We are so proud of the great achievements our Gold Awardees have accomplished in completing their awards. The Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award shows determination and persistence, as well as helping to create lifelong memories and skills for our participant’s future endeavours. It’s great to see the hard work and determination of our Awardees and Excellence and Innovation Award finalists recognised in local papers across the state. Take a look at all the stories and mentions so far!

Ferntree Gully/ Belgrave Mail- Bryanna Mischler- ‘Golden Girl of Duke’

St. Margaret’s School Graduate, Bryanna Mischler’s Gold Award success landed her the front cover of her local paper!

Her positive attitude towards achieving her Gold Award and numerous outstanding experiences were highlighted in an interview and photo with the ‘Golden Girl’.

I was able to participate in mountain bike riding, scuba diving in Sorrento and horse riding camps which I would not have been able to do without the Duke of Ed.

Check out the story here: 'Golden girl of Duke'

Geelong Advertiser- Francoise Hill, Maddison Smith & Lucy Moore- ‘Geelong students win Award Gold’

The Geelong College and Geelong Grammar School students were published earlier this week after receiving their Gold Award certificates. Maddison Smith and Francoise Hill held their awards with pride, as they were snapped for their great achievements. Check out those grins!

Lucy Moore says the award has taught her about commitment and self-exploration. “Doing the award has broadened my horizons and I learnt a great deal about myself.”

Read about the girls experience here: 'Geelong students win award gold'

Maribyrnong Star Weekly- Kirsten Armstrong-‘Selfless teen wins Duke’s gong’

The Footscray City college student has achieved great things in her community, as well as being the first participant from her school to complete the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award!

Kirsten has been inspired to pursue a career in the disability sector thanks the volunteer work she undertook during her Gold Award.

“Achieving so much in the community, expanding my skills and building leadership abilities has given me the confidence to follow my goals.”

Read Kirsten’s story here: 'Selfless teen wins Duke's gong'

The Weekly Review Eastern, Antonia, Jared, Jessica & Mikaela, ‘Young leaders get a special nod’

These four young Box Hill High School students have achieved amazing results, supporting the Duke of Edinburgh program at their school.

Antonia, Jared, Jessica and Mikaela were finalists for the Youth Award Leadership category of the 2014 Excellence and Innovation Awards.Their teacher, Martin Jellinek nominated the students for their outstanding efforts during Dukes Week- a celebration of the awards and recognize the achievements of all Dukes participants.

Check out more here: 'Young leaders get a special nod'

We have also listed the many other mentions and stories that were published about our fantastic Gold Awardees and Excellence and Innovation Award finalists:

Gold Awardees:

Excellence and Innovation Awards:

There are still many stories being published in the next couple of weeks so stay in the loop! We will be sharing them all as we find them.

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