Mikayla Butler may seem like your typical 9th grader. She's on the track and cross-country teams at Post Falls High School, plays the piano, and enjoys spending time with her friends. What sets her aside from many girls her age is that she's also a burgeoning businesswoman.
As a top cookie seller with Girl Scouts of Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho, Mikayla sold a whopping 4,860 boxes this year. From just one season of selling cookies, her efforts earned her 2,430 dollars in college scholarships. Between this year and last year, she has earned over 4,500 dollars in scholarship money to put towards her higher education. Through her accomplishments, it's evident when speaking to Mikayla that she is an intelligent and humble young woman who realizes success isn't about money or titles, but about your attitude and the goals you work towards on a daily basis. When asked what her cookie goal is for the 2017 season Mikayla promptly responded, "My academics come first. So as much as I would like to set a higher goal, I plan to do my best and hope to come close to the amount I sold this year."
Her mother, Jennifer, is proud as can be of her 14 year-old Girl Scout go-getter. "Mikayla continues to amaze me!" she said. "When she's selling at the local stores, she asks every customer as they exit the building. She does it in such a way that the customer feels good, even if their answer is 'no.' In fact, many people have returned from the parking lot to buy cookies from her because they were impressed with her politeness." Mikayla's advice to her fellow Girl Scout cookie sellers is to put yourself out there and not be afraid of rejection.
Mikayla and her parents attribute much of her character-building and personality development to the Girl Scout Cookie Program, which teaches girls general life skills such as communication, teamwork, and goal setting. "Believe it or not, Mikayla used to be very quiet and shy. Her teachers put her in the back of the classroom, so she would have to project her voice." said Jennifer. "Girl Scouts has helped my daughter develop confidence and learn life-long skills." Not only has Mikayla become more confident and outspoken, her participation in the program has also provided her with knowledge that will take her far in life. In fact, the Girl Scout Cookie Program is known for teaching girls business skills such as marketing, money management, and business ethics. Mikayla's proficiencies will prove to be valuable to her future, especially when it comes to her career.
Mikayla plans to become a Pediatrician when she gets older. After getting the opportunity to volunteer at a local day care, she recognized her passion for children and knew she would work in the medical field someday. "Being a Veterinarian is my back-up plan," she said. "My family and I have a dog at home and one time when she got sick I was the only one she would respond to." It was in that moment Mikayla realized she would make a caring and capable animal doctor. Whatever path she decides to take, she'll surely use her talents and determination to make this world a better place.
Girl Scouts isn't just for every girl, but for everyone who acts or aspires to act like an everyday Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-Taker, and Leader (G.I.R.L) - like Mikayla.