Seventeen students from Otamatea High School were presented with their Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award by Governor General Dame Patsy Reddy at a ceremony in Auckland late last year.
The award requires participants to regularly help people in the community, get fitter through any form of physical exercise, learn a new skill and go on an adventurous journey in the outdoors.
National director Karen Ross said that after a very challenging year, they were delighted to celebrate the young people’s achievements.
“It’s been inspiring to see our award participants find creative ways of completing their award, despite the many changes Covid-19 brought last year. Many chose to help the vulnerable in their community during lockdown and forged amazing inter-generational friendships,” Karen says.
The Otamatea recipients were Nikayla Abel, Holly Renee Anderson, Mathias Damsted, Elizabeth Easterbrook, Katie Ferguson, Maggie Hames, Emma Huband, Paige Kenyon, Emma Millard, Samuel Orchard, Ocean Shadbolt, Corey Slimo, Chiannae-Jade Smart, Ewan Smith, Claude Smyth, Dietrich von Dincklage and Portia Wehi.