Jessica McMahon, from Kildare, sixth year student at St. Wolstan’s Community School, Celbridge, started school as a shy and quiet pupil. As a member and leader of ‘Pray and Play’, where children can play and sing at church, Jessica began to grow in confidence. In 2016 Jessica began volunteering with the Brownies, teaching them about camping, badge work and empowerment. As a leader Jessica plans a weekly schedule, organises games, runs badge work and encourages girls to believe in themselves. She has taught girls first aid, road safety and life skills.

Jessica also volunteers at St. Raphael’s, a residence where people born with intellectual disabilities live. Each month she visits and sings, plays games and dances with the residents. Jessica has also raised money for the Marie Keating foundation, AWARE, the Irish Girl Guides and St. Wolstan’s Community School.

Helping at school events such as bake sales and graduations, Jessica is an integral part of the school community and enjoys her role as chairperson of the student council. Jessica is also a Eucharistic minister and runs badminton clubs, the games club and the library.

“She is an exceptional young lady who has earned the respect and admiration from all members of this school community. Jessica is kind, caring and helpful nature and she always puts the needs of others before her. Jessica treats everyone with the utmost respect and she can converse easily with people of any age on a range of topics,” said Nigel Kerrigan, school Chaplain. “She is active in the local community also, always giving something to applying herself one hundred per cent. A lot of Jessica’s work goes unnoticed and she continues to stay involved as she wants to, not because she wants credit.”

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