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Local Girl Scouts reach High Achievers Club

In the springtime, Girl Scout cookies are a highly sought after snack for many people. But the number of boxes sold by a few local Girl Scouts, has put them at the 5,000-plus mark, a feat that has placed them in the High Achievers Club.

Abby Natalyn Jarvis, Destiny Ward, Elizabeth Williams and Jalyn Oden were recently recognized as High Achievers for the 2020 Girl Scout Cookie Program.

The 5,000-boxes-sold goal begins in a scout’s first year of selling cookies. The High Achievers Club recognizes the girls for an achievement spanning their entire Girl Scout cookie-selling careers.

The purpose of the Girl Scout Cookie Program is to teach girls five key skills: goal setting, decision-making, money management, people skills and business ethics.

“The girls have gone above and beyond using their entrepreneurship skills and are an excellent example of the purpose of the Girl Scout Leadership Program,” Dana Erickson, Girl Scouts’ Public Relation Intern said in an e-mail. “Members (of the High Achievers Club) received an engraved plaque, special cookie business cards and a personalized letter of recommendation from our CEO, Lisa Jones.”

Jarvis has sold 5,179 boxes of Girl Scout cookies during her time as a Girl Scout; Ward has sold 11,298; Oden has sold 15,188; and Williams sold 15,193.

Williams was able to speak about her 11 years as a Girl Scout, which started when she was a second-grader in 2009.

“I sold cookies for 11 years, and it took me four years to reach the 5,000-mark,” Williams said. “I honestly didn’t know anything about the High Achievers Club until the plaque came in. Since then, I’ve wanted to keep reaching to the next mark.”

Williams recently turned 18 years old, and is now considered an Adult Girl Scout, but she still has a love for peanut butter patties.

“Girl Scouts taught me to be unique and to work with others as a team. I learned about the proper ways to sell and how to contribute to the community; how to be a leader and how to guide the younger ones through what they may face. I also was able to learn my favorite sport: archery. Thanks to Girl Scouts, I am a level one archery instructor.”

The Girl Scouts have a special acronym they learn and abide by:

G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-Taker, Leader).