by Jennifer Martens, Duke of Ed Student Ambassador
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (Duke of Ed.) program encourages young people to connect with others, give back to their communities, engage in physical activities, and gain important life lessons. There are three tiers that students must complete if they wish to complete the Duke of Ed. program; Bronze, Silver and Gold. Throughout high school, students participate in the program to gain volunteer experience, new skills, participate in sports activities and go on an adventurous journey that challenges them to step outside of their comfort zone, while developing their expedition leadership skills. The Duke of Edinburgh program has allowed me to try new activities and meet new people and has enhanced my resiliency and collaboration skills. My Award journey has been an amazing, unforgettable experience!
On Thursday, June 9th Elmwood celebrated the achievements of this year’s Bronze (22), Silver (9) and Gold (1) Award recipients at the annual Duke of Edinburgh’s Award ceremony. It was a wonderful ceremony that featured the Award candidates speaking about the challenges and highlights that they faced while completing their unique expeditions, and acknowledgements of the efforts put forth by the Duke of Ed. Student Ambassadors. The candidates also formally received their well-earned pins and certificates. Following the ceremony, there was a reception in the atrium where the Award recipients and guests enjoyed delicious Duke of Ed. inspired bronze, silver and gold cupcakes! We are incredibly proud of this year’s Award recipients who successfully navigated their busy workload, and unprecedented restrictions, to complete the pillars of the international Duke of Edinburgh’s Award program. The full list or recipients is below.
Bronze Award Recipients
Sarah Di Silvestro
Silver Award Recipients
Gold Award Recipients