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>> welcome to "teen kids news." i'm siena. we'll start with our top story. to win any award for doing public service is an honor, but to win an award given by england's royal family -- well, that's truly a crowning achievement. kristina tells us more. >> this is the queen of england -- queen elizabeth ii. this is her husband -- his royal highness the prince philip,
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duke of edinburgh. and this is their youngest son -- his royal highness the prince edward. back in the 1950s, prince philip started the duke of edinburgh awards. its goal was to encourage young adults around the world to embrace self-improvement. over the years, millions of young adults from more than 140 countries have participated in the program. and that brings us back to prince edward. he travels the world, personally attending the award ceremonies. that's why he's here at the governor's residence in nashville, tennessee. >> it is an honor to have you here today and to welcome his royal highness the prince edward, the earl of wessex. and congratulations to all the award winners, as well. >> the award winners included students, scouts, members from boys & girls clubs, as well as teens from miss america. >> six years ago, we started this program. i've been involved for three
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years, and in that time, we've grown from one program in california, our pilot, to 30 states and the district of columbia -- over 7,000 young people taking part this year. this afternoon, we celebrate 85 recipients from tennessee -- nashville and the greater area -- who have dedicated their time, gifts, and talents to fulfilling what it requires to meet the standards of the duke of edinburgh's award. >> to qualify for an award, you have to participate in four areas... the idea is that by doing these activities, you'll make yourself a better person, while helping others at the same time. >> harrison lane. [ applause ] >> there are three award levels -- bronze, silver, and gold. >> davis luvern. [ applause ]
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>> miss america 2013 was on hand to help hand out the medals. what is the connection between the duke of edinburgh award and the miss america organization? >> well, the miss america organization is all about the empowerment of young women and our ability to kind of relate to people through community service, through physical fitness, through our style and success and scholarship dollars, and all of those things. the duke of edinburgh award is about all of those things, as well -- physical fitness, adventurous journey, and so many different aspects that help young people kind of figure out who they are and propel forward and succeed. >> there are probably more crowns here than in buckingham palace. how do you feel about that? >> i think that you are probably right, but ours are probably a little prettier. what do you think? [ laughter ] >> yes, i agree. today, i'm actually wearing two hats -- one as a reporter for "teen kids news," and the other hat... [ ding! ] ...i mean, crown -- is for being miss massachusetts outstanding teen. so for me, this is doubly exciting. that's why i'm sitting in the
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audience. i wasn't just covering the ceremony. i was one of the teens receiving an award. >> we have another bronze winner -- kristina. [ applause ] >> and so, congratulations to you all. i hope you feel that the experience has been worthwhile -- enjoyable at times, hard at times -- but that it's a good feeling now that you have come up and collected the award. and this is, of course, just the start of your journey, so i wish you all the very best of luck, and i hope that you'll help us to continue to reach out to ever more young people from all sorts of backgrounds and equip them -- like you -- to be individuals to go on and succeed in life. and whatever you do with your lives, i hope it's a fantastic success. thank you very much. [ applause ] >> i think that the duke of edinburgh award was a great way to just interact in
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your community, to get involved, and to also set goals personally for yourself. i set many goals through this activity, and so i was able to achieve them. it was a great way to keep myself in track. >> how did you get involved in your community with this award? >> i went on a camp-out retreat that cleaned up the local woods, and so we were able to pick up a lot of litter in the area and improve the quality of the woods around our location. >> what was the most memorable experience when completing this award? >> i guess the physical development. i did swimming -- did a five-mile swim. and i think the part building up to it was very difficult, and i really enjoyed it, though. >> why did you decide to go for the duke of edinburgh award? >> 'cause i wanted to be different from everyone else by winning my bronze. >> after the awards ceremony, refreshments were served outside on the lawn. his royal highness mingled with the crowd -- chatting, posing for pictures, and putting even the most awestruck at ease. >> so, are these some of your -- >> yes, we're all --
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>> did you all do this together, did you? >> yes, sir. we did. >> if i had to describe the prince in one word, i guess it would be...charming. >> it's pretty cool 'cause it's like -- i didn't think i was gonna meet him personally. i just thought i'd just get the award and that's it, but he came over there and started talking to us, and so i got to hold a conversation with royalty, and that was something really cool. like, not a lot of people can say that they talked to royalty. >> it was more than i expected, you know. i never expected that i would be able to see the prince of england. >> when we return, i get to sit down and talk with his royal highness. you won't want to miss that.
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>> we're at the governor's residence in tennessee for the duke of edinburgh awards. and i'm getting the thrill of a lifetime -- the opportunity to get up close and personal with his royal highness
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the prince edward. and yes, you heard correctly. he is officially referred to in the third person -- tprince edward -- and that's not even his full title. that's actually... but don't let the title fool you. the prince goes out of his way to not be intimidating. hello. i'm kristina. nice to meet you. >> kristina, hello. good to meet you. >> i'd be lying if i didn't admit i was still a bit nervous interviewing royalty. what is the duke of edinburgh aw-- sorry. can i start over? [ both chuckle ] >> you can do it as many times as you'd like. that's fine. >> what is a duke of edinburgh award, and why was it started? >> the award is an achievement award for young people -- probably the leading achievement award for young people -- which brings together a mixture of practical experiences, life
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skills, and is, i suppose, in a rather grand way trying to create the sort of global citizens of the world, and it was started back in the -- dare i say it? -- back in the '50s, and my father was very much part of the spread of the award into something that could function initially around great britain, and then it very quickly spread around, first the commonwealth, and then way beyond by word of mouth. and it was really about how to help young people going though school who are not motivated by academics and by academia and by studying, which -- come on -- most of us are not, are we, really? >> [ chuckles ] >> so, it was trying to work out, "so, where is your passion? what is it you might like to do?" and so, it explores young people's interests, not just in sport or physical activity, but also getting them to get involved in skills, to get involved in volunteering -- helping others less fortunate
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than themselves -- and also doing an adventurous journey -- an expedition taking them way outside their comfort zone. and hopefully, one of those areas, you're going to [snaps fingers] connect with something or open up something which you had no idea that you were interested in. >> the idea behind the award is to make a difference. please elaborate on that. >> well, i think like every program, it's "make a difference." for us, actually, what we're about really is about equipping young people for life, and life is full of challenges, and it's also full of opportunities, but if you haven't learned how to seize those opportunities and to learn how to overcome challenges, life is gonna close down on you very quickly. so the experience and the skills that you pick up as you're going through this program -- having fun doing all these things -- are the skills that you can apply, hopefully, for the rest of your life. so, whatever challenge comes along in life, you go, "okay, i can do this." >> you personally wanted to make this award available in the united states. why? >> i was quite keen that if
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americans wanted this program, that they should be given the opportunity to do it. >> did you participate in the award program as a student? >> i did. yes, many years ago, when i was at school, and since then i've never been allowed to escape. i've become a trustee, and i get involved in the international side of it, as well. i have the great privilege now of traveling around the world, meeting young people from all over the world who've gotten involved in this program and listening to their stories, as well as the amazing volunteers and adults who help them. and now the award is in 140 countries around the world and has become a huge, huge success. i mean, there are probably nearly a million young people currently participating, striving to get their bronze, silver, and gold awards. so, it's very exciting. >> if there's one message you would like people to know about the award, what would it be? >> i think the simple message is have a go. have a go. if you get the opportunity -- and we're trying to make that, you know, to more and more people to have that opportunity
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to get involved -- you know, please just have a go. it should be fun, and you should get a lot out of it. >> speaking of fun, sitting on a couch dishing with his royal highness really rocked. you don't have to have royal blood to enter the duke of edinburgh awards -- just a willingness to make a difference in yourself, your community, and maybe even the world. for more information, check out the link on our website. i'm kristina for "teen kids news." >> we'll tell you what to do about a source of air pollution that's too close for comfort.
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>> we know there's air pollution all around us, but rachel says it might be even closer than you think. >> scientists at national jewish health in colorado are studying how air pollution affects kids with asthma. they had kids carry air monitors for 24 hours a day -- outdoors and indoors. and guess what they found. >> the amount of pollution that they were being exposed to was
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higher inside the home than outside the home for many of the kids. >> that could be due to the way houses are built nowadays. to save energy, they're insulated. windows are airtight. >> at the same time, what's staying in the house is staying in the house. the problem is that a lot of air pollution is actually in the carpet or on the soft furnitures. >> that means kids like jack are trapped inside with things like dust and mold. these can trigger a dangerous asthma attack. >> sometimes i get dizzy and feel lightheaded, so then i feel like, in a way, i'm gonna pass out. >> so jack's mother is taking action to clear the air at home. she's using special filters on the vacuum and checking for dust -- even where it can not be seen. >> you never know what's underneath the carpet that you have, you know, from pets or from water damage. >> the solution is not only
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dusting and vacuuming. the experts also have a very high-tech idea. to freshen up the air, try opening up a window. >> ironically, one of the most commonly misspelled words in english is "misspelled." that might sound redundant, but it's not. the word "misspelled" is often misspelled. so that you don't make the same mistake, remember there are two s's and two l's. now you know how to spell "misspelled" correctly. >> it's a dish developed by the ancient aztecs -- easy to make and fun to eat. i'll show you how to whip up a great guacamole. ♪ america's service members and veterans are strong.
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to ensure our way of life. now, they deserve our support. find out how you can help disabled veterans in your community. visit tell you about a new medical website designed especially for older folks. website you say! i can't work on computers, they're not senior-friendly. blah, blah, blah. but the national institutes of health fixed all that. now you can make the type bigger, increase contrast, even make it talk to you. just go to and get the best medical information available anywhere. nih built with you in mind.
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>> nicole's in the kitchen getting some tips from an expert -- chef johnny prep. this week, she's learning how to make a mean guacamole. >> so, i am particularly excited about this because i love guacamole. so, what's first? >> well, first, we got to talk about avocados 'cause basically guacamole is predominantly avocados. >> mm-hmm. >> so, what you want to make sure is you buy as perfectly ripe as an avocado as you can get, or buy them underripe and let them ripen at your home, because, you know, if it's not ripe -- it's too hard -- it doesn't make good guacamole. if it's overripe, it's brown and yucky-looking, and it just doesn't make good guacamole. so, you really want to kind of feel so it's just soft. it doesn't want to be real soft, but just soft. if it starts to wrinkle and stuff, that's too ripe. if it's too hard, that's underripe. just a little pinch. these are in pretty nice shape. >> now what you got to do -- and be careful with your knife, okay? -- but you want to cut it in half, okay? >> remember, you always need your parents' permission before
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you use a take my knife and put it between my fingers like this, and then just -- >> so you don't want your fingers anywhere near it, right? >> that's exactly right, and you can actually then rotate it -- once you get your cut in, you can just rotate it like that, and it cuts it right around the pit, and then you just twist it and open it up. see how it's nice and green and soft? >> oh, that's beautiful. yeah. >> okay. now, there's different ways of getting that pit out. a lot of chefs will take a knife -- if you're gonna make guacamole, okay, where it's gonna end up being smashed up anyway, you can just take it and squeeze it and pop it out. >> [ chuckles ] >> okay? that's an easy way to do it. >> okay. >> and then you can also just take a spoon and just... >> scoop everything out? >> ...scoop right out like that. now, if the avocados are a little bit firmer, sometimes if you take them -- you just roll them like this before you cut them -- it actually makes them nice and soft and mushy, too. >> so i should roll it? >> yeah, just roll it gently. see how it softens up? >> oh, yeah. >> softens right up, doesn't it? >> mm-hmm. >> it's almost like mashing it up for you. all right, so i'm gonna let you go ahead and finish off knocking off those avocados, okay?
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>> mm-hmm. >> and i'm going to talk about how to cut an onion, because basic guacamole is gonna be just avocado with some lime or lemon juice, some salt, okay? >> mm-hmm. >> and a little bit of pepper. that's it. that's traditionally how it's served, but you also can dress it up and make it more flavorful by adding some tomato, some jalapeño, and some cilantro. >> mm-hmm. >> you can also put some finely diced onion in it, and i'm gonna show you a technique for cutting an onion. now, this is a nice refrigerated onion, which is a cool thing 'cause you know how onions kind of make you cry, you know? >> right. i don't like chopping onions because they always make me cry. >> everybody says that. if you refrigerate them, it makes them less likely to do that. >> mm-hmm. >> so, now we take the very edge of the knife, and remember how i showed where you're gonna rotate the onion, instead of pushing the knife? we're gonna just pull it in and out. >> mm-hmm. >> we're gonna cut out that part right there. we're going to leave the root end attached at the back, and
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cut it right in half. now, see that -- i put the flat side that i cut immediately down because that's the side with the juice that's gonna burn your eyes, okay? >> okay. >> now, this is already kind of peeled, but it looks like it's got a little bit of a harder surface on it, so i'm gonna take that outer layer off 'cause sometimes that's not nice. all right, so, now i have a half of an onion with the root end back here, and i'm just gonna take my knife. i'm gonna put little slits through it like this -- almost to the back, but not cutting all the way through. >> mm-hmm. >> okay. just like that. when i get to the other side, i turn it so i'm not cutting down a round slope into my hand. >> mm-hmm. that would be bad. >> and i'm gonna do one cut like that across, and then all you have to do -- it goes into a perfect dice. >> mm. wow. >> just like that. >> look how easy that looks. >> see, now, you're not crying, are you? >> no, i'm not, but i'm all the way over here. how about you? >> i'm not crying. [ laughs ] see? no, i mean, i tell you, if you do it quickly, you have a sharp knife, and you keep those
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cut sides down -- now, if i stand here for a while, i will, okay? >> mm-hmm. >> but so far, so good. all right, so, we got our avocados going here. why don't you get one more in there, and we'll get the rest of this made up. you're doing great with that. you know, you were meant to work in a kitchen. i can tell that. >> [ chuckles ] i'm trying here. >> you're doing wonderful. >> there we go. >> but you got to be careful. see that little dark thing right there? you want to pull that out. >> okay. >> okay? >> is this also part -- >> that's just a little skin. yeah, you can get that out right there. and then you just take a fork, and you just mash it, okay? >> should i do one more? >> yeah. go ahead. while i'm making the rest of this, you can do that now. >> okay. the more guacamole, the better. >> that's my motto! >> holy guacamole. and that's it. now, you can -- you know, some people like it a little bit chunkier than others. some people like it really smooth. >> mm-hmm. >> now, avocados are gonna turn brown on you really quick. they oxidize -- is the word for it. it's kind of a fancy term. >> right, how do you prevent that? >> well, you add some acid to
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it, and traditionally, in mexico, they take lime juice, and they just squeeze limes in it. >> mm-hmm. >> some people will tell you if you leave the seed in it, it keeps it from browning, and that does work a little bit. >> why is that? do you know? >> i really don't know. >> [ chuckles ] >> but i've seen it work, so i believe it. in restaurants, we'll actually use a little bit of sour cream. >> oh. >> and the sour cream not only keeps it from turning colors, it actually gives it a little lighter, brighter color, and it adds a little more flavor to it. so, that's kind of a restaurant trick. >> huh. >> okay? okay, i'm gonna season this with just a little bit of sea salt. >> mm-hmm. >> i like sea salt 'cause it's got some minerals it, and it's got a little bit more flavor. >> mm-hmm. >> we're gonna put just a little bit. we're gonna sprinkle it in there so we don't put too much in. you could add some fresh-ground black pepper right now, but we're gonna add some diced jalapeño for that pepper. >> mm-hmm. >> so i don't necessarily need to add the fresh-ground black pepper. so, i'm gonna put that finely diced -- without the seeds so they're not too hot. remember what we talked about? the pepper safety. >> mm-hmm. >> after this, i'm gonna go run to the sink and wash my hands. i'm gonna put a little bit of
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cilantro in there. i'm gonna put a little bit of finely diced tomato in there. >> all right, here's our last little bit of... >> last one? okay. let me get that off the spoon for you. >> ...avocado. all right. >> let's mash that up. >> and here's the last little bit left. >> there we go. okay? >> all right. >> we're gonna put some finely diced onion in here, okay? >> so that's how we dress up our avocado? >> that's how we dress up our guacamole. we got to kind of put a tuxedo on it. we just got some fancy guacamole here. >> it's ready for its black-tie event. >> it is. this is like black-tie guacamole here. actually, it's really pretty easy, and it makes it a little bit brighter. you'll see it adds a little more complexity to it. >> mmm. it's got a nice thickness to it. >> oh, it does. and you know, avocados are so healthy for you. it's one of the few fruits that actually have a healthy saturated fat in it. >> mm-hmm. >> you know, you've got your tomatoes in here. i mean, this is a nice, healthy dish, and it's filling. >> mm-hmm. >> it's satiating. if you eat some guacamole, you're not gonna be hungry an hour later... >> mm-hmm. >> know, 'cause it has a nice filling effect to it. so, give it a try. see what you think.
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>> i would love to. >> all right. there you go. dip some in there. try it. see what you think. >> mmm. looks so good. >> nice and fresh with tomatoes and cilantro and onions in there. >> mmm. >> can you taste it all? >> mm-hmm. >> kind of rachet it up a little bit. >> wow. that's really good! >> there you go. >> thanks, chef johnny. >> my pleasure. >> guacamole has become very popular in the u.s. in fact, the sale of avocados rockets to 30 million pounds on two days each year -- the mexican holiday cinco de mayo and super bowl sunday. the recipe for johnny prep guacamole can be found on our website. for "teen kids news," i'm nicole. um]
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