Every holiday season, one local restaurant in Tampa Bay becomes much more than a dinner destination. In fact, it becomes a full-fledged winter wonderland, proving that temperature is no match for a dedicated Chick-fil-A Operator’s holiday spirit and a couple billion artificial snow flakes. For visitors to the area who are just passing through, the restaurant’s display is a roadside marvel. For those who call Tampa home, visiting the wonderland that is Chick-fil-A Waters Avenue is a family tradition.
Hundreds of thousands of people in the Southeast are in the process of rebuilding their lives in the wake of Hurricane Michael’s destructive path. According to The Weather Channel, the Category 4 hurricane was the most powerful hurricane to ever hit the Florida Panhandle, leaving many displaced or without power from Florida to the Carolinas—some still dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Florence.
Remarkable Futures Scholarship winners come from all different backgrounds — people who overcame serious childhood illnesses, first-generation immigrants and parents returning to school to finish their degrees. What these winners all have in common is that they share Chick-fil-A’s values of leadership, service and teamwork.
When she was a child, Saskya Simon’s mother used to tell her, “the difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.” It’s a quote she has kept close to her heart, motivating her to work hard and be her best.
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As a freshman in high school, Anna King didn’t expect her life to be abruptly uprooted. After her father lost his job, he was out of work for nearly four years – a period of uncertainty and hardship that would alter her path for years to come. Eventually, after he secured a new job, King and her family moved to Florida and she began her senior year in a new state.