.
“I was drawn to the program because it aims to create future leaders and advocates for change, and this is something I am passionate about.
“I don't exactly know what I want to do in the future, but I know I want to help people and make a difference to the world," said Jessica.
Principal Cathy Galvin said Jessica represented and embodied the spirit of St John Fisher College and the whole college community was thrilled she had been granted such a unique opportunity.
“She demonstrates how you can balance academic rigour with compassion and care and we have no doubt she will go far- the world is her oyster".
The Young Scholar Program takes place at the UQ St Lucia campus from November 25-29.
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