Vaila is a real golden girl
A TOBERMORY High School pupil has received ‘the world’s leading achievement award for young people’.
Vaila Kennedy, an S6 student from Lochaline, was presented with a gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award at the Palace of Holyroodhouse last week.
After sharing her experiences with the Earl of Wessex, Geoff Allan, author of the Scottish Bothy Bible, presented the certificates to her group.
To obtain a gold DofE Award, the successful young people will volunteer, learn a skill, get fit, take part in a week-long residential project and plan and undertake an expedition in wild country.
Speaking about her DofE experience, Vaila said: ‘I have thoroughly enjoyed participating in the DofE scheme. My gold expedition in Snowdonia was my most challenging experience.
‘I would like to thank everyone who has supported me, especially Morvern Community Trust, and people who have taken the time to write my assessors’ reports. I am very grateful. Today has been a very special day.’
DofE programmes allow young people aged 14-24 to develop skills for life and work, such as confidence, commitment and team working.
There are currently more than 300,000 young people taking part in a DofE programme across the UK.
Vaila is presented with her award by Geoff Allan.