With just a few merit badges on her tiny vest and this being only her second year with the scouts, she went on to sell 3,181 boxes of Girl Scout cookies, became the highest selling Girl Scout in all of South Texas and garnered the title of Cookie Princess.
And for selling so many boxes of cookies, she’s accumulated a bevy of prizes, including a Samsung tablet, a laptop and Beats headphones.
But it took a lot of hard work and early mornings to climb to the top, and Cayenne’s family was there every step of the way to help out.
“Her, her papa and I on many mornings would get up and go to one of the convenience stores in town and sell. So many Saturday mornings we’d be over there and ready to go by 6 a.m.,” Janine Zander, Cayenne’s mother, recalled.
And 3,181 boxes of cookies is a lot to be hauling around, but that’s what dads and brothers are for, right?
Janine added, “Her brother, Caleb Zander, and her dad, Richard Zander Jr. were a tremendous help in loading and unloading cases of cookies from the house to the truck and back again each time she went selling.”
So beginning in the middle of January, Cayenne got busy and set up shop at Goliad Market Days to get things rolling.
She had six weeks and a goal: To sell 2,000 boxes and get her little hands on the top prize which was the laptop.
“We were on such a roll and doing so good that we just thought we’d try and hit 3,000. We would have liked to see her get Cookie Princess at least once,” Janine said.
So from Laredo to Victoria on down to the border, Cayenne beat out some 15,442 Girl Scouts and will be featured in the Girl Scouts 2014 ad campaign billboards.
“My husband and I, our mouths just dropped. He cried. I cried. And I was still trying to take pictures all at the same time,” Janine said.
Having to head out and sell cookies whenever she had time had it’s benefits. Cayenne learned money management, goal setting and business ethics.
Not too shabby for a second-grader.
Cayenne said, “I feel really happy because not too many people get to go up there and they announce who sold the most Girl Scout cookies.”
And surely she gets to familiarize herself with the product she’s selling. Which means trying out all the cookies herself and having her favorite.
“The Caramel Delights,” Cayenne said with a smile.
With Cayenne just getting started with the scouts, she seems pretty excited to continue for a few more years, and quite possibly becoming an ambassador when she enters high school.
But she has her own reasons for staying with the scouts.
“It’s fun and I like it because I get to spend time with my mom,” Cayenne said.
Cayenne also mentioned that she can send e-mails with her new tablet which she found to be rather fun. And who does an 8-year-old e-mail?
“My mom,” she said laughing loudly.
So there’s still quite a few months until next January when the girls will once again begin selling the cookies, but Cayenne already has a goal in mind.
Even if it’s a bit lofty.
“I was thinking that maybe I could sell double, but I don’t know that,” she laughed.
Cayenne seems very grateful for everything and the people who have supported her and helped her in reaching her goals.
And if she could, she would “go to the highest tower in Beeville and yell ‘Thank you’.”
Or maybe she could just send an e-mail.
Paul Gonzales is the entertainment writer at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 116, or at thescene@mySouTex.com.