There were 146 Girl Scouts who sold cookies in the Wake 22 area, which encompasses Fuquay-Varina and Garner. And it was 14-year-old Samiya Hocutt of Garner who sold the most this year.
While not your typical young Scout, persuading cookie lovers into buying more boxes than they intended to with cute smiles and perky attitudes, Samiya still sold 1,300 boxes of cookies. The next best girl sold 1,062 boxes of cookies.
“My client base just started building up from the first year, and I just have a lot of support from my family,” Samiya said.
Samiya started selling cookies six years ago. She is currently in Troop 1555. Most of her clients are buyers from over the years. And they continue to come back. Some of her sales came from cookie booths she set up at stores.
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Her goal was to sell 900 boxes, but when she eclipsed that number in the first months, she decided to keep on going.
Samiya earned $4,550 from the sales.
The most cookies Samiya sold to one person was 24 boxes. A rising freshman at Enloe High School, Samiya said she was shocked.
“I was just in shock that they wanted that many,” she said. “I said ‘thank you’ many times. And I was thinking what would they do with this many cookies?”
This is the fourth year Hocutt has been the top seller in the Wake 22 area. She said two years ago she sold 1,500 boxes. Her most popular cookie is caramel delight.
She has received medals for selling the most cookies, which she keeps on her vest, and a plaque for selling 5,000 cookies over her cookie-selling career.
This year, Girl Scouts unveiled a new app that would allow Girl Scouts to sell cookies through their smart phones or tablets. But Samiya said she didn’t use it much.
“It’s kind of helpful,” she said. “But at the same time I like to see my customer’s faces.”
Of the more than 12,500 girls who participated in the cookie selling program, only 283 girls sold more than 1,000 boxes each. Nationally the average number of boxes sold by Girl Scouts is 135.
The overall top cookie seller was Charisma Parham of Leland, N.C. She sold 3,616 boxes of cookies.
“The cookie program teaches Girl Scouts skills that will help them grow into leaders in their own life, leaders in business and leaders in the world,” said Lisa Jones, chief executive officer of Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines. “We are excited to honor and celebrate the leaders of this year’s cookie program.”
Her mom Chastity said she’s proud of her daughter’s accomplishment.
“I think it’s amazing,” Hocutt said. “She’s really found something that she likes and stuck with it.”
Chastity Hocutt said she’s noticed her daughter’s leadership, entrepreneurship and public speaking skills get better each year.
“It’s taught her to not being afraid of how to approach people, and not being afraid of the rejection that comes with it sometimes,” she said. “Because the older she gets the harder it gets because she’s not the young cute Brownie Scout anymore.”
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The Girl Scouts organization works to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. In addition to supporting their individual troops, all girls know that they are also supporting Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines and its many programs for girls across it 41-county region in central and eastern North Carolina.