Drumheller's own Jes Francis is well on her way to making a difference in the world.

The 2017 DVSS grad just won herself a Queen Elizabeth Golden Jubilee Citizenship Medal.

Francis received the award yesterday in Edmonton from Lieutenant Governor of Alberta, Lois Mitchell.

"It was the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Citizenship Medal. So, it recognized eight students in Alberta for their active service to the community and their volunteerism," explained Francis.

A selection committee chose the recipients from Alberta High School students that had received the Premier's citizenship award.

The medal also came with scholarship money to help with university expenses.

"It came with a 5,000 dollar cheque to help pay for residence. I am at the University of Ottawa studying political science and environmental studies," continued Francis.

Francis was also awarded the Loren Scholarship in her grad year at DVSS. The scholarship included $100,000 towards her university education.

She was surprised to win the award as she graduated more than a year ago.

"High school seems like a really long time in the past. I think it was a bit of a throwback for all the recipients. We were all a little shell-shocked," she said.

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