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Video: Record-breaking Oklahoma Girl Scout Katie Francis talks about her cookie sales experiences

by Brandy McDonnell Published: April 21, 2014

Girl Scout cookie sales record-breaker Katie Francis poses for a photo at OPUBCO, Thursday, April 10, 2014. Photo by Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman
Girl Scout cookie sales record-breaker Katie Francis poses for a photo at OPUBCO, Thursday, April 10, 2014. Photo by Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman

Oklahoma City Girl Scout Katie Francis, 12, joined me in the NewsOK video studio last week to talk about her experiences breaking the national record for most Girl Scout cookies sold in a single season.

The Hefner Middle School sixth-grader sold 21,477 boxes of cookies during the course of this year’s cookie sale, crumbling the recording of 18,000 set in the 1980s by Elizabeth Brinton.

“We were planning a party for everybody in our troop and friends and stuff, but we haven’t actually had time to do that yet,” said Katie’s mom, DeLee Francis.

“We’ve been very busy,” Katie added.

If you’ll recall, I sat down with Katie back in February as she was embarking on her attempt to break the national record after busting the state cookie sale record two years in a row. To read that earlier interview, click here.

Her first year as a Girl Scout, Katie moved a respectable 2,004 boxes, but in her second season, she sold 7,482 and broke the state sales record. Last year, she set out to smash her own mark, selling 12,428 boxes, prompting her to set her sights on Brinton’s national record.

The girl, who celebrated her 12th birthday last month with Thin Mint- and Samoa-flavored cupcakes, said it never occurred to her to stop selling cookies, not even when the national media offered to whisk her away to New York.

“My original goal was 18,100, and I did that one week before the sale ended … and the total for that day was 18,107 by the end of the day,” Katie said.

“I started dancing around. I was just really, really excited. Then, we told our troop leader, and our whole entire troop just came to me – ‘cause I was at a booth sale – and they threw a party with me. They gave me cake, balloons, flowers, and they were all just really happy for me.”

The girl, who celebrated her 12th birthday last month with Thin Mint- and Samoa-flavored cupcakes, said it never occurred to her to stop selling cookies, not even when the national media offered to whisk her away to New York.

“Once I hit 18,000, I decided, ‘OK, I’ll keep on selling and see how much further I can go,’ and then I raised up my goal to 20,000. And then when I got that, I upped it up to 21,000,” she said.

“The ‘Today’ show called and wanted her the last week of the cookie sale, after (she hit) the 18,107,” added her mom, DeLee Francis.

“So, Katie had to make a decision whether she would still keep trying for the highest number or ‘Today’ show, and so she chose to keep selling.”

Katie’s record-crumbling efforts still were mentioned on “Today,” “Good Morning America” and even on the BBC.

“I got really excited and started saying, ‘Oh, the Queen could’ve heard about me!,’” Katie said with a giggle.

“It’s very possible,” her mom said, laughing with her. “Isn’t that something?”

And they still got to make Katie’s first trip to the Big Apple. After the cookie sale ended March 30, they flew to NYC to do interviews with “Fox & Friends,” “Inside Edition” and Canada’s CTV, as well as with the magazines Bon Appetit, Parents and Entrepreneur. They even made time on their four-day jaunt to visit tourist spots like the Metropolitan Library, Grand Central Station and Broadway.

“I got to go to the Girl Scouts national headquarters, and the CEO herself even let me tour her office – and that was really, really cool. I also spoke at a board meeting, and then we also went to the Girl Scout shop and museum. And we found the time to go see ‘Newsies,’ and our hotel was actually right next to Times Square, so every day we got to see that and it was really cool,” Katie said.

“It was very exciting. It was really big.”

However, the Oklahoma girl didn’t appear on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” which spoofed her success in a bit that featured an actress playing Katie. Her mom said Katie’s reaction to someone else pretending to be her on TV was comical.

“She saw it on her iPad and she pulled it up, and she didn’t know a thing about it. So she’s sitting there going, ‘Fake! It’s a fake me!,’” her mom  said with a laugh.

“Now that I’ve gotten used to it – it’s actually pretty funny now,” the girl added.

Of course, she thinks her own parody is funnier: Katie accepted an invitation from Mashable.com to play herself as a cutthroat cookie peddler who has her mom read from Sun Tzu’s “The Art of War” and makes grown flunkies cry when their quarterly reports aren’t up to her standards in a video skit that has been viewed more than 27,000 times on YouTube. You can see the Mashable.com video below, along with my video interviews with Katie.

And click here to read my latest interview with Katie.

-BAM

by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1...
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