Miss Maine Honored in Alabama | People
Miss Maine 2011, Julia Furtado, traveled to Birmingham, Alabama the last weekend in April where she and other Duke of Edinburgh Award winners were honored during several planned events. After her arrival on Friday, April 27, the guests were treated to a Southern Barbeque. On Saturday, April 28, 2012, Julia met HRH The Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex and youngest son of Queen Elizabeth, during a Southern Garden Party and tea. Robert Bentley, Governor of Alabama, and Miss America 2012, Laura Kaeppeler, also participated in the festivities.
On Saturday, Julia was not only a guest but also a special performer at the black tie gala, singing an operatic piece “O Mio Babbino Caro” by Giacomo Puccini. She had the opportunity to speak to the many sponsors of the event and HRH The Prince Edward during the six-course meal. Of course, the Prince and Julia talked much about soccer since Julia traveled to Europe as part of a semi-professional soccer team!
Prince Edward is the most active member of the royal family for the Duke of Edinburgh Award, which is named for his father. At the Miss America Pageant in January, Julia received a Duke of Edinburgh Award, which demonstrates activities in four areas: community service, special skills (talent), physical fitness, and adventurous journey (environment and teamwork).
The Duke of Edinburgh Award is an exciting, self-development program available to all young people worldwide equipping them with life skills to make a difference to themselves, their communities, and the world. To date over seven million people from over 132 countries have been motivated to undertake a variety of voluntary and challenging activities.
The Award began in 1956 in the UK but has spread across the globe, and the fundamental philosophy and the Four Section operational format have proven resilient, attractive, and adaptable to many cultures, languages, and climate. The Award remains as relevant today as ever before and experiences record levels of interest each year. Last year, more than 140,000 participants earned a Bronze, Silver, or Gold Award.
For more information about the Miss Maine Scholarship Program, visit www.missmaine.org.
For more information about the Duke of Edinburgh Award, visit www.usaward.org.