DEDICATED Duke of Edinburgh Award youngsters picked up their certificates at a ceremony in Spalding.
A total of 11 students in the South Holland Group have achieved the top gold award this year – two from Spalding Grammar School and an impressive nine from Spalding High School.
Pupils from both schools and the St Guthlac School also achieved silver and bronze awards and many collected their certificates from Dr Cath Hamblin at a presentation evening at Spalding Grammar School.
The Duke of Edinburgh Award committee’s Peter Kite said that the award is one of the best ways for young people to stand out from the crowd when applying for jobs and universities.
Mr Kite said: “It really is one of those things that stands out on your CV.
“When the kids go for interviews they have got so much to talk about – they have done a skill, given a service, followed a physical discipline and have gone through all the challenges of the expedition.”