DVSS stu­dent pre­sented Duke of Ed­in­burgh Award

The Drumheller Mail - - NEWS - Pa­trick Ko­lafa The Drumheller Mail

A Drumheller area youth will be in Cal­gary this Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 28 to re­ceive the Sil­ver Duke of Ed­in­burgh Award.

DVSS stu­dent Liam McDougald will be ac­cept­ing the award from Her Hon­our Lt. Gover­nor of Al­berta Lois E. Mitchell. He will be among 25 Al­berta young peo­ple be­tween the ages of 14 and 25 to re­ceive the hon­our.

The Award’s aim is to ed­u­cate and mo­ti­vate youth, ages 14 to 25, to be­come well-rounded cit­i­zens equipped with in­valu­able life skills by ex­plor­ing their po­ten­tial, tak­ing on new chal­lenges, giv­ing back to their com­mu­ni­ties, and achiev­ing suc­cess. It is a non-aca­demic, self-di­rected pro­gram based on ex­pe­ri­en­tial learn­ing, ac­cord­ing to a press re­lease.

“I worked for prob­a­bly a year for all the re­quire­ments for it,” Liam tells The Mail.

Drumheller has seen re­cip­i­ents at all merit lev­els in­clud­ing five last spring awarded by His Royal High­ness Prince Ed­ward.

Liam has been ac­tive in the com­mu­nity for many years through 4H, and school and com­mu­nity sports. When he learned of the awards, he rec­og­nized that he could ac­tu­ally get credit for many of the ac­tiv­i­ties he was cur­rently in­volved.

For his bronze medal, his ad­ven­ture was the Two Wheel View Bad­lands to Banff Bike trip. For his Sil­ver medal, his trip to Europe to play hockey al­lowed him to qual­ify.

He says he has be­gun work­ing on his gold medal.

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