Brookshire Brothers Class of 2020

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the graduating class of 2020 is being sent off into the next chapter of their lives unlike any other class before them. We would like to congratulate all of the wonderful seniors who work for Brookshire Brothers. Not only have most of them missed out on their last sports season, prom, or even their commencement ceremonies; they have courageously served their communities on the front line during these difficult times. Below are the stories of a couple of our graduating seniors. 

Brianna Fregia is graduating from Kountze High School and works as a Cashier at Brookshire Brothers (#36) in Kountze, Texas. After graduation, she plans to attend the Lamar Institute of Technology to pursue a degree in Radiology.
 
How has working for Brookshire Brothers while attending school prepared you for the future?
Working at Brookshire Brothers has taught me many things, but mostly time management. It has also taught me to be a responsible adult and customer service skills.
 
Do you have a favorite memory while working at the store?
I’ve had many laughs while working for this company. My favorite memory is probably getting to see my everyday customers. It makes me smile when they remember my name, and they get to know me personally.
 
What has it been like working at the store during the COVID-19 Pandemic?
It has been a little crazy working during COVID-19. Most people have been so supportive and have steadily thanked me for all of my hard work which makes me feel good about myself.
 
What has it been like spending the last months of your senior year during the pandemic?
I never dreamed of my senior year ending the way it did, but I’ll always cherish the memories that I made while I could. At first, I was really upset, but during this, it just taught me that not everything in life goes the way we plan, but God has plans for our future and everything happens for a reason.
 
 
Another one of our graduates is Jacob Adams, a Stocker at Brookshire Brothers (#63) in Lorena, Texas. He is graduating from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering. After graduation, he will begin his career coordinating F-22 and F-35 flight tests for Lockheed Martin in Edwards AFB, California.
 
How has working for Brookshire Brothers while attending school prepared you for the future?
Time management has been a key skill to handle both school and work. I really had to learn how to make sure all my schoolwork got accomplished around my work schedule so that I did not fall behind. My next job is going to be pretty busy though, so I expect good time management skills to come in handy.      
       
Do you have a favorite memory while working at Brookshire Brothers?
Honestly, just working with great people and great customers. One of my funniest memories while working at the store was watching one of my manager’s hide in a tub of stuffed animals to scare one of the other managers. We knew it was coming, and his reaction was hilarious.
 
What has it been like working at the store during the COVID-19 Pandemic?
It’s been hectic at times, but it’s been nice to know that our actions are directly helping people. The customers have been great and very understanding, even when we were experiencing drastic shortages. We have had to adapt quite a bit to handle the pandemic at the store, and it’s nice to have the store filling back up.
 
What has it been like spending the last months of your senior year during the pandemic?
It’s definitely a weird feeling. You spend years hoping that school would get canceled, and then it happens at the most inconvenient time. It has affected a lot of our plans, such as our Senior Design Project and being able to walk the stage. We left for spring break not realizing that we wouldn’t see each other again, likely for years. My friends and I have learned to adjust though and have started hanging out virtually at least once a week. While it has been an unfortunate situation, we just have to keep moving along.
 
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POSTED BY Kenzie Promes