Madeline Hettich with her mural that she painted for Hildreth Elementary School as part of her Girl Scout project for the Gold Award, the highest achievement in Girl Scouts.

By Amelia Pak-Harvey

HARVARD -- Three Girl Scouts have gained recognition for their Gold Award service projects around town, earning the highest honor in Girl Scouts and receiving proclamations from the Board of Selectmen.

At a meeting in May, selectmen recognized Jane Sullebarger, Kelly O'Shea and Madeleine Hettich for their work.

Sullebarger, a rising senior at Bromfield, completed a Styrofoam recycling project last year. She organized a recycling event at the Transfer Station that allowed people to deposit their Styrofoam.

"I was reading about it and decided that it would benefit the town of Harvard," she told the Harvard Hillside last year. "It's 98 percent air and would create a lot more space."

Kelly O'Shea, another rising senior, helped prepare emergency "blizzard bags" for seniors, and 19-year-old Madeleine Hettich completed a mural at Hildreth Elementary School.

Hettich said when she first went to HES there were a lot of murals up, but a bunch of them were eventually painted over.

"I knew that I wanted to do something to bring some color back to the school, and when I heard that they were looking for somebody to do a mural I thought it was a good opportunity and jumped at the chance," she said.


Her mural is based on the children's book "How Full is Your Bucket," which encourages children to be kind to others. Although technically no longer a Girl Scout since she graduated high school, she will still be attending the Gold Award ceremony later in June.

Hettich, who just finished her first year at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, said she is glad people outside of the school took notice of the mural.

"I wasn't sure whether or not it would have a lot of public impact, so I'm glad," she said.

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