PEARLAND, Texas – A local Girl Scout is turning lemons into Lemonades after her story about a stolen pencil shot her into social media stardom. Since sharing her story, Taylor James, 7, has gained thousands of likes and followers on Instagram, as well as an invitation to be a guest on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”
“I met Ellen DeGeneres...It was nice. She gave me the giant pencil. It was funny,” said James.
Now she is using her newfound fame for a good cause: selling Girl Scout Cookies. James, a Girl Scout Brownie, is currently in her third year of the program. Her cookie pitch videos have thousands of views and hundreds of comments. This Girl Scout Cookie Season, James has sold more than 4,000 boxes of cookies, smashing her original goal of 2,000 boxes.
James enjoys earning Girl Scout badges for different activities like archery, painting and her favorite: STEM. During her three years in the program, she has learned about coding, engineering and even medical skills.
“When I grow up I want to be a science teacher because...you never know what’s going to happen, but something cool always happens,” said James.
The Girl Scout characteristics of courage, confidence and character are clearly evident in James. She will be celebrating her eighth birthday next month, but even at her young age, she has words of wisdom to share from her life experiences.
“Ask more than once...I would say just keep asking, and if they don’t give it back, hopefully someone else will give it back to you,” said James.
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