An outstanding member of American Heritage Girls has earned the organization's top award.
The Christian-based American Heritage Girls was created as an alternative to the left-leaning Girl Scouts USA, and it has just announced its 500th receipient of the Stars and Stripes Award.
Janayah Griesen of Tennessee is the 500th awardee. Her community project was to design and make portable carnival-type games for a senior citizen home for their annual event.
AHG executive director Patti Garibay says it's not easy to win.
“First, they must be in their senior years of high school, so ages 15 to 18, and they also must be able to have earned their Dolly Madison Award, which is a level award that includes their Faith Award,” she explains. “And that's a really important piece to American Heritage Girls is Faith, Service and Fun.”
Girls have to earn 16 different badges but that's not the end of their effort: other requirements include maintaining a leadership position and conducting a service project with more than 100 hours of work.
“They must complete a spiritual walk essay, a mini-resume, receive a reference letter,” Garibay advises, “and do a board of review ....”
4/17/2019 - Corrected description of Griesen's community project.