Award brightens rainy day for Jess

Jess Murphy was awarded as one of the top 500 achieving students in Australia.
Jess Murphy was awarded as one of the top 500 achieving students in Australia.

BEING a perfectionist has definitely paid off for one Emerald teen, as she has been named one of the top 500 achieving high school students in Australia.

Jess Murphy graduated from Emerald State High School last year and said she was absolutely stoked to know all her hard work and study was well worth it after winning $2000 for her efforts.

The award covered all state and private schools across Australia, and Jess said she would use the funds to go towards her university studies.

While the OP1 student has won her fair share of scholarships and awards over the years, she said it was a nice surprise when she heard of her latest achievement from her parents.

“They rang me and I was walking home from uni in the pouring rain so it was a nice brightener to my day,” Jess said with a laugh.

Now living in Brisbane and staying on campus at Union College, Jess is studying Pharmacy at the University of Queensland.

“It’s different to what I expected, but I definitely think I picked the right career path,” she said.

“It’s a huge change living in Brisbane, it was very hard to get used to at first but I am absolutely loving the lifestyle.”

With her academic success at a high, Jess said it was important for people to know it didn’t matter what high school students went to, whether it was in a rural or metropolitan area.

“I believe school is what you make it,” she said.

“I can’t praise my school and my teachers enough.”

The 17-year-old said she aims to finish her bachelor degree in Pharmacy before moving her way up in the business.

“Eventually I would love to own my own pharmacy business,” she said.

“I definitely think I will go back to a rural area to practice.”

Jess said her parents Sally and Peter had always been extremely supportive of her and that they were very proud of her academic success.

“They were over the moon,” she said.

“After seeing how much effort I put in over the years they were really pleased for me that it all paid off.”

And while Jess said she couldn’t put a number on the amount of hours she spent with her head in the books, she said there also quite “a few tears”.

“I’m definitely a perfectionist,” she said with a laugh.

“If I am going to do something it has to be done right – I’m very happy with the result.”

While this award came as a nice surprise for Jess, it is just a small amount compared to the $60,000 Vice Chancellors scholarship she won from the University of Queensland for academic success.

Only 24 of the scholarships are awarded worldwide each year and Jess said she was extremely excited to find out she had won one just before Christmas last year.

“It was a very nice early Christmas present,” she said.

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