Hamilton Hill teen claims Perth Airport Achiever Awards win


Jess Leone accepting her award from Child Protection Minister Simone McGurk at the Perth Airport Achiever Awards. Picture: Department for Child Protection and Family Support
Jess Leone accepting her award from Child Protection Minister Simone McGurk at the Perth Airport Achiever Awards. Picture: Department for Child Protection and Family Support

A HAMILTON HILL teen has proven herself a shining example of how hard work and persistence can pay off.

Jess Leone (18) took home the Registered Training Achiever gong from the 2017 Perth Airport Achiever Awards in March.

The awards assist young people in care or those that have left care to further their education and training.

Ms Leone, who is currently studying fitness, has her sights set on studying nutrition and running her own gym, a dream that seemed a world away just a few years ago.

“Coming into Year 11, I lost motivation and I had a couple of family things going on,” she said.

“I was failing first term and my head wasn’t in.”

Ms Leone, with the help of her family and the Department for Child Protection and Family Support, got back on track to record a solid ATAR score of 86.3.

Her message to others in a similar situation was to “keep your chin up”.

“You have to keep pushing,” she said.

“Try to have a goal in mind, no matter how big it is, and stick to it.”

Ms Leone said finding someone you can trust and be accountable to can help.

“Have someone challenge you,” she said.

“It will be hard but it will become a habit you will eventually want to continue.”

Ms Leone was one of 25 young people rewarded for their efforts at the awards night.