Both of these girls epitomize the motto of AHG, which is “Building Women of Integrity through service to God, Family, Community, and County.” This award represents proficiency in all areas of the AHG Program (Heritage, Family Living, Arts, Outdoor Skills, Personal Well-Being, and Science and Technology).
The Stars and Stripes Award is attained by very few. It represents years of hard work, perseverance and strength of character. This award testifies to an understanding of their community and their nation and a willingness to get involved.
Just a few of the community service things these girls were involved in were serving at Center of Hope, making blankets for the needy, working at the pregnancy help center, putting flags on veterans graves, making crochet/knitted hats for the soldiers, flag retirement ceremonies, can food drives, Samaritans Purse Christmas boxes, making bags full of items for the homeless, working at the Republican Convention, volunteering for Republican campaigns, greeting soldiers at the airport, picking up trash in local parks in Weatherford and Springtown and many other service-minded activities.
To honor these girls, their families, friends, troop members and some elected officials came together at a ceremony on Feb 4. When it came time to do the presentation of the actual award, the girls received a huge surprise – the founder of 17-year-old American Heritage Girls program, Patti Garibay, flew in from Cincinnati, Ohio, to present the awards in person.
The girls are just the sixth and seventh recipients of the award in Texas and the 72nd and 73rd in the nation to receive this prestigious award.
There was an audible gasp in the audience and on the stage when Garibay was announced, as it was a surprise for 90 percent of the room. Garibay came with a contingent of five other national and regional leaders to attend the program.