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Ryan Pursel makes popcorn sales record

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The Cub Scouts in Truckee, Pack 734 and part of the Nevada Area Council have a top notch salesman: Ryan Pursel. Ryan, from Den 11 sold $4,005 of popcorn, to support the Nevada Area council which serves more than 14,500 youth throughout Northern Nevada and Eastern California. This year was the highest retail sales in the history of the council. The boys sold $528,125 worth of popcorn. Seventy percent of the sales, $369,687, goes directly back to the council to be used throughout the year. The money is used to put on activities, camps and awards.

Ryan is 8 years old and is in the second grade at Truckee Elementary. He has been in the Cub Scouts since first grade. Pack 734 sold a total of $19,655. He was the top seller in the Sierra district and earned a Nintendo DS, numerous WalMart giftcards and a giftcard to gamestop. He then earned a scholarship for college for selling more than $2,500 and was invited to the $1,500 recognition dinner and Bighorns game in Reno in January. Ryan was part of the flag ceremony and at half time the top sellers were introduced to everyone in the stadium. He won a $100 gift card and a free camp stay.

The popcorn sales start in the fall and end around the end of October. Sales do go throughout the year online. To order visit orderpopcorn.com.

The children receive a prize according to how much they sell, even starting at one tin. They also have show and sells. The Dens take turns selling popcorn in front of Safeway.

Boys can join from first through fifth grade. Contact Nina Krommenhoek at 550-8614 or e-mail Krommenhoek@sbcglobal.net.

Ryan said he “felt really excited at the Bighorns game and was nervous for them to win.”

When asked how he sold so much popcorn he said, “A lot of hard work and I asked the big man at the hospital.” Tahoe Forest Hospital was the biggest buyer for Ryan. Thanks to Bob Schapper from Ryan.