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Grethe Andersen '19 to receive Gold Duke of Edinburgh's Award at Buckingham Palace in May


Congratulations to Grethe Andersen '19 who will receive her Gold Duke of Edinburgh's Award at Buckingham Palace on May 22. Grethe achieved both her Bronze and Silver Awards while she was a student at TASIS The American School in England. Although Grethe moved back to the United States at the beginning of her junior year, she was determined to complete her Gold Award here in the US. To make that happen, Grethe was grateful to have retained the support of not only her advisor in the UK but also that of her American Triathlon Coach, Sunrise Assisted Living, King School, and especially Mr. Galanopoulos, who served as one of her assessors.

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award was founded by Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh in 1956. According to The Duke of Edinburgh's Award website, "the Award Concept is one of individual challenge. It presents to young people a balanced, non-competitive program of voluntary activities, which encourages personal discovery and growth, self-reliance, perseverance, responsibility to themselves, and service to their community." The Award program is designed around four sections: community service, physical fitness, skill development, and adventurous journey. At the Gold level, participants must do an additional fifth residential section, which involves staying and working away from home for five days, doing a shared activity.

Grethe completed all four sections of the Award as well as undertook a residential component in Cambodia. Grethe's adventurous journey was an 165 kilometer hiking expedition across Wales. Grethe, and her fellow recipients, will be presented with the Gold Duke of Edinburgh's Award in one of the Royal palaces in London in the presence of a member of the Royal family.

"I have been working on my Duke of Edinburgh's Award since the 9th grade, and it has taken me four years to move through all the levels (bronze, silver, and gold). I've met a lot of great people throughout the process and and I'm thankful to my advisor from my old school, Ms. Jordy, and also thankful for the support of Mr. Galanopoulos, who was my assessor for the skills portion on my Gold. I had never done Model UN before, and his mentorship was extremely helpful. It feels great to have accomplished my gold," adds Grethe. The entire King community congratulates Grethe on this amazing accomplishment.