American Heritage Girl, Maria Ambuul, and her family met with Mayor Bach, Suzi Bach and Councilman Tim Leigh to receive a Spirit of the Springs Celebrate Award for her achievement.
Maria, a high school senior, recently became the first-ever Colorado recipient of an American Heritage Girls “Stars and Stripes” award, which is equivalent to the Boy Scouts’ Eagle Award.
Ambuul completed a combination of badge work, religious recognition and service to earn the award. She completed a 100-hour service project for her parish in Colorado Springs, leading an effort to build an outdoor shrine.
Her family and friends (shown below) participated in the recognition event. “I am very impressed with Maria. She exemplifies the dedication, commitment and vision we want to encourage in our youth,” said Mayor Bach. “She is a great example of leadership in our community.”
Only 47 other girls nationwide have earned a Stars and Stripes award — the highest achievement an American Heritage Girl can earn.