How Girl Scouts Gave Me Confidence by Mackenzie Carey

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My mother has always been my leader. My family has always supported girl scouting. I am a 4th generation Girl Scout and now a lifetime member. But these are only what brought me to girl scouting. My journey began just before entering elementary school.Receiving the Golden Ticket to Hollywood on the 2018 reboot of American Idol is the culmination of a dream I had when I was 4 years old and watch the first American Idol crowned. The very next week when I graduated from Berri Patch Pre School, I announced to everyone, I was going to be the “the American Idol, call me!”.

Fast forward 15 years and the dream became a reality when I auditioned at the very first open call in Orlando August 2017.

Up to that time, I participated and entered contests near and wide in pursuit of a dream, being named Palm Bay Pee Wee Idol 2010, Palm Bay Idol 2011, Funtown Talent winner 2012, 2016 Nash Next Winner in the Melbourne Cumulus Market.

I graduated from Bayside High in 2016 and I am a Lifetime Girl Scout Alumni and active Girl Scout Leader.

I have been featured at the Johnny Mercer Theatre as a headlining performer, opened for Easton Corbin at Sea World and opened the Runaway Country Music Festival in March 2018 on the main stage.

But there is more: I always wanted to sing! And Girl Scouts gave me the most opportunities. From singing for cookie sales at booths, to Citrus Idol, to performing at Disney Springs Mainstage to Sea World Cookie Kick Off and then to the American Idol audition with Luke Bryan in Savannah Ga. I was able to host a whole troop of Girl Scouts at the auditions and they were featured on American Idol’s instagram and in Episode 5 of Season 1 on ABC! Check it out on Hulu!

As a result, I recently performed for 11,000 Girl Scouts in July at the Savannah Girl Scout Quest, for the Savannah tourism bureau and made my national debut @Wolftrap October 29, 2018, in Vienna, VA.

I can be followed at all social media platforms including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at MackenzieCareyMusic. Here are some links to my music:

Www.Facebook.com/mackenziecareymusic
<http://www.facebook.com/mackenziecareymusic>

www.Youtube.com/macklolful <http://www.youtube.com/macklolful>

www.instagram.com/mackenziecareymusic

If it wasn’t for Girl Scouts and the support of Citrus Council, I may not have ever auditioned for American Idol.