Samantha Rountree is the new trainee at Augusta Dairy Queen. She wears the same uniform as her co-workers and she receives the same training as the others, but she's a little bit more special to the owner/operators of the popular eating establishment.
Bob Rountree's legacy continues as his successful family business thrives with the addition of his great-granddaughter.
Samantha is Ross and Kathy Rountree's granddaughter, and the fifth generation to work in the family business.
The Rountree family has owned the Augusta Dairy Queen for 60 years. The restaurant was first opened in 1953 by Bob and Thelma Rountree, and is currently operated by their sons and wives, Rex and Rhonda, Ross and Kathy, and Kim and Betsy.
Samantha is the daughter of Scott, who is Ross and Kathy's son. She is a sophomore at Augusta High School.
Ross said, "We're excited to have her here - she's the first in her generation to be working here."
Ross explained that his grandmother Phylis owned a restaurant and later worked for her son Bob.
"I can remember slicing onions and potatoes with her -- lots and lots of potatoes for french fries," he smiled.
Along with generations of Rountrees, other Augusta youths began earning money at the DQ when they were 16, too. The management has always been flexible in accommodating school schedules and it's a great place to learn critical job skills - no matter what career path is chosen.
Stop by and meet Samantha Rountree and say "hi" to her proud grandparents.