Melissa Johns named amongst JCI Top Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World

Last month we wrote that Winterson’s actress, Melissa Johns, had been shortlisted for a Junior Chamber International (JCI) Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World Award 2018. Winterson’s is now delighted to announce that Melissa has WON her place on the Top Ten list of global Honourees after almost 25,000 worldwide votes were cast!

Speaking on Twitter, Melissa Said: “Woke up to this. I am speechless. Officially selected as one of JCI’s Outstanding Young Persons of the World. Thank you to everyone for the support. There are so many that deserve this title. I wouldn’t be where I am without the OUSTANDING people around me.”

Everyone at Winterson’s is extremely proud of Melissa and the recognition she has received, especially having witnessed firsthand the work she has undertaken throughout the industry in helping to inspire others. The judging panel had this to say about their winner:

“Despite being born with only one arm, from a young age Melissa Johns was driven to be an actor. Overcoming many barriers to succeed in her chosen field, Johns has dedicated herself as an ambassador for individuals just like her. After working in a children’s ward at The Royal Free hospital school in London, she discovered her ability to relate to and encourage young people facing the same self-doubt she once did. This discovery led her to launch the Quite Frankly Theater and co-found the TripleC organization that uses theater- and drama-based workshops to create diverse opportunities for young performers. Committed to creating impact, the message she conveys throughout her workshops is for young people to never hide what makes them different, because it is their differences that make them unique. Dedicated to overcoming the taboo of being disabled and in the limelight, she has started conversations and utilized her experiences to be a community advocate for equality.”

The awards ceremony will take place at an exclusive event at the JCI World Congress in Goa, India later on this year, and you can find out more about the organisation here.