Y13 Laura to receive two Royal Awards

Two National Royal Awards for Laura

Year 13 student and Brighouse District explorer scout Laura Watson will attend two royal engagements in the next two months having achieved two top national youth awards.

Laura has achieved her Gold Duke of Edinburgh award which will be presented at St James's Palace, London next month by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh and HRH Prince Edward to celebrate and recognise Laura's achievements. Laura has also achieved her Queen's scout award, the highest award in scouting, which will be presented at the national St George's Day parade at Windsor castle in April.

Laura has worked tirelessly for several years to complete both awards. Her diverse activities included developing her photography skills with her work being displayed at the Smith Art Gallery and Batley Art College, participating in aquafit, volunteering as a young leader at Rastrick St Matthew's Scout Troop, undertaking a four day expedition in the Yorkshire dales with other young people from Calderdale and travelling to New York as part of her residential experience which included visits to the Statue of Liberty and Ground Zero. Throughout both awards Laura was able to prove herself to be a great team member, gaining confidence and improving her decision making skills.

Laura stated "I have thoroughly enjoyed these experiences which have enabled me to participate in many activities and make lots of new friends whilst developing my life skills. I would thoroughly recommend young people to join the scouting movement to experience life changing opportunities."

Laura is currently applying to university to become a primary school teacher and believes that these awards have provided her with a wealth of transferable skills which would be invaluable to the role.

Congratulations Laura - we hope you enjoy your two special days!

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