An 11-year-old Zebulon Girl Scout sold the most cookies in Eastern Wake County two years in a row, racking up nearly $3,700.
Suzi Dowling, who has been a Girl Scout since she was 4 years old, sold 1,054 boxes of America’s favorite cookies in less than three months earlier this year.
“I went door-to-door around Zebulon and Wendell,” Suzi said. “We also did cookie booths at The Factory and Walmart.”
Last year, the Zebulon Middle School seventh-grader won first place as well.
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“Last year, my goal was only 700, and I got to 900,” she said.
In her troop, Troop 1430, she sold twice as many cookies as the second place scout.
The most popular cookie? Thin mints, of course.
An experiment with gluten-free cookies has been growing in popularity, and although the boxes don’t count toward Suzi’s numbers, she managed to sell 50 boxes of the wheat-free option.
Although she recruited her dad to sell cookies at work, and her mom to help at the cookie stand, Suzi found that salesmanship presented its own challenges.
“You can be late sometimes,” she said of selling door-to-door. “And people have already got some (cookies).”
Other top sellers in Wake County, Area 20 – which includes 28 troops in Eastern Wake County – are Arwen Coble, 11, from Knightdale and Troop 1561, close behind with 1,052 boxes sold and Camille Foster, 9, of Raleigh and Troop 3301 who sold 1,002 boxes.
The overall top cookie seller was Charisma Parham of Leland,with 3,616 boxes sold. Sierra Stefanelli of Aberdeen placed second with 3,169 boxes sold and Xena Gray of Cary sold 3,000 boxes.
Lisa Jones, CEO of Girl Scouts, N.C. Coastal Pines said that she excited to celebrate the leading sellers this year.
“The cookie program teaches Girl Scouts skills that will help them grown into leaders in their own life, leaders in business and leaders in the world,” she said. “Not only are they having fun selling cookies, they are learning how to set and achieve goals, manage money, work as a team, make sound decisions and provide great customer service.”
Profits from the boxes go toward program activities and community service projects and philanthropy. About 45 cents per $3.50 box returns directly to the troop, which the girls can choose between exchanging for prizes or a troop trip.
Suzi said she chose prizes, including a stuffed polar bear. Next year, she’s determined to reach first place once again.
Although Dowling stands out in Wake County, she is one of 283 girls who sold more than 1,000 boxes each.
Nationwide, the average number of boxes sold by Girl Scouts is 135.