COLUMBUS – Columbus High School Junior Chloe Lippstreu recently surpassed her personal record with 1,269 cookie sales this year and plans to end her streak with a bang before graduating.
“I always have two goals. The first one is to get to a thousand and the second is to beat what I got last year,” Lippstreu said.
The 17-year-old sets a goal for herself annually with the mindset of besting her previous years’ record. She sold a total of 1,165 cookies in 2017, she said.
Her mother, Sally, is a huge supporter of her efforts and is the backbone of her success. Sally was once a Girl Scout and is glad to see her daughter make bigger achievements.
“She has gone farther than I have,” Sally said. “I am really proud of Chloe for making it as far as she did and we are a team when it comes to cookies. I am her chauffeur.”
Sally was formerly the assistant manager of Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska.
Every year, Chloe and Sally survey the community for hotspots to sell cookies. Most of her cookie sales stem from her list of clientele and their referrals.
Chloe began her Girl Scout journey in first grade. When her best friend joined, she grew curious and wanted to try something new.
During Chloe’s freshman year, she branched out from her troop and joined the Girl Scout Advisory Group (GSAG). It’s a group comprised of independent Girls Scouts with an outstanding number of cookie sales. These Girl Scouts are also given the responsibility of organizing programming for camps.
Chloe learned invaluable lessons throughout her journey. She said she learned how to manage money and market her products to people.
“We had to take no for an answer and take it as a good thing and to say thank you,” she said.
Next year will be Chloe’s last year as a Girl Scout before graduating from high school. Despite being left with mixed feelings about leaving the organization, she's already set additional goals for her senior year.
She plans to sell at least 2,000 cookies next year and achieve the Gold Award. She has to complete 85 to 90 hours of community service approved by the CEO of Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska.
“It’s a top award and it helps get scholarships,” Chloe said.
The proceeds from cookie sales go toward Girl Scout credits for trips and camps. Chloe will be heading to Colorado in the summer with other Girls Scouts for sightseeing and camping.
On top of being a motivated Girl Scout, Chloe is a lover of animals -- particularly horses. She's participated in numerous horse camps in the past and will be attending one in North Platte in the summer.
Chloe said she plans to pursue an education at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis after graduation.
“I am excited but sad at the same time because my customers would be sad too,” she said. “I think the thing i will miss most is going out to horse camp. It’s like a mini-vacation.”
Natasya Ong is the reporter of The Columbus Telegram. Reach her via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.