Inspirational Team T.A.B. Overcomes Hardships to Participate in JA Company of the Year Competition

Team: Tables Advertising Business (T.A.B.)

Location: Junior Achievement of Greater Birmingham

Student Story -Tiffany Hill, president, and Stephen Hall, vice president

One year ago, Stephen Hall and Tiffany Hill were polishing a presentation and preparing for the upcoming showcase of their Junior Achievement business at the 2011 Spirit of Free Enterprise Luncheon. But instead of doing that, they found themselves digging out of the rubble in their west Jefferson County neighborhoods after one of the most horrific tornado outbreaks in Alabama history. By the evening of April 27, 2011, both Tiffany and Stephen had lost their homes and worse, some of their neighbors, in the deadliest tornado outbreak in the history of Alabama.

"Living through the tornado was something Stephen and I both will never forget and we will forever be so thankful to all the people that helped us get through that time. Coming back to school and getting in my normal routine, really helped me bounce back," Tiffany said. "It is very hard for me to put into words how wonderful my experience in Junior Achievement has been. It has been so cool to learn that I am smart enough to create a business on my own and watch it grow. Thank you so much for helping me discover what a great feeling that is."

The Hueytown High School students, who just completed their senior year, had the opportunity to participate in the National Student Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C. from July 30-August 3, 2012. Tiffany and Stephen, along with their teammates, created a company that sold table-top advertising booklets to local restaurants. Their team 'Tables Advertising Business' specializes in print ads that provide small business with a unique method of reaching target audiences. They competed against 14 other teams from across the country for the title of Company of the Year.

"I saw some truly horrific things the day the tornado struck and it took me a little longer to get over what I and my family went through. I was withdrawn and quiet for a while, but I am OK today and like Tiffany, I am truly thankful for all the help from my friends and so many people through our community," Stephen said.

"I want to share my sincere gratitude for Junior Achievement.," Stephen said. "When I started JA as a junior in high school, I had no idea what I was going to do with my life. I knew nothing about the world of business, never even thought about it and now, thanks to JA, I will be enrolling in Faulkner University next Fall and majoring in business."

Students from Hueytown High School in Hueytown, Alabama pose for a picture with Congressman Spencer Bachus (R-Alabama), center, Congressional staff members, and President and CEO of Junior Achievement USA, Jack E. Kosakowski (right). The student team 'Tables Advertising Business (T.A.B.)' specializes in creating print ads that provides small businesses with a unique method of reaching target audiences. 

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