Twelve-year-old Najah Lorde is no ordinary Girl Guide. She’s a Queen’s Scout who was recently celebrated as New York City’s “cookie queen”, having sold 2,833 boxes of cookies to become the city’s top seller.
Lorde, whose dad Donovan Lorde is Barbadian, is also of Jamaican descent. One of our readers, Chezie Lord, recently drew her story to our attention and today we reproduce Najah’s full feature carried in the New York Daily News as part of our ongoing series Bajans Living Overseas.
by Lisa L. Colangelo
Najah Lorde, 12, has become the top Girl Scout cookie seller in the five boroughs. She sold more than 2,800 boxes of the sweet treats this year. That’s a lot of cookie dough!
Najah Lorde, of Queens, sold 2,833 boxes of Girl Scout cookies — making her the top seller in the city.
The enterprising 12-year-old, who sold 1,111 boxes last year, peddled the famous Thin Mints, Trefoils and other sweet treats to school chums, members of her church and family members.
She also brought her sales sheet along when she went with parents Deanne and Donovan Lorde to their jobs at SUNY Downstate Medical Centre in Brooklyn.
“I didn’t do anything differently from last year,” said the seventh-grader at Divine Wisdom Catholic Academy in Douglaston. “I was just more determined.”
Lorde went head to head with 11-year-old Olivia Cranshaw, the reigning cookie queen, who sold more than 1,800 boxes last year.
“I’ve been trying to reach my goal and sell over 2,000 for the last three years,” said the pint-sized sales wiz. “Najah did a very good job. I am going to try for an even higher number next year.”
Lorde, who lives in Springfield Gardens, said she also received an outpouring of support after the Daily News featured an article on the girls’ good-natured rivalry in December.
“They saw the article and called me,” she said. “They wanted to support me and help me reach the top.”
The cookie queen, who belongs to Troop 4287, admitted she “screamed” and “ran all over the house” when she found out she was the top seller in the city.
Najah received a Nintendo Wii as her reward for being the top seller, while Cranshaw nabbed an iPad mini.
Cranshaw, who recently turned 12, said she donated her sales to her Girl Scout troop so they could take a camping trip in the warmer months.
“I’m going to try for a higher number next year,” Cranshaw said. “Maybe 2,500 boxes.”
Najah’s father said he was impressed by his young daughter’s focus in recent weeks.
“She really put in a lot of work,” said Donovan Lorde, adding with a laugh: “She drove her mother and myself crazy, but we’re very proud.”
(Adapted from the New York Daily News)