The local Girl Scouts have proven yet again that they are striving to be the ultimate G.I.R.L (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, and Leader) having completed, yet another successful product sale during this year’s Cookie Program. Girl Scouts sold over one million boxes of cookies in the Girl Scouts Louisiana East council’s 23-parish jurisdiction, with the girls averaging 172 boxes each. The girls went after their goals, tried new selling tactics, took risks by broadening their customer base, and lead their troop and council to victory with a 4.5 percent increase over 2016.

Going on a third year, the digital entrepreneurs used advances in technology to market and sell cookies over the Internet using a mobile app and personalized websites.

“As a council, we are proud of our girls for continuously thriving during the Cookie program,” said Alisha Moore, Customer Experience Officer. “By setting goals, using technology, and being leaders, our girls can be successful at anything they set their minds to.”

A total of 312 girls entered Girl Scouts Louisiana East’s Cookie Hall of Fame for selling 500+ boxes of cookies, including 45 girls who sold over 1,000 boxes, and one “Cookie Mogul” – Girl Scout Cadette Madelyn Foster of Denham Springs who sold 1,751 boxes, becoming this year’s top seller.

Among the Hall of Fame Girl Scouts from Ascension Parish was: Prairieville: Addie Louviere- 1,005, Abigayle Mitchell- 868 boxes, Claire Cornett- 666, Laura Golda- 659, Mackenzie Lacombe- 632, Ryleigh Stein- 609, Charleigh Gauthreaux- 558, Leigha Cooper- 551; Geismar: Mackenzie Granger- 685, Leila Gollner- 539; Gonzales: Harper Babin- 557, Jolie Auzenne- 517; St. Amant: Kylee Richardson- 609, Bailey Poche- 529; Sorrento: JaMyra Branch- 600.

Through participation in the Cookie program, troops are provided funding for troop activities, trips, and community service projects. Girls also received individual recognitions such as patches, T-shirts, and journals with some top awards including electronics, cookie dough, luggage, and a “Diva Event,” for girls who sold 500 + boxes, where they were invited to a special Girl Scout Night with the New Orleans Pelicans. Eighty-one girls who sold over 750 boxes achieved the C.E.O. (Chief Entrepreneur Officer) level received tickets to Disney on Ice.