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Wilson Girl Scouts honored for top cookie sales

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Three Girl Scouts were recently recognized for leading Wilson County troops in cookie sales.

Chloe Walls of Wilson is the county’s top seller for the 2018 Girl Scout Cookie program, selling 1,188 boxes. TaShiya Freeman of Wilson placed second, selling 1,039 boxes. Alyssa Reason of Elm City sold 961 boxes and earned third-place honors.

“The Girl Scout Cookie program is the perfect opportunity for girls to develop important skills that they will use throughout their life while raising funds to support future leadership endeavors with Girl Scouts.” Kelly Griffin, product sales director for Girl Scouts of the North Carolina Coastal Pines, said in a news release.“All of the girls that participated in the 2018 program made their own unique contribution, making them entrepreneurs in the largest girl-led business in the world, and we could not be more proud of them.”

Cookies were sold Jan. 13 through March 4.

Joining the Wilson County Girl Scouts, the overall council top sellers are Alyssa Judkins, Ruth Lahl and Madeline Fischer. Judkins, of Durham County, placed first by selling 7,981 boxes, and Lahl, of Cumberland County, placed second with 6,162 boxes. Fischer, of New Hanover County, placed third by selling 4,765 boxes.

Judkins, Lahl and Fischer will join Coastal Pines council CEO Lisa Jones in late spring for a celebratory luncheon. Jones will present each girl with a trophy at the event. Top sellers for local areas will receive a top seller custom patch and their name in next year’s Cookie Gram.

“From selling cookies I have learned better time management, communication skills and my personal favorite, leadership skills,” Fischer said in a statement. “I reached my goal by always trying to stay positive and focused.”

Coastal Pines Girl Scouts sold a combined total of more than 3.1 million boxes of cookies with about 12,750 Girl Scouts participating. Roughly 2,400 girls sold more than 400 boxes of cookies each. Additionally, 320 girls sold more than 1,000 boxes each.

Council-wide, the average number of boxes sold per girl was 261. Nationally the average number of boxes sold is about 150.

This year, the council exceeded its Operation Cookie Drop goal by collecting donations to send more than 95,000 boxes of cookies to military servicemembers and culminating in more than a million boxes delivered through this council-wide service project since its inception in 2005.

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