MONTCLAIR, NJ --The 2020 Girl Scout Cookies got a fresh new look when the packaging was overhauled. Two girls from Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey (GSHNJ) are featured on two of this year’s Girl Scout cookie packages sold nationwide.

Samiyah A. and Christel B. are both Girl Scouts from Montclair chosen from thousands of applicants to grace the packages.

Samiyah appears on the new Lemon-UpsTM cookie package, while Christel is featured on the Thin Mints® box.

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Samiyah, a junior in high school, says Girl Scouts has opened the door to so many opportunities.

“It feels unreal to be selected,” she said. “I really can’t believe it. I sent in my photos without much belief that they would select me. My acceptance makes me believe I am capable of achieving many things.”

Christel, a freshman at The College of New Jersey in Ewing who is studying nursing and is an ROTC Army cadet, was chosen for a different reason.

She was asked to help with the younger girls during the photo shoot, and ultimately became part of the shoot.  “I received an email asking for assistance on the set to watch the younger girls,” Christel said. “When they asked me to participate, I jumped at the opportunity. I can’t believe I’m on the box!” 

Both girls, who have been involved in Girl Scouts for years, said the many programs and opportunities in Girl Scouting have taught them about community involvement, leadership, helping others, and the many doors that are open to girls. 

The Girl Scout Cookie Program officially began on Tuesday. Support your local Girl Scouts and share a Jersey smile with the girls on the box.