Girl scout record sends message

By BAILEY RANKIN, Staff Writer

So I do not know if you have heard the news, but an Oklahoma girl scout has made history.

Katie Francis is fifteen years old, and she now holds the new record for all time cookie sales for the Girl Scout of America. Katie has only been in the Girl Scouts for seven years, but during those seven years she has sold more than 100,000 boxes of cookies.

Katie’s original goal was to sell 100,100 boxes of cookies to celebrate 100 years of Girl Scouts. That seems like a really cool idea, but I know I would never be able to achieve, or even attempt that task. Do you know what Katie did? She sold 100,100 boxes of cookies in seven years and once she achieved her goal, she kept on selling! As far as I know Katie has sold over 101,106 boxes, that is roughly 3 million cookies!

Katie’s achievement has even been mention on CNN, The Today Show and Yahoo. Her record setting sell occurred on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. Katie was invited to demonstrate her selling techniques by singing her “cookie tunes” which are popular songs with cookie names substituted in with the lyrics. Her skills and charm worked and of course Fallon had to buy a box!

While watching her interview on The Tonight Show, you could see how much practice and dedication she had put in to this cause. She knew what she was doing, and how to do it.  Then, while on the show she was surprised with a $15,000 check from Reddi Whip to help support the Girl Scouts of America.

Seeing her hard work and dedication pay off really excited me! What I have been hearing lately about our generation is not good. We are lazy. We make excuses and we do not work hard anymore. But I do not think that is true at all!

Every day when I wake up I see students attending class and then going to work a full or part time job, working to make sure they have a future. I see student athletes juggling school, practice and games. I see band and choir members practicing so that they can represent Northwestern to the best of their ability, then go to class. And do not even get me started on what some high schoolers are accomplishing these days!

The point is, we are here and we are working. So to whoever thinks that we are a wasted generation, please check again in a few years, because I think we will have accomplished quite a bit by then.

Oh yeah, and Katie? Katie plans to continue selling a few more boxes for Girl Scouts during her next three years of high school.