Life is sweet for Cadet Girl Scout Alison McKinley of Luther Burbank
Middle School. In this year’s Girl Scout cookie drive, the
13-year-old Burbank girl sold the most cookies in all of the San
Fernando Valley -- a record-breaking 3,046 boxes.
Alison set out to sell 2,000 boxes, but after reaching that mark
she focused on 3,000.
“I set that goal and reached it and passed it,” she said. “It’s my
lucky year, I guess.”
Alison’s dad, Stephen McKinley, said his daughter’s success is no
“It took a lot of determination and a lot of trips around the
block,” he said.
McKinley added that his daughter also did a lot of “boothing,”
referring to the many hours Alison stood outside stores at the Empire
Center and at Vons Market on Pass Avenue selling to customers going
into and out of those establishments.
For her efforts, Alison won script to pay for a week’s stay at the
Girl Scouts’ Camp Lakota bordering Los Padres National Forest, her
Four other local Girl Scouts sold more than 1,000 boxes of
Kelcey Soderstrom, 14, a Jordan Middle School student, sold 1,303
boxes. The secret to her success? “You just kinda be aggressive, sort
of,” she said. “Everyone in the neighborhood knows me. ‘Oh, you’re
back again,’ they said when they saw me.”
Alyson Taylor, 9, who attends Bret Harte Elementary School, sold
1,003 boxes of cookies. She sold cookies last year, but said, “I did
a ton better this year.” Alyson credits her large number of sales to
Alyson’s classmate, Nicole Williams, 9, sold one less box than her
Her mother has two jobs and attends school, and she sold cookies
at all three places, Nicole said.
Genevieve Armstorff sold 1,401 boxes, but was unavailable for