Jessica Lohmann receives Governor General's Academic Medal
On Friday, June 3, Red Deer College celebrated its 52nd Convocation ceremonies. Throughout the day, outstanding students were recognized for their exceptional contributions to academics and to the community.
During RDC’s afternoon Convocation ceremony, the Governor General’s Academic Medal (Collegiate Bronze Level) was presented to Jessica Lohmann. She is the RDC student who had the highest academic standing this year after completing the final year of a diploma-level post-secondary program.
“The Governor General’s Academic Bronze Medal represents outstanding scholarly achievement that speaks to dedication and hard work on the part of the student,” says Dr. Paulette Hanna, Vice President, Academic. “It is a privilege to see a deserving student be presented with this Award each year, and Jessica Lohmann’s academic record sets her apart, making her a worthy recipient of this medal.”
Jessica Lohmann has planned for a career in accounting from the day she was accepted to Red Deer College, and her choice has served her well. Originally from Rimbey, Alberta, Jessica started at the College in 2014 in the Business Administration Diploma program, with a major in Accounting.
Her interest in accounting first began when she was in the 10th grade and a career test identified accountancy as one of her top choices. Her mother is also an RDC Alumna, graduating with a Diploma in Accounting, and Jessica recognizes that her mother’s positive experience was another factor in helping her to choose this career path.
Two years into her education, Jessica has graduated from her diploma program, earning seven A+ grades and an overall GPA of 4.0. Jessica is honoured to be recognized with the Governor General’s Academic Medal for her high academic achievement. She also values the experience and knowledge that she has gained by tutoring her peers through Red Deer College’s peer tutoring program, and she can attest to the fact that a person truly learns best by teaching.
Jessica’s education is not yet complete, as she has chosen to continue at RDC this fall in the Business Administration Degree program, majoring in Accounting. Once she completes her degree, she intends to pursue her Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation.
For Jessica, her ultimate goal – after receiving her CPA – is to own her own accounting firm or to become a partner at one of the firms in her hometown. Having grown up on a livestock farm in the Rimbey area, she is looking forward to combining her experience in agriculture with her professional training as an accountant, to become an agricultural accountant in the rural area she grew up in.