An Oklahoma City girl who says she asks everyone she meets to buy Girl Scout cookies has broken the organization's decades-old sales record by a margin about the size of a Thin Mint. Katie Francis sold 18,107 boxes in the seven-week sales period that ended Sunday night. The previous mark was set by Elizabeth Brinton, who sold approximately 18,000 one year in the 1980s.
The sixth-grade student, who sold 12,428 boxes last year, told the Oklahoman last month that there were only three ingredients needed to rack up large sales: a lot of time, a lot of commitment, and asking everyone she met to buy. Her troop receives a share of the proceeds from the fundraiser and intends to donate to breast cancer research. The Oklahoman adds that this year's cookie-sale deadline was actually extended one week to March 30 due to winter weather; Katie hopes to reach the 20,000-box mark by then.