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Charel Wohl - Gold 

I am Charel Wohl and I participated twice at the Contest for young Scientists in Luxembourg with a project about ’Defence of Garlic Against Herbivory and Heavy Metals’. Following this I participated at prestigious international contests, like EUCYS 2011 and LIYSF 2011. I won a silver medal for scientific thinking at INESPO in 2012. At the same time I did my Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award as a direct entrant.

I recently accepted an offer onto an amazing PhD project. During the PhD I will take measurements of trace organic gases in both polar seas, my first steps on the training path of becoming a Polar Researcher.

Application for this project was ignited by the amazing collaboration between the Mérite Jeunesse and Jonk Fuerscher in Luxembourg. I took the adventure spirit and resourcefulness thought by the Mérite Jeunesse and the research skills to be found at Jonk Fuerscher, extrapolated both and ended up with this.

I would like to tell you this, because the fruits of the work of the Mérite Jeunesse and Jonk Fuerscher are not always directly visible as they produce no direct net value. However both are wonderful programs, that plant ideas in the mind of young people and build their characters. Ultimately this has a tremendous effect on society and the world as a whole. These people are doing lots of good.


Shayan Monadjemi - Bronze

Shayan is a student at the Athénée de Luxembourg. During the evening of the Award Ceremony 2017 he presented the activities he completed for his Sport and Skill Sections. Basket Ball was his choice regarding the Sport Section. Shayan joined a team which was playing its first season. He explained that they were losing all the games but it didn’t feel that bad, as his trainer said “If you lose, you get better”. The team is still playing and according to Shayan the most important thing in Basketball is perseverance, confidence and team-work!

As to his Skill activity, Shayan immediately knew that it would be theater. He had already been taking classes for about 10 years and during the ceremony he proudly stated that theater is his passion. This talent of Shayan was well visible to the public as he managed to bring emotions into his presentation (mainly fun) and he presented in a very confident manner.



Shadi Monadjemi - Bronze

Shadi is a student at the Athénée de Luxembourg. At the occasion of the Award Ceremony 2017, she presented her Service activity, as well as her Adventurous Journey experience.

For her Service, Shadi volunteered in Baha’i Children’s class, in which she helped 7 young participants between the age of 8-13 to apply principles as truthfulness, generosity and love. They danced and sang together, painted and did lots of other amusing activities together.

Shadi’s Adventurous Journey experience was exciting. She, her brother and some friends went in October on their expedition, so it was a bit cold but luckily sunny!

The journey brought them through Thillsmillen, Strassen, Simmerschlass, Hearebesch and Septfontaine. Shadi and her brother Shayan were both already very active and engaged before they started their Mérite but they said that they appreciate it a lot that thanks to the programme they get a recognition for it!



 Duke of Edinburgh's International Award