A Brighouse District Explorer Scout will attend two royal engagements after achieving a pair of top national youth awards.
Laura Watson, a sixth form student at Rastrick High School, 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.
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 spent several years completing both awards. Her diverse activities included developing her photography skills with her work being displayed at the Smith Art Gallery, Brighouse, and Batley Art College; participating in aquafit; and volunteering as a young leader at Rastrick St Matthew’s Scout Troop.
She also undertook a four-day expedition in the Yorkshire Dales with other young people from Calderdale and travelled to New York as part of her residential experience which included visits to the Statue of Liberty and Ground Zero. Throughout both awards Laura proved herself to be a great team member, gaining confidence and improving her decision-making skills.
She said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed these experiences which have enabled me to participate in many activities and make lots of new friends while 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 and hopes to become a primary school teacher.