Saagar Arya of Abbotsford receives his Duke of Edinburgh Award from B.C. Lt.-Gov. Janet Austin. (Submitted photo)

Saagar Arya of Abbotsford receives his Duke of Edinburgh Award from B.C. Lt.-Gov. Janet Austin. (Submitted photo)

Abbotsford student receives Duke of Edinburgh Award

Saagar Arya of Yale Secondary among those honoured at recent ceremony

A Grade 11 student of Yale Secondary in Abbotsford was among those honoured at the recent Duke of Edinburgh Award Ceremony.

Saagar Arya was awarded a silver pin and certificate by Lt.-Gov. Janet Austin on May 12 at Government House in Victoria.

Arya was recognized for his exemplary leadership qualities, volunteering activities, and his active lifestyle while helping others and keeping good grades.

Arya is involved in his school’s Key Club and theatre productions and is a second-degree black belt in martial arts.

He comes from a family of doctors, and is always looking to help others and the environment.

Arya plans to attend the University of B.C. after he graduates.

The Duke of Edinburgh Award is an internationally recognized program with the goal of challenging, empowering and recognizing young people between the ages of 14 and 24.

With guidance from award leaders, assessors or other award volunteers, each young person is encouraged to set and complete challenges in four different sections – community service, skill building, physical recreation and adventurous journey.

There are three levels to the award – bronze, silver and gold – and participants have until their 25th birthday to complete their challenges.