A determined pupil at Rydal Penrhos has been speaking after successfully completing a world-renowned youth achievement award scheme.
Jenny Johnson, an Upper Sixth Form pupil at the school, has successfully completed her Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award, and the 18-year-old found out the news late last week.
She said: “After I finished my bronze I wasn’t even sure I was going to do my silver, but I am really glad I made the decision to carry on going with it.
“I was overwhelmed when I find out I had achieved the Gold Award. Not many people manage to do this, so it is an accomplishment I am proud of.
“There were so many positives to look back on and the whole experience, in general, was very worthwhile.”
In order to achieve the accolade, Jenny had to take part in gruelling expeditions under testing conditions along with other candidates, something she stated was the “toughest” part of the course.
She will now attend a ceremony at a royal venue later this year with other successful pupils from across the country to receive her award.
“The expeditions were so hard because every day the weather was terrible and it was really testing,” added Jenny.
“The worst part was knowing you had one more night in a wet tent or another trek to make in the mud, but the support we gave each other as a group was very motivating and this really got me through some tough times.”
Jenny also spent time volunteering at Rydal Penrhos’ Prep School as part of the award, where she assisted with the Nativity Play in 2016, and also aided Year 2 with their reading tasks on a separate volunteering stint.
She said: “I would like to thank Dr Lewis for all his hard work in pushing me to achieve my goal, I am not sure I would have got through it without him.”