When you're really busy, sometimes you just have to stop and take a break. But a break is the last thing Erica Benjamin wants. While many teens are taking the summer off, Erica's summer is on.
"I like to keep busy," she said. "I don't like to be bored at all."
That attitude started when Erica was just a few years old, and it carried over when she joined the Girl Scouts in the second grade. Just like the other girls, she sold cookies every year. But, for her last year, things were a little different. At nearly 400 boxes, Erica sold the most cookies in her troop.
How did she do it? "I don't know," she said. "I guess it's because it was my last year selling cookies, I guess I just wanted to go all out with it."
She's gone all out with the patches too. Erica has earned several dozen, plus she's served as a delegate for the Girl Scouts at conferences in New York and California.
But her service doesn't stop there. Erica was recently honored by the United Way for volunteering at a local summer camp. "I just do it because I like to do that kind of stuff. I don't do it to get recognition. It's just something I like to do and I happened to get recognized."
She also turned up in a statewide magazine that honors teens for giving back to the community.
And, even though she didn't intend for it to, community service has paid off for Erica. She's headed to Georgia Southern University in the fall with a handful of scholarships, one of which is from the White House.
While at GSU, she'll play flute in the marching band, and major in education at GSU. She wants to be a math teacher, just like her mom.
And that's why Erica Benjamin is this week's WTOC Top Teen.
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