Pershore Sixth Form student, James Rowberry (18) from Wyre Piddle is going to South Africa for a two week expedition starting on the 11th July. He will be taking part in an environmental awareness programme, learning about the country’s history and working with local schools on a community project.
The Duke of Westminster Award aims to reward those CVQO learners who have not only excelled at their youth group commitments, but gone over and above by helping others around them or those who have overcome personal challenges.
The award is split up into different selection stages through which the candidates are filtered down; this year, there was a record number of nominations in the first stage. Those who get past the initial selection into the top sixty then complete their own application by answering a few simple questions.
From these sixty, thirty were chosen to take part in a selection event in Somerset. This is a fantastic opportunity to have a go at different team challenges such as strategy tests and presentations. Candidates on the course also had the chance to begin an ILM Level 3 qualification in Leadership and Management. The final selection was made by CVQO staff after the thirty potential candidates had handed in their completed ILM.
The top ten candidates were then selected for the opportunity of a lifetime. On Thursday 29th June the finalists have been invited to a ceremony at the House of Lords where one person will be selected as the overall winner of the Duke of Westminster Award 2017. Each cadet can take two family members and a representative from their cadet unit.
James said: “I am grateful to CVQO for this opportunity and cannot wait for this expedition of a lifetime to begin!”