PHOENIXVILLE - A Spring City teenager was the recipient of a scholarship award given by her employers at Petrucci's Ice Cream & Water Ice Friday evening.
Approximately 20 friends, family and co-workers were present to witness Alicia Kolb, 15, of the 100 block of Alackness Road, Spring City, receive the award from John and Mary Colarusso of Petrucci's.
"We planned this occasion while she was working so she wouldn't suspect a thing," said John Colarusso. "It was nice that her family could be here for this event."
Kolb was equally surprised in winning the award. "I knew there was a scholarship, but I didn't fill out the paperwork for it. It totally slipped my mind. I saw that my family was here and I was thinking, 'Why did they choose this evening to come visit me?' This was a total surprise for me."
Along with the award, Kolb was presented an ice cream cake, which she proceeded to serve her well-wishers.
Basking in Kolb's achievement were her parents, Don and Levan Kolb, her little brother, Ethan Kolb, grandmother Gladys Kolb, grandparents Marty and Pat Gratzinger, uncle Mike Gratzinger and aunt Debbie Gratzinger.
Kolb has been employed at Petrucci's since May 2004. She will be entering her sophomore year at Owen J. Roberts High School.
While in school earlier this year, Kolb said a friend of hers mentioned that Petrucci's was hiring.
"My friend who works here told me that they were hiring," she said. "I decided I'd come by here to get a job."
Noting that coming to work at Petrucci's "isn't a chore," Kolb said she enjoys working with all of the employees, especially "Mr. & Mrs. C."
"This is my first job ever and I like working with the employees," she said. "This is a fun place to work. My favorite thing here is making banana splits."
After high school, Kolb said she would like to become a cosmetologist.
"I care a lot about the way I look, and so I want to make other people look good as well," she said. "I have fun coloring my mom and my sister's hair."
As far as colleges go, Kolb said she would like to further her education in the Lock Haven area.
"I would like to be close to my great grandfather and other relatives in that area," she said. "I don't get the opportunity to see them on a regular basis. I would be nice."
For now, Kolb said she will see her hours change from 25-30 hours a week to about half of that during the school year.
"I'll be going to one day during the week, along with Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays," she said. "I'll miss the extra hours, but my school work is important to me."
John Colarusso, Kolb's supervisor, spoke highly of his award-winning employee.
"She's an exceptionally good kid," he said. "She has a great attitude and is very proficient at customer service. She's very mature for someone of her age. She was chosen out of ten employee that were eligible for the scholarship."
Colarusso said employees like Kolb are hard to find during seasonal employment.
"In a business that is seasonal, you need excellent employees like Alicia that are both flexible and reliable," he said. "When she says she will be here, she is always here. She brings a personal commitment to our business that truly sets her apart from the others. She gives us employers in the borough a glimmer of hope that there are kids out there that want to work hard. We've been blessed to have her here. She is someone the community should be proud of."