TCHS Students Welcome Kroger President

Cardinal Kroger Ribbon Cutting

Participants in Taylor County High School’s award-winning Cardinal Kroger program welcomed Ann Reed, president of The Kroger Company, to a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, September 16.

“Our senior-level Cardinal Kroger members have been hard at work the past three weeks putting this event together and getting ready for the store to open,” said Ethan Watkins, Cardinal Kroger’s assistant manager, who recognized each senior member of the staff during the ceremony.

Hillary Karnes, Katie Floyd, Dawson Propes and Seth Russell are senior cashiers; Carson Floyd, Aidan Cox, Gabe Wooden and Jacob Milby are members of the senior stock crew; Zane Parker is senior head of stock; Ayden LoPiccolo is store accountant; Jadyn Bell is director of social media; Peyton McCubbin is director of marketing and Josh Gaddis is store manager.

Gaddis offered his thanks to Reed for attending the ceremony, and gifted her a Cardinal Kroger pullover matching the one students wear when working in the store. “I was hoping I would get one of these,” Reed said, donning the shirt for the rest of her visit. “Thank you, and thank you for putting this ceremony together.” During the ribbon cutting, Kroger gifted the school-based enterprise with a $500 check to help with the store!

Additional thanks were accorded to Kristi Wilcher and Barry McCubbin, leaders at the Kroger stores located in Green River Plaza and on Broadway, for their help with the interview process store staff must go through, as well as to Clark Beverage Group and Frito-Lay for helping keep the store stocked with big sellers like drinks and chips.

Charles Cox, the junior class manager at Cardinal Kroger, introduced his junior-level staff and said they were looking forward to learning more about the store’s daily operations throughout the school year.

Madalyn Nolley, Lily Dudgeon, Rayna Taylor and Cael Miracle are junior cashiers; Jonathan Simmons, Brad Norman, Noah Dabney and Chris Murphy are members of the junior stock crew; Ben Sadler is junior head of stock and Addy Durham is a marketing assistant.

The store currently offers TCHS students over 200 different items to choose from, with roughly 50 drinks and 150 food choices available.

Marcus Rodgers, Business Teacher at TCHS and Cardinal Kroger sponsor, says “Cardinal Kroger provides a unique learning opportunity for our students to develop life skills in a very realistic and hands-on approach. I am very proud of the work that my students put into hosting the ribbon cutting event. We are thankful for all of the local supporters who attended the event and especially thankful to have the Kroger President in attendance.”

Anyone interested in keeping up with the work students are doing in the program can follow on Instagram.

Ribbon Cutting

Kroger Ribbon Cutting

Ribbon Cutting

Ribbon Cutting





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