Kristin Trethewey, 2017 graduate of Berean Christian School, recently received the highest honor a member of American Heritage Girls (AHG) can earn, and the AHG equivalent of the Boy Scout’s Eagle rank.

Trethewey, who currently attends Modesto Junior College, is the first recipient of the Stars and Stripes Award in Troop CA1012, 17th in California, and the 325th recipient in the 21-year history of American Heritage Girls.

Trethewey, WHO has been a member since Troop CA1012 was established in 2009, said she joined American Heritage Girls “because it sounded like fun. Over the years,” she said, “I have fallen in love with the program.”

To earn the award, Trethewey explained, a young woman must meet a number of requirements: Earn a minimum of 16 badges, nine of which are specific to Stars and Stripes, must hold a leadership position within the troop, write a Spiritual Walk Essay, and much more.

“One of the major requirements is to plan, organize, and implement a service project amounting to at least 100 hours of service, Trethewey said. “For my project, I renovated the church library at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church.” With the help of volunteers, she repainted the walls, shelves, counter, and wooden filing cabinet. She also added 2 custom-built shelves, a new air conditioning unit, and new blinds. Finally, she purchased a computerized cataloging system for the library.

Kristin is not the only AHG member in her family – her younger sister, Audrey, has also been an American Heritage Girl for 8 years. Trethewey’s mother, Jessica, has been involved since the beginning. She was a Unit Leader and, for the last three years, has been Troop Coordinator for Troop CA1012.

Trethewey said she has “always loved the morals and beliefs (American Heritage Girls) was founded on. I also enjoy working with younger girls and helping them to have a great scouting experience.”

“I hope that Troop CA1012 continues to have an impact in our community.”

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