Alena Daniel, 17, of Rockvale, has earned the highest recognition the American Heritage Girls offers to members, the Stars & Stripes Award.
Award recipients have completed a number of requirements, including:
- Earning a total of 22 merit badges;
- Having held a leadership position in their troop for a minimum of six months;
- Planning, developing, and providing leadership to others in a 100-plus hour service project;
- Writing a life ambition/ spiritual walk essay and resume;
- Receiving at least 3 letters of reference;
- Passing a board of review.
Alena chose to serve Middle Tennessee Wildlife Rescue. She upgraded an existing songbird aviary by adding a nest box/safe house, installing a flower bed filled with flowers that attract bugs for the birds to hunt and installing a round tarp to cover the roof of the aviary.
She also constructed a flight aviary to rehab birds of prey such as hawks, owls and small falcons. She raised $7,000 in monetary donations and donated supplies to complete the project.
Alena is a member of Fellowship Church AHG TN1218. She has served as the troop photographer and helped with troop security as well as helping the younger girls in the troop.
Alena is the 547th girl nationally, and the 39th girl in Tennessee, to earn the Stars & Stripes Award.
She is active at World Outreach Church and enjoys drawing and painting. Alena is the daughter of Kyle and Stephenie Daniel of Rockvale.
American Heritage Girls Inc., is a national character development organization for young women, ages 5-18, that embraces Christian values and encourages family involvement.