A DETERMINED teenager from Callands faced more challenges than most while studying at Warrington Collegiate.

But Jessica Dixon, who was studying at the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy (PJEA), refused to give up and is now celebrating after receiving the Inspirational Student 2014 Award at her graduation ceremony at Freemasons’ Hall in London.

Despite suffering from a serious illness, which caused her to miss three months at the start of the course, the 19-year-old achieved a triple distinction star.

She said: “I feel extremely privileged to receive the award. It is a huge honour of which I am very proud.

“My Journey at the PJEA, despite being a struggle, has taught me never to give up.”

Jessica, who recently completed an 80 foot drop abseil from the college roof for charity, was nominated for the award by her fellow students and teachers after they saw how dedicated she was to her studies despite the numerous setbacks.

Jessica’s Mum, Lesley Dixon and sister, Amy Dixon, were full of praise for Jessica.

Lesley said: "After everything Jessica has been though over the last 10 months, from being 85 per cent paralysed, to learning to walk, talk and hold a pen, we are extremely proud of her efforts.

“Against all odds she achieved the distinction star she worked so hard for."

Jess’ winning streak could be set to continue after she was also nominated by Warrington Collegiate for the National Association of Colleges Student of the Year Award 2014.

Steve Lawrence, Jessica’s learning mentor at Warrington Collegiate described her as ‘a shining example and role model to others’.