Cookie hawkers

RALEIGH — Girl Scouts-North Carolina Coastal Pines recently announced that Hailey Bennett of Harrells is a top seller in Bladen County for the 2015 Girl Scout Cookie Sale Program. Bennett sold 1,265 boxes of Girl Scout cookies in the annual cookie sale that ended in March.

Joining Bennett as top sellers in Bladen County were Stephanie Maxey, who placed second with 1,102 boxes sold, and Brooklyn Skinner, who placed third with 776 boxes sold.

“This is our first year as a new troop, and we jumped into this program with both feet,” said Troop 4023 Leader Shana Skinner. “We’re really happy with how successful we were and are very proud of all the girls. Now we have a pretty high bar for next year.”

The overall top cookie seller was Charisma Parham of Leland with 3,616 boxes of Girl Scout sold. Sierra Stefanelli of Aberdeen placed second with 3,169 boxes sold and Xena Gray of Cary placed third with 3,000 boxes sold.

“The Cookie Sale Program teaches Girl Scouts skills that will help them grown 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.”

Girl Scouts-North Carolina Coastal Pines sold more than 3.1 million boxes of cookies with approximately 12,500 Girl Scouts participating in the 2015 Cookie Sale Program. Approximately 2,050 girls sold more than 400 boxes of cookies each. Additionally, 283 girls sold more than 1,000 boxes each. Council-wide the average number of boxes sold per girl was 248. Nationally the average number of boxes sold by Girl Scouts is 135.

The Girl Scout Cookie Sale Program helps to support girls in achieving the goals they set for program activities, community service projects and philanthropy, and ensure all girls are afforded access to the Girl Scout leadership program. For nearly 100 years, it has also helped girls develop essential skills they can use throughout their life.

“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,” added Jones.