MORE than 100 youngsters from Hastings and 1066 Country were praised for their work towards Duke of Edinburgh awards.
East Sussex County Council organised the glitzy ceremony at the Phoenix Arts Centre and invited all the local young people who took part.
And the event attracted more than 100 locals, aged between 14 and 24, who successfully completed activities ranging from animal welfare to canoeing expeditions.
Among the pupils receiving plaudits were students from Bexhill High, Helenswood School, William Parker School and Filsham Valley School.
And together they took home a treasure trove of accolades, including 88 Bronze Awards, five Silver Awards, and 68 section certificates - which are milestones achieved on the way to getting a full award.
In order to qualify, those involved had to commit to a minimum of six months’ development in their chosen category to obtain a Bronze Award, and 12 months for a Silver Award.
They were presented with their prizes by mountaineer Cliff Dargonne, who has scaled the world’s seven highest peaks. He also gave an inspiring talk about his ascents of Mount Everest and Antarctica’s Vinson Massif and encouraged the award winners to aim high in life.
Councillor Meg Stroude, head of children at the local authority, said: “These awards highlight the commitment and skills these young people have demonstrated over the past year.
“They are all making very valuable contributions to their local community, which I’m sure they will carry with them into later life. They should be very proud and I cannot praise them highly enough.”
Anyone interested in finding out more about the Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards programme in Hastings should contact Steve Border via email at email@example.com or visit www.dofe.org.