Jessica R. Kunkel, a senior at Westminster Christian Academy, recently earned the American Heritage Girls [AHG] Stars and Stripes Award, the highest award members can earn in the American Heritage Girls program. Kunkel is a member of AHG Troop 3469 through First Baptist Church in Arnold, Missouri.
To merit the Stars and Stripes award, she had to live out the AHG creed and oath, complete the Dolley Madison Award, acquire 16 required badges, complete at least 160 hours of community service, be in a leadership position in her troop, write a life ambition/spiritual walk essay and resume, acquire at least three letters of reference, pass a Board of Review and design and implement a service project of at least 100 hours for her community.
For her community service project, Kunkel served as project leader and manager building seating and eating areas for her elementary school playground and daycare, Firm Foundations Christian Academy and the Firm Foundations Daycare in Arnold.
Kunkel is the first member of Troop 3469 to earn this award, and only the 12th to earn it in the state of Missouri. In AHG’s 23-year history in the United States, only 486 girls have acquired this esteemed honor. She has performed over 1,000 hours of total service throughout her lifetime, earning her three separate President’s Service Gold Medal Awards. She also has earned the Congressional Award Silver Medal. The Congressional Award is the United States Congress’ award for young Americans which involves setting goals in four program areas: Voluntary Public Service, Personal Development, Physical Fitness and Expedition/Exploration. Kunkel also earned Westminster’s 2018 Wendy’s High School Heisman honors in recognition of her servant leadership and proven ability as a role model.