COLO High School students Ben Sherratt and Mitchell Lowe were recognised at a ceremony at Government House this month for achieving Gold Duke of Edinburgh International Awards.
The duo were presented their certificates by His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley, Governor of New South Wales.
The Gold Award requires a high level of commitment and dedication by participants over a 12-18 month period and consists of five sections. Students must regularly undertake a skill, community volunteering, physical recreation as well as team-based adventurous journeys.
An extra section is required for the Gold Award whereby participants must spend four nights away from home on a shared project.
Mitchell said completing his Gold Duke of Edinburgh award was one of the highlights of his high school years.
“Although challenging at times, I learned that we all have a little in reserve to help us through when we need it. During the program, I learned new skills, challenged myself physically, and learned the valuable role of volunteering in our community. Looking back, my best memories are of the hikes and the friendships forged along the way,” he said.
Ben said the award helped him develop a heightened sense of leadership and teamwork skills in what was, at times, a challenging environment.
“It also assisted me in moving out of my comfort zone, and compelled me to take initiative in every aspect of my life, whether it be personal or professional,” he said.