Winners: ‘My Life, Powered by Conway Corp’

Beth Jimmerson
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Every year, Conway Corp celebrates public power by encouraging local students to show their energy smarts and participate in a poster, essay and video contest. Students in grades PreK-fourth were asked to create a poster on the theme “My Life, Powered by Conway Corp” while students in fifth-seventh grade and eighth-12th grades were asked to write an essay or create a video on the same theme. Prizes were awarded in each age category.  

Ida Burns Elementary School fourth-grader Brock Fimple won first place in the poster contest. He won a Conway Corp prize pack, trophy and a $100 donation for his school’s art program. 

In the digital video category, Conway Christian High School student Bo Cunningham won first place. His winning video can be viewed at ConwayCorp.com/EnergySmartContest. 

Ida Burns Elementary School fourth-grader Brock Fimple with his winning poster.

In the essay category, Max Owen won first place. He is a seventh-grader at Ruth Doyle Middle School. 

Students in the video and essay contest won cash prizes. Here is an excerpt from Max’s winning essay: 

“You walk into a retail store, whatever it is, and if there’s a sense of entertainment and excitement and electricity, you wanna be there.” — Howard Shultz. 

This quote reflects my life with Conway Corp in it. Conway Corp provides the wants and needs of my life, which provide entertainment and happiness. These days, energy is one of the needs and wants in our daily lives. Many Americans can’t make it through their day without using some kind of energy. Simple things like flushing the toilet, turning on the lights and refrigerating food use energy. The community of Conway is very lucky to have the fantastic energy company we have. Conway Corp runs many of the citizens’ of Conway’s lives by providing Wi-Fi, water and electricity. 

At 6:30 every morning, my iPhone rings to wake me up. My phone is powered by Wi-Fi. When I look at the weather on my phone every morning, it is powered by Wi-Fi. When I call someone on my phone, that is powered by Wi-Fi. Those are only a fraction of things that are powered by Wi-Fi in my life. Although Wi-Fi is used a lot in our lives, it is more of a want. However, water is a need. 

Taking showers, washing your hands and drinking water are powered by the water Conway Corp provides to us. After I go to baseball practice, I come home and get a tall glass of water. This would be a challenge without Conway Corp. Conway Corp gives my family the water we need to shower, cook, water plants and drink. Conway Corp makes everything easier. My family was thinking about moving outside of Conway; however, Conway Corp has influenced my family’s life so much that we keep coming back to the City of Colleges. 

Finally, one of the most important utilities to the millennials these days — electricity. Everyday activities are powered by electricity: turning on TVs, lights and charging your phones. Conway Corp provides the electricity to play the music on my phone and charge it. When I turn the TV on after I come home from school, that is powered by electricity. If I get cold, Conway Corp allows me to turn the heat on. 

All in all, Conway Corp makes life easier, and in the life we live in right now, Conway Corp runs many things. My life without Conway Corp wouldn’t be as rich. My family wouldn’t have as many wants in life such as electricity and Wi-Fi. We also wouldn’t have as many of our needs, such as heat and water. Just like what Howard Shultz said, electricity provides entertainment and happiness. Conway Corp provides electricity, water, heat and WiFi. These things provided by Conway Corp make our lives in the City of Colleges bright.

Congratulations to all the winners of the 2020 Energy Smart Poster, Essay and Video Contest, and thank you to all students who submitted an entry. Conway Corp is proud of these students who continue to remind us how integral Conway Corp is to our daily lives. We’ve been helping power area education since our creation in 1929, and we’re looking forward to another great school year.