More than 150 people came together to celebrate 75 young people’s outstanding achievements.
The pupils were being honoured after achieving gold Duke of Edinburgh Awards earlier this year.
The presentation was held at The Hilton Avisford Park Hotel in Arundel.
Michael Prior, 25 from Chichester, said: ‘The more you say “yes” to opportunities, the more you can create your own unique journey.
‘If you behave with determination and resilience, you can achieve anything.
‘DofE helps you achieve your potential – it’s more than a qualification as it shows you have something that most people don’t have.’
The awards aims to give young people, aged between 14 and 24, the chance to develop skills for life and transitioning into work.
Peter Evans, county council cabinet member for Children – Start of Life said: ‘It is wonderful to see young people achieving the ultimate DofE award – gold – and to recognise their accomplishments.’