WILLARD -- Maya Moody is the top Girl Scout cookie-seller in Utah.
She came close the year before, finishing second -- and was determined to nab the top spot this year.
So door by door, street by street, Maya, 11, of Willard, ventured out for two solid weeks, selling cookies in Northern Utah. She ended up selling 5,024 boxes -- an increase of almost 1,500 boxes from 2010.
"For my troop, I earned $1,800, I think, money so we can do stuff. I get cookie credits to go to camp and to buy stuff for me, and I get to be on TV," Maya said.
The annual cookie drive is a fundraiser for Girl Scouts; all of the money received from the sales stays with Girl Scouts of Utah. Maya raised more than $17,000 for the state Scouting program.
She had shown a natural ability to sell the cookies since she first joined Girl Scouts over five years ago.
"The first year, she sold 500, and then she doubled it every year after that," said Brandy Moody, Maya's mother.
This year, Maya recruited friends, family members and other volunteers. Her bus driver and family friends passed out forms for her.
"I would go out with my brother, while my mom followed on one side (of the street) and my grandma drives," said Maya.
After two weeks, she had broken the 5,000-box barrier and finished first in the state by almost 1,000 boxes over the runner-up.
She says she knew it took an entire team to reach her winning sales total. "I want to thank everyone that sold for me and everyone that bought from me," said Maya.
The family didn't realize the magnitude of the effort until 418 cases of cookies were delivered to the Moodys in the last few weeks. Maya had to use her grandmother's house as a storage facility.
Cases of cookies covered couches and the kitchen, waiting to be unboxed and sorted by Maya and family.
All of the orders have been delivered, and Maya said she expects to increase her sales in 2012.
"We are going to try and get 6,000 and see where the second person gets. Because I still have got six years (in Girl Scouts)," Maya said.
The Girl Scouts are not done selling cookies this year -- Maya's troop will have a cookie booth set up through March 27 at Valley Market, 2555 Wolf Creek Drive, Eden. Similar booths have sprouted up throughout Utah.
Alyssa Snyder, of Ogden, and Jessica Staton, of Layton, who are friends, tied for third place in the state with 3,452 boxes sold.
Kellie Englehardt, communications specialist for Girl Scouts of Utah, said the two girls kept in touch with each other and found they had similar sales numbers. The two friends decided to split the sales between them for the third-place tie.