A Geraldton high school student has been presented with a Duke of Edinburgh International Award for her dedication to self-improvement and service to the community. Amber Bestry, 17, was presented with a Gold Badge, the award’s most prestigious prize, by the Governor of Western Australia Chris Dawson in a ceremony at Government House in Perth last month, along with 53 other recipients. Earning a Gold Duke of Edinburgh requires a young person to show commitment to volunteering, physical activity, developing new skills, completing an outdoor expedition and completing a shared task while working away from home for five days. Amber fulfilled all the requirements of the award by volunteering with Geraldton Centacare, being school house and hub captain at Geraldton Grammar School, playing hockey and basketball, playing trumpet with the school band, learning woodwork and cooking, completing a trip to the Galena Mine on the Murchison River, and taking on a 10-day project as a chef’s mate on the volunteer-run STS Leeuwin II, all while completing her Year 12 studies. The award was founded in 1956 by the late Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, to encourage young people to be active in their community and develop themselves. Amber said it was a great honour to be recognised for her hard work and receive such a prestigious international award. “I’m really proud, it took a lot of hard work so I’m really happy,” she said. She said earning the award was a rewarding experience and encouraged other young people to push themselves. “It’s such a great achievement, people should definitely get involved if they can,” Amber said.