Hannah is a diligent young lady who will be entering year 12 at Girrawheen Secondary College in 2018. She will be continuing with her ATAR subjects for year 12 in the hope of entering University in 2019.
Hannah is from a migrant family and lives with her parents and siblings in Marangaroo. Her father lost his job in June of this year, and this has led to things becoming increasingly harder for the family finances. With English, not being Hannah’s father’s native tongue, his search for re-employment has been difficult. Hannah has a casual job in retail but struggles with needing the hours to help support her family and also having enough time to dedicate to her studies.
Apart from the current challenging situation in Hannah’s family her other greatest challenge was having to change schools in 2016. She struggled to adjust to the different expectations, the new classmates and teachers. This led to a decline in her grades and she began to lose focus and determination to improve. This all changed when her school showed belief in her abilities and selected her for ATAR streams for year 11. While her results aren’t quite where she knows they need to be she is working hard and is proud of what she has managed to achieve thus far.
Hannah was given the opportunity to be selected for the state finals netball tournament in 2015 for her previous school Ashdale Secondary School. This experience she credits as teaching her valuable skills such as hard work, team work and listening.
Hannah has committed to advocate for the YAL by encouraging others to reach for their dreams and not be shackled by their financial situation.