Ryan’s gold date at St James Palace with the Duke of Edinburgh to get top award

Ryan Jenkins had a date at St James Palace in London to receive his Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in the presence of The Duke of Edinburgh himself.

The Louth student joined other young achievers from across the UK in the prestigious setting of the palace.

He achieved his Gold award at King Edward VI Grammar School.

Ryan woprked tirelessly through the five section sof his D of E programe over 12 months to achieve his Godl award.

His diverse activities included working with the combined cadet force at the grammar school and achieving the rank of Warrant Officer for his service section.

He also achieved marksmanship status in his skills section working with rifles again with the Combined Cadet Force.

He spent many hours at the gym and was committed to achieving his physical section of the Gold award.

He spent four days in the Cheviot Hills navigating from Wooler to Alwinton over various types of terrain.

This inlcuded camp craft and the care of the other team members.

He had a week at Beckingham Training Camp doing his Senior Cadet Instructors Course as part of his residential section for the award.

Ryan said: “Doing the D of E awards has given me the confidence to go on and achieve many more opportunities in my life. It has been a great experience doing all three awards. I learnt a lot from doing them.”

The presentation of certificates at St James Palace with the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award patron Prince Philip was a fitting culmination to mark the hard work, determination and perseverance required.