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February 15, 2013

Two local Heritage Girls attain rare Stars and Stripes honors

By LeANN RUSSELL | Special to the Democrat

Judge Mark Riley was one of many elected officials who took time to pay recognition to two special young ladies on Feb 4.

They received certificates from Gov. Rick Perry, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, U.S. Rep. Kay Granger and State Sen. Craig Estes, among others.

A Texas flag was flown over the state capitol in their honor by State Rep. Phil King. A resolution will be read on the house floor proposed by Rep Bill Zedler. Letters of congratulations came from Sen. Brian Birdwell and others. Representatives from the Marine Corps League and The Military Order of World Wars presented the girls with a certificate and a challenge coin.

Why all the buzz?

Sarah Michelle Hardy, of Weatherford, and Sarah Elizabeth Russell, of Springtown, earned their Stars and Stripes Award. Stars and Stripes is the highest award you can earn in the American Heritage Girls program. It is equivalent to the Eagle Scout in Boy Scouts. The girls are members of AHG Troop 1136 in Weatherford.

To earn the award the girls must complete their Dolley Madison Award (equivalent to the Life Scout) and then earn 16 required badges, two service stars per year (each service star represents 20 hours of community service), be in a leadership position in their troop and design and implement a service project of at least 100 hours for their community.

Each of these girls went above and beyond with each of these requirements. Sarah Hardy earned 16 badges, five service stars and her project encompassed about 250 hours. Her project was called “Baby Boom.” They remodeled the nursery at a church, including painting, putting in a counter and a sink, repainting the parking lot – including the handicap spaces – and cleaning out a large flower garden.

Sarah Russell earned 29 badges, earned 26 service stars (that’s 520 community service hours, not including her service project) and her project was over 350 hours. She organized her community and troop and placed a goal of making 100 items for premature babies in the NICU at John Peter Smith Hospital for her project she named “Hemmed in Prayer.” Together they sewed, crocheted and knitted 201 items to donate to the babies and their families.

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