Friends tie for top honor

mvoorhis@sierrastar.comMay 27, 2014 

Friends HadezbahBrisa "Breezy" Benally of North Fork and Annalise Greene of Coarsegold tied for the 2014 top Girl Scout cookie seller for Madera County. Their goal was to sell 5,000 boxes, and after the final count was tallied, each girl had sold 2,500 boxes.

"Breezy and Annalise worked very hard to meet their goal of 5,000 boxes of cookies combined. Their efforts to work together display the teamwork, ambition, and business skills that are the epitome of the Girl Scout Cookie Program," Jordan King, communications manager for the Girl Scouts of Central California South said.

The Girl Scout Cookie Program, for girls kindergarten through 12th grades, is designed to teach girls five basic skills: goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics.

An eighth grader at Coarsegold Elementary, Breezy, 13, has been in Girl Scouts for five years, and with Oakhurst Troop 2641 for two. Coarsegold resident Annalise, 11 and a fifth grader at Coarsegold Elementary, has been in Girl Scouts for six years.

The two girls met when they were the only two scouts to come out to sell cookies four years ago. At that time Breezy was a member of the North Fork Scout troop, which later disbanded.

Annalise quickly jumped on the opportunity to invite Breezy to join the Oakhurst troop so they could sell cookies together, which is exactly what they have done every year since.

"These girls are so dedicated," Lisa, Breezy's mom, said. "They set high goals and high expectations, and reach them."

Families stepped up to help the young scouts in their efforts. Because they set-up shop in front of Vons at every opportunity, many shoppers asked if they were the only two selling cookies in the area, so the creative girls devised a plan to expand their territory.

"They would get up at 5 Saturday morning, and we would drive them to Save-Mart in Visalia to set up a booth for cookie sales," Lisa continued. "From there, we would head to Wal-Mart on Kings Canyon in Fresno to do the same thing."

It didn't take long for the girls to come to the conclusion that sales were much brisker in the Mountain Area.

"I am just so proud of Breezy," Lisa said. "She sets goals, sticks to them and achieves what she sets out to do. At this moment, she's working towards her Silver Award, the highest award a Cadet can earn."

Sharon, Annalise's mom, is equally proud, saying, "It was so much work, but Annalise set a goal and met that goal." Sharon is also proud to call the Mountain Area home because of the helpful residents, who were the impetus behind the girls success.

Annalise, a little shy, nodded her head in agreement as Breezy spoke: "I want to thank the community for supporting us. We couldn't have done this without them. And thank you to Vons for letting us sell in front of the store."

The monies raised by this troop will be used for a Costa Rica trip planned for the summer of 2015. The community service project the girls will be involved in during that trip is still being decided.

The pre-sale of Girl Scout cookies began in February, with the setting-up of booths running through the month of March.

Breezy was also the top cookie seller for Madera County last year.

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