On September 19, 2018, His Royal Highness, Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, attended the Duke of Edinburgh Award Gala where four of our very own Clemente students, Cayla Chico, Hana Ellis, Justin Cruz, and Jose Rodriguez were invited to attend due to their work in the Award program. The students joined the Award Program through the Union League Boys and Girls Clubs in 2017 and have been working at obtaining the first tier Bronze Level Award. Cayla and Hana were given an additional opportunity to play court tennis, a unique form of tennis that uses a heavier ball played in a specially designed indoor court with HRH Prince Edward at the Chicago Racquet Club. Justin and Jose were able to meet HRH Prince Edward at the Westtown Bike shop in Humboldt Park, where they illustrated the work they do on bikes for the community.
During the formal gala, Cayla Chico was invited to give a speech for His Royal Highness and the Gala guests. She was able to share her experiences participating in the Award and explain how it gave her the opportunity to spend time in nature where she experienced the stars at night for the first time. Congratulations Duke of Edinburgh Award Participants!