Golden girls of Duke of Edinburgh Awards
MAYOR Norman Ayres was on hand to congratulate youngsters as they stepped forward to receive their Duke of Edinburgh awards at Ash- ford’s Highworth School. The award scheme is for young people aged between 14 and 25 and concentrates on four main areas: service, skill, physical recreation and expeditions, all designed to help personal development.
Kelly Burns, Lucy Fraser and Katherine Richie achieved the highest full gold award standard.
All three gave presentations on the night with Lucy and Kelly describing their expedition to Finland and Katherine giving an overview of her experiences helping with mentally and physically disabled adults at a residential home.
She also completed keep fit and music challenges and an expedition to Wales, while Kelly also part in fund-raising and Lucy studied religion and cycling.
A gold sectional award went to Benjamin Smith, who works as a young leader with the Scouts.
There was also praise for all the adult helpers.
Youngsters receive their Duke of Edinburgh Awards at Highworth School