Being one of the nine students selected in the JSR-Harapan Bali Student Exchange 2013 poses a special happiness and pride for Ika Devi. This grade IX G student of the SMPK Harapan Denpasar junior high school left Bali for Perth, precisely to John Septimus Roe Anglican Community School. Ika is short name for the teenager having the full name I Gusti Ayu Jesika Sita Devi N. She will be in Perth from October 21 to November 15, 2013. Ika flew to Perth with eight other students namely Ethan (SMPK Harapan Denpasar), Hendra & Indah (SMK II Harapan), Rivaldo & Kezia (SMPK II Harapan), Theresa & Indra (SMAK I Harapan) and Rias Narayansi (SMK I Harapan). Ika and her friends were led by the Principal of SMPK I Harapan, Yuli Arthini, accompanied by supervising teacher, Retny Asriyani.
“I am very happy to be selected for this program. Thanks to God for His blessings so that I could pass the selection and was selected to represent the SMPK I Harapan for the fourteenth student exchange program. Similarly, I express my gratitude to school that has given this valuable opportunity to the students of Harapan and my family who always supports me,” said Ika where in Perth she would be dancing and teaching Balinese dance, sing and teach about the Balinese culture in particular and Indonesian culture in general at the school where she studied. Additionally, Ika said the school had provided all the needs related to the activities in Perth, including the residence, departure charges and other facilities.
Ika was very proud to be a student of the Harapan due to very good discipline applied at the school located on Jalan Raya Sesetan. The daughter of Dewi Yulianti who was a teacher at the SMK Harapan Denpasar in 2000 admitted to choose the SMPK Harapan for a myriad of school achievements. Currently Ika also belonged to a team member of the school flag raiser and had managed to become the third winner in the Denpasar parade competition of SMAK I Harapan vocational school and third runner up in the Bali parade competition held by SMAN 5 Denpasar.
The main provision of her flying to Perth was certainly the ability to speak English, in addition to the ability to dance as well as the knowledge of the Indonesian art and culture. To expedite her English skill, Ika always conversed in English either at home or in socializing with her friends via the internet. This sister of I Gusti Bagus Krisma Surya Deva N said that humility was the main stock in living every activity she undertook. It was the success of Ika Devi in the JSR Perth and the success of Harapan School that always gave the opportunities to their students to go international. (BTN/r)