Two Culver Girls Academy rowers will share the 1st Lt. Andrew K. Stern Scholarship and Rowing Award. Seniors Krista Trefren (Hotchkiss, Colo.) and Katrina Willis (Rolling Prairie, Ind.) were presented the award during a special ceremony Tuesday at the White-DeVries Rowing Center.
The scholarship is given annually to the senior on the rowing team who best exemplifies the traits that Stern exhibited: “Dedication, Honesty, Joyfulness, Respect, and Integrity,” according to the criteria. The ceremony is conducted every September 16th and concludes with a walk to the Legion Memorial Building, where Taps is played.
Trefren and Willis are four-year members of the rowing team and will be co-captains this spring.
Stern died as a Marine serving in Iraq on Sept. 16, 2004, and was the inspiration for the rowing award, which was initiated in the fall of 2006. A crew shell is also named in his memory. A 1998 graduate, he was a four-year cadet in Battery C, and rowed during all four years. He was a tri-captain on the rowing team and the Artillery Battalion commander during his senior year.
He continued to row at the University of Tennessee, where he was captain of the rowing team, an officer of the Inter-Fraternity Council, and a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity. By his second year, he was coaching novice teams at the university.
To date, Stern is the only Culver alumnus to lose his life in the Global War on Terrorism. He was 24. He is remembered with a Gold Star Flag.