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3rd-grader overcomes shyness to top Girl Scout Cookie sales

By Sonny Long
Jan. 10, 2012 at 7:01 p.m.
Updated Jan. 9, 2012 at 7:10 p.m.

Rachel Goodwine, who sold 1,550 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies last year, looks to continue her success. The peanut butter patties and thin mints are her personal favorites.

BIRTHDAY BASH

A celebration of the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts will be March 31 in Robstown. All the troops of the Girl Scouts of Greater South Texas plan to attend and take part in the camp out. Girl Scouts of Greater South Texas serves 17,000 girls in 26 counties with service centers in the Rio Grande Valley, Laredo, Corpus Christi and Victoria.

TOP SELLING GIRL SCOUT COOKIES

  • 25% Thin Mints
  • 19% Samoas/Caramel deLites
  • 13% Peanut Butter Patties/Tagalongs
  • 11% Peanut Butter Sandwich/Do-si-dos
  • 9% Shortbread/Trefoils
  • The other varieties combined account for the remaining 23%

SOURCE: GirlScouts.org

Girl Scout Rachel Goodwine's shy smile served her well in 2011.

Often pulling a green wagon filled with Girl Scout Cookies, Rachel, 9, worked her neighborhood and sales booths across town to sell 1,550 boxes of cookies, top among Victoria Girl Scouts.

"I like going around and meeting the people and knowing that you are selling them something they like," she said.

Rachel's efforts earned her an iPod, in addition to being crowned Cookie Princess of Victoria.

This year's cookie sales begin Sunday, and Rachel's goal is to sell 1,200 boxes of cookies and earn a pearl necklace.

Rachel said her best-selling cookie last year was Thin Mints. This will be her fourth year to sell cookies, and she is benefiting from the experience.

"We are learning a lot about the money. How to add it up and make change," she said.

The third-grader at Vickers Elementary School said cookie sales have helped her overcome her shyness.

"She's extremely shy," said Rachel's grandmother, Barbara Wilcox. "This is a big accomplishment for her to come in and talk to a reporter."

Cookies are $3.50 per box and sales are direct - the Scouts will have cookies in hand.

Flavors available include Caramel deLites, Peanut Butter Sandwich, Peanut Butter Patties, Thanks-A-Lot, Shortbread, Shout Outs and Thin Mints.

Booth sales begin in February and most girls will start door-to-door sales on Sunday, said Terry Blevins, director of volunteer services in Victoria.

The $700 million Girl Scout Cookie Program is the largest girl-led business in the country, according to the Girl Scout website.

This year's theme is "What Can a Cookie Do?"

A member of the 10-member Troop 95012, Rachel said she enjoys Girl Scouts because of the learning experiences like crafts.

She also enjoys earning badges and patches and the trips like the one last year to Schlitterbahn.

Asked her favorite Girl Scouting activity, Rachel said, "I like it all."

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