Local Girl Scout is One Smart Cookie

Plantation Girl Scout Troop 10442 is heading to Savannah, Georgia this summer to the home of Girl Scouts founder Juliette Gordon Lowe. The anticipated trip is the result from their outstanding cookie earnings.

At the helm of their sales is four-time top cookie seller, Amanda Kopelman. Once again she claimed the number one spot for the fourth year in a row. This Cadette with Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida came in this year with a total sale of 4,603 boxes. Over her four-year top cookie selling streak, she has sold a total of 19,807 boxes.

Amanda, a student at NSU University School in Davie, says her goal every year is to learn the valuable business skills that come along with the cookie sale program. “I don’t set a specific number, I just try to sell as many as I can. My mom doesn’t tell me the final number until the end so I just keep going.”

It’s not easy being a four-time top seller, but this smart cookie has a plan each year to continue her record of staying on top. She also advises other ambitious scouts to do their best, to smile, and to always try to go past their goal, and then apply the same philosophy to everything they do in life.

“I email companies asking if they’d like to put in an order, or if they’d like to donate cookies to Feeding South Florida, Boys & Girls Club, or to the Cookies for the Military program,” says Amanda.

Amanda is in her eighth year as a Girl Scout. She started in kindergarten as a Daisy.

There’s plenty about Girls Scouts that she loves, including the mission to build girls of courage, confidence, and character to make the world a better place.

“My favorite part about Girl Scouts is helping others,” adds Amanda. “It makes you feel good that you’re giving to people who need help and not taking. I love community service.”

“More than any other organization in our community, Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida empowers girls ages 5 to 17 with vision and voice—girls who command their future, engage their communities and inspire others,” says Katie Chwalik, Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida Public Relations & Brand Specialist.

Girl Scouts offers every girl a chance to practice a lifetime of leadership, adventure, and success. Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida serves more than 10,000 girls in Broward, Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River and Okeechobee Counties.  To explore opportunities to join, volunteer, or partner with Girl Scouts, call 561-427-0177 or visit www.gssef.org.