The grand prize winner for the Girl Scout “Bling Your Booth," contest was announced on March 27. The Chillicothe Girl Scout Troop 484 was the winner. The “Bling Your Booth,” contest was a contest designed to encourage troops to better showcase their girl scout cookie business to customers by creating flashy and clever signage for their cookie booths. Troops could also use lights as well as other types of “bling” for their booth decor. Troop 484 created signage based off of the periodic table of elements. They made a periodic table of cookies. Amanda Hall, leader of Troop 484, said the troop wanted to do something science related because a lot of the girls in her troop are interested the Science Technology Engineering Mathematics program. Also, the council set the theme for the contest as “Lead Your Change,” and one change the girls in the troop would like to see in the world is more women in STEM related careers. The “Bling Your Booth,” contest consisted of four “Bling Friday” competitions and then a final grand championship competition. For four consecutive weeks, Girl Scout troops in the north east Kansas and north Missouri council competed against each other. Each troop posted a picture of their “blinged out” booths on Facebook and people voted for their favorite booth by using their Facebook accounts. The Chillicothe Girl Scout Troop 484 won the first “Bling Friday” and the last “Bling Friday” competition. For each week a troop won first place, they received $100 in cookie “dough.” Since Troop 484 won twice, they received $200. They are planning to spend their “dough” by going to a Girl Scout camp this summer. Weekly winners were also put into the grand championship round on the fifth week. The grand championship round worked like previous rounds where each troop’s booth was voted for on Facebook. Troop 484 competed against approximately 2,000 other troops to win the “Bling Your Booth” contest. As their grand prize, the troop won an all-expenses paid “Bling Party.” This party was a girl scout green carpet (similar to hollywood red carpet) experience. The troop decided to have their Bling Party at Fast Lanes bowling alley, and used the Celebrations event hall located in the same building for the dinner part of their night. The troop started bowling at 3 p.m. on Sunday and then later that evening they enjoyed a meal catered by Jersey’s in the Celebrations event hall and a candy bar was set up also. Girls could take as much candy as they could fit into their goody bags. The troop also received swag bags which included sunglasses, big plastic lips and other fun nick-nacks. Girl scout CEO, Joy Wheeler, traveled from Kansas City to come to Troop 484’s “Bling Party,” as well. Wheeler congratulated the troop and spent time talking to the girls about why they enjoy girl scouts and their future hopes and dreams. There are 15 fourth grade girls in the troop: Sarah Hall, Elizabeth Lance, Libby Gramenz, Anna Fisher, Kelsi Kirkpatrick, Madison Kieffer, Serene Wilson, Gabby Wigchert, Brittney Oster, Savannah Moffatt, Madonna Tennis, Annsley Christy, Ryleigh Greer, Dana Ramsbottom and Ari's Suddith. The troop leader is Amanda Hall, and troop leader assistants are Malinda Kieffer, Angie Kirkpatrick, Janel Gramenz, Emily Fisher and Theresa Lance “I’m very proud of my girls and I’m proud of the leader involvement and parent involvement we have in our troop,” Hall said. In addition to winning the “Bling Your Booth” contest, the troop also sold over 2,000 boxes of cookies this year. The troop also wanted to thank Orschelns for letting them set up their booths there.