BUTLER resident Joanna-Louise Alexandre is a finalist in the 2016 WA Youth Awards in the Commissioner for Children and Young People Participate category.
The 17-year-old, who finished school this year and is hoping to get a job in radio or hospitality because she loves talking and interacting with people, is a dedicated poet, debater, performer, mentor and volunteer.
During her final high school year, Miss Alexandre was a student council member working with younger student groups to address issues within the school, such as equality for LGBTI students.
She attended Belridge Secondary College where she took part in charity events supporting children’s cancer research.
While at the college she was part of its fashion and design and netball academies.
Studying English Literature at school helped spark her interest in poetry and led to her doing some open-mic sessions at the Perth Poetry Club before she was offered a 10-minute time slot, which she was paid for although she admitted she liked it so much she would have performed her poetry for free.
She has also had a poem published.
Outside of school, she plays, umpires, coaches and volunteers at the Butler Netball Club.
She has also played for the Joondalup Netball Association and the West Coast Regionals.
Now that her schooling is over she wants to have more time to put into netball coaching and hopes her certificate II in hospitality can maybe help her get a job where she can impress with her barista skills.