Local Girl Scout featured in magazine story

Published 4:29 pm Tuesday, October 10, 2023

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(Editor’s Note: The following story, published with permission, is about Alexis Vann, a member of Girl Scout Troop 628 in Ahoskie, who was featured on the cover and in a story in the Fall Edition of the Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast magazine.)

By Marcy Germanotta

Communications & Marketing Director

Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast

During Girl Scout cookie season, you’ll rarely see Alexis Vann without cookies in hand. They’re in the family’s dining room, car trunk, Second Baptist Union Church sound room where Alexis and her family attends services, and even in Alexis’ back pack while at school!

While she has many marketing tips for Girl Scouts who want to join her as a top seller, she says having the product ready to sell has been the key to her success. This strategy and Alexis’ other marketing skills have helped her be on the Top 10 Cookie Seller list for two years, selling 3,509 boxes in 2023. In addition, she has also ranked as Top Seller for the Roanoke-Chowan Service Unit 410 each year while in the Girl Scout program.

This budding entrepreneur from Troop 628 in Ahoskie, North Carolina, has been in Girl Scouts for 11 years, joining as a Girl Scout Daisy. Her mom, Wendy, has been involved as a supportive troop parent from the start and stepped up to be the troop’s co-leader two years ago, along with Beth Wilson. The troop meets at First Baptist Church in Ahoskie for their bi-weekly meetings.

Alexis Vann of Ahoskie Girl Scout Troop 628 has been on the Top 10 Cookie Seller list for two years. In 2023, she sold 3,509 boxes. Photo by Marcy Germanotta

In addition to being a go-getter in Girl Scouts, Alexis is a high-achieving student who attends the prestigious Hertford County Early College High School. Alexis works extra hard to keep her grades above average while participating in extra-curricular activities such as volleyball and Battle of the Books.

Within her community, she also takes the lead. She serves on the Ahoskie Youth Council where she has taken action to plan and carry out several community service projects such as Ahoskie Clean Up Day.

“Why do I stay in Girl Scouts? Because it’s fun!” she said. “I love the activities, especially selling cookies, and I’ve met some great friends. It has also given me confidence and leadership skills that I use every day.”

In addition to selling cookies, she has enjoyed camping at Camp Darden and is looking forward to a trip to Florida next December, a trip being fueled by cookie proceeds. Her goal for this Girl Scout membership year is to reach the Top 10 Cookie Seller level again, to dedicate time to planning a Girl Scout Gold Award Project and applying to serve on GSCCC’s Board of Directors as a girl member!

“As a parent, I think Girl Scouting is important because the program truly delivers on its mission to build girls of courage, confidence and character,” mom Wendy said. “I have witnessed all these traits bloom within my daughter and other girls in our troop over the years.”

Alexis’ Cookie Selling Tips:

Be kind and show all customers good old-fashion manners and respect!!!

Smile a lot and be excited about the delicious cookies!!!

Say, “Thank You” to every customer whether they buy 1 box or a case; or no boxes!!!

Network with family and friends, near and far; build loyal customers!!!

Always remember your loyal customers and their favorite cookies, and deliver their cookies ASAP!!!

Take care of your cookies to avoid any product damages.

Ask everyone you meet to support the GS cookie program.

Be a blessing to others and give away some boxes to Senior Citizens and toddlers!!!

Talk about GS cookies year round and show your passion for the delicious treats!!!