(From left) Aliyana Quezada, McKenzie Joyce and Christian Joyce were the top cookie sellers in 2019 with a combined 3768 boxes of cookies sold in support of the Girl Scouts - North Carolina Coastal Pines.

Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines (GSNCCP) has announced that Mckenzie Joyce of Camp Lejeune is the Onslow-Camp Lejeune top seller for the 2019 Girl Scout Cookie Program. Joyce, the daughter of retired USMC Gunnery Sgt. Jon Joyce, sold 1300 boxes of Girl Scout cookies in the annual cookie program that ran from January to March. Her sister, Christian Joyce of Camp Lejeune, N.C. placed second with 1250 boxes sold and fellow Camp Lejeune resident Aliyana Quezada, daughter of Staff Sgt. Victor Quezada, aviation supply specialist, placed third with 1218 boxes sold.

Participating in the Girl Scout Cookie Program is a long-held tradition for girls, with recognition as a top cookie seller a coveted honor. Being named a top seller goes beyond what’s in the box as it highlights a girl’s determination to set and achieve goals, develop business and financial literacy skills and enhance their entrepreneurial spirit. This recognition also demonstrates a girl’s mastery of the five skills of business: goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills,and business ethics as she runs her very own cookie business.

“The Girl Scout Cookie Program is about so much more than what is in the box. The girls that participated this year learned valuable life skills, like money management and goal setting, while raising funds to support future leadership endeavors with Girl Scouts,” said Kelly Griffin, GSNCCP product sales director. “Each Girl Scout that sold a box of cookies this year became an entrepreneur in the largest girl-led business in the world, and we are excited to celebrate all that they accomplished during the 2019 Girl Scout Cookie Program while recognizing our girl-leaders.”

GSNCCP sold over 3 million boxes of cookies with over 11,000 Girl Scouts participating in the 2019 Girl Scout Cookie Program. Approximately 2,100 girls sold more than 400 boxes of cookies each. Additionally, more than 300 girls sold 1,000+ boxes each. Council-wide the average number of boxes sold per girl was 272. Nationally the average number of boxes sold by Girl Scouts is approximately 150. This year, the council exceeded their Operation Cookie Drop goal by collecting donations to send over 108,000 boxes of cookies to the military men and women serving abroad, culminating in over a million boxes delivered through this council-wide service project since its inception in 2005.

The Girl Scout Cookie Program helps support girls in achieving the goals they set for program activities, community service projects and philanthropy, and ensures all girls are afforded access to the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. For over 100 years, the Girl Scout Cookie Program has also provided life changing leadership opportunities for every G.I.R.L – an acronym standing for “go-getter, innovator, risk-taker and leader.”

For more information on the Girl Scouts Cookie Program, visit www.ncccoastalpines.org.