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Balancing work and school: Winsted teens do a super job at SuperValu
Jan. 6, 2014

By Starrla Cray
Staff Writer

WINSTED, MN – When they’re done with class at Holy Trinity High School in Winsted, the day isn’t over for Adam Stifter, Allison Condon, and Katie Albers.

All three juniors work at Glenn’s SuperValu in Winsted between 14 to 20 hours a week, earning money for cars and college.

“I think it’s a nice first job to have. It’s good pay, and it’s good work,” said Katie, the daughter of Deb Quast and Jeff Albers.

Katie and Allison (daughter of Jim and Kathy Condon) both serve as cashiers, while Adam (son of Robin Weibel and Mike Stifter) focuses on carry out and stocking.

Although the students enjoy their jobs, one drawback is having less time for homework.

“Some nights I stay up until 12 a.m., and some nights I don’t even get done,” Katie said.

“That’s what study hall is for,” Adam added.

Having a job limits time for extracurricular activities, too. Katie said she used to be in sports, but now mainly focuses on work and school. She also made time to volunteer at St. Mary’s Care Center in Winsted recently, and hopes to do so on a regular basis.

Allison, who works weekends and one Friday a month, participates in volleyball in the fall, and also babysits on the side.

The money she makes will likely go toward tuition at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Minneapolis/St. Paul someday.

“I’m planning to own my own bakery,” she said.

Katie and Adam are also saving for college.

“I’m thinking about majoring in psychology and becoming a therapist, but that could change,” Katie said.

Katie started working at Glenn’s SuperValu over a year ago, and recently used her earnings to purchase a car from her dad.

Buying a car is also a goal for Adam and Allison, who both had other jobs before working at Glenn’s. Adam’s first position was as a groundskeeper at Timber Creek Golf Course in Watertown, and Allison worked as a dishwasher at V’s Grill in Winsted.

“They’re both good jobs,” Allison said of V’s Grill and Glenn’s SuperValu.

For Adam, the best part of his job at Glenn’s is getting to know people from the community.

“The conversations are fun,” Allison added.

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