Vaila is a real golden girl

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

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.

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