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Junior Achievement Volunteers Recognized for Outstanding Service

On Thursday, June 12th, Junior Achievement of Greater Birmingham held its annual Volunteer Recognition Luncheon celebrating the partnership between area schools and businesses. In addition, JA also recognized its dedicated volunteers and teachers for outstanding service.  Many thanks to Regions Financial for hosting and donating their beautiful Executive Dining Room with its sweeping view of Birmingham and fabulous food.


The following individuals received “Above and Beyond” awards:

Teacher of the Year

Alison Hollingsworth, Hewitt-Trussville High School

JA Volunteer of the Year

Barbara Blackburn, Regions Financial

Rising Star

Hannah Kinderknect, Talladega Superspeedway

Elementary School Volunteer of the Year

Charlie & Jena Shell, Vestavia Hills Elementary East (Parent Coordinators)

Middle School Volunteer of the Year

Ty Harrington, Golden Flake Snack Foods

High School Volunteer of the Year

Melissa Reeves & Jamie Witte, eCo Credit Union


Two JA students were recognized for essay-based scholarships:

Peter Bolvig/BE&K Inc Leadership Award Winner

Caroline Amerson, Hoover High School

Gordon R. Lineberry Scholarship Winner

Denice Hernandez, Ashville High School


The following volunteers were recognized for their many years of service to the young people of Birmingham:

5 Years of Service

Michelle Blackwood, America’s First Federal Credit Union

Seth Cannon, Regions Financial

John Collier, Regions Financial

Janet Crittenden, Regions Financial

Laura Edwards, Parent Volunteer-Gwin Elementary School

Chris Eickholt, Parent Volunteer-Vestavia East

Shefali Patel, Regions Financial

Erica Pickett, Regions Financial

Justin Poole, PwC

Ashley Senn, Parent Volunteer-Vestavia Central

LaToya Struggs, Regions Financial

Chalane Tucker, Parent Volunteer-Creekview Elementary School

Chris Watson, Regions Financial

Jennefer Whisenhunt, Southern Natural Gas

Wendy Wood, Regions Financial


10 Years of Service

Mamie Clark, Regions Financial

Bertha Hall, Golden Flake Snack Foods

Wendy Hopping, State Farm

Deborah Moreland, Golden Flake Snack Foods

Brenda Williams, State Farm


15 Years of Service

Rick Rudden, AT&T

Randy Walker, AT&T

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