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GSGLA Senior represents Girl Scouts on new Trefoil package

This Girl Scout Cookie season (starting Jan. 26), along with the new Lemon-Up cookie, Girl Scouts has refreshed all its cookie packaging, reflecting the amazing experiences cookie earnings make possible for girls. Of 25,000 contest applicants, six girls were selected to be featured on the new packages based on their entrepreneurial skills and passion for Girl Scouts.

Girl Scouts Senior Katelyn R. of La Verne is featured on the new packaging for the iconic Trefoil cookie.

“I love that the Girl Scout Cookie boxes feature real Girl Scouts. I believe it’s good to show and be inspired by authentic experiences—real girls doing everyday things. We make advances by the experiences and mistakes we make. As Girl Scouts, we learn from and support each other through it all. Being able to represent Girl Scouts everywhere on these cookie boxes makes us more relatable not just to each other but to also inspire other girls to join Girl Scouts, ” Katelyn said.

Since joining Girl Scouts in 4th grade, Katelyn has discovered a passion for leadership, business, and STEAM. She is a successful Girl Scout Cookie boss who excels at people skills and public speaking. Her favorite Girl Scout activities include participating in the Color Guard (for which she sings the National Anthem and signs ASL) and Girl Advisory Bureau, going to overnight camp at Camp Osito Rancho in Big Bear and mastering horseback riding, canoeing, archery, rock-wall climbing, and zip-lining. Some of her favorite STEAM activities include earning Girl Scout badges in cybersecurity and coding.

Outside of Girl Scouts, she serves as her high school’s freshman class vice president and is active in the women chorale, marching guard, winter guard and debate team. She dreams of someday becoming a mechanical engineer.

“Girl Scouts has helped me become more assertive—I’ve found the strength to pursue what I believe and voice my opinions. I’ve also become more goal-oriented because of the skills I’ve gained through running my own cookie business. The older I get, the more I realize how important it is to stay true to my Girl Scout ideals and to represent the organization well so other peers can learn from my experience. Being part of the new Girl Scout Cookie packaging provides me with that opportunity,” Katelyn said.

Katelyn earned a spot on the Trefoil box through the Cookie Pro Contest. The 2018 inaugural contest offered the rare grand prize of participating in the photo shoots for the new cookie boxes—something that only happens every several years. This year, 24 girls—four per Girl Scouts level—will be named national cookie pros and get the epic chance to do other amazing things:

  • Travel to Orlando with one parent or guardian for three days of fun and adventure
  • Be a VIP guest at G.I.R.L. 2020, the largest event for girls in the world
  • Get backstage passes to meet celebrity speakers
  • Experience Orlando’s theme parks using a special-access pass
  • Meet Girl Scouts of the USA CEO Sylvia Acevedo and other inspiring Girl Scout entrepreneurs
  • Take part in unforgettable activities with Girl Scouts from all over the country
  • Enjoy exclusive swag, giveaways, and more!

Participating in the Cookie Pro contest is easy. Starting Feb. 1, simply answer a set of questions online, and submit them along with a photo of yourself.

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