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Matthiesen earns Gold Award pin

By Jean Doran Matua, Editor

Tara Matthiesen of St. Augusta recently completed the requirements for Girl Scout's top achievement as an Ambassador Scout: the Girl Scout Gold Award. She received the Gold Award pin in a ceremony Thursday evening, Aug. 2, at Fair Haven Park. The ceremony was a part of the Fair Haven Lions monthly meeting.

Tara's Scout leader for years is her mother Pam. The pride was obvious as Pam explained the meaning of the award, and the history of Tara's project, and then pinned the award on Tara's vest.

Tara's Gold Award project was making "Birthday Boxes" for the Kimball Area Food Shelf. She put together 20 in all, each containing everything needed to host a birthday party for 8, plus a gift for a child. Each box was festively wrapped to add to the fun. These boxes were delivered to the Food Shelf earlier this year.

Tara logged a total of 166 hours of community service in planning and completing this project.

Tara has had a busy summer. She graduated from Kimball Area High School in June. At this year's Fair Haven Old Settlers Picnic in June, she relinquished her crown as Fair Haven Queen to the next queen, Jenna Maus. She completed the process to receive the Gold Award, and had the ceremony making it official. And the next day, she headed off to college in Morris, moving into her first apartment there.

Once the ceremony was complete, Tara is no longer considered a Girl Scout but rather an adult in the organization. She recently attended Girl Scout camp where she was an adult chaperone.

"It's a little bittersweet," she said of no longer being a girl Girl Scout. "It's kinda like giving up my crown."

The skills she has learned in reaching this highest achievement will serve her well in life, starting with her next big challenge: