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LC CONWAY CHRONICLES Conway High School is hitting the lake The high school is starting a youth fishing team this spring BREANNA THOMPSON CONWAY CHRONICLES

Do you enjoy those hot summer days spent out on the lake with your friends fishing? The popularity of youth fishing has skyrocketed in the state of Missouri in the last six to seven years, and now the Conway High School is starting a Youth Fishing Team. “The fishing team will bring another opportunity for students to engage in our school culture and fellowship with peers and community members who share similar interests,” stated Principal Jaymes Wapp. Students that were passionate and interested in starting the club, Grant Cornelison and Hayden Wright, approached Mr. Wapp about the fishing team. Mr. Wapp recently had a prior student of his enroll at Drury University on a fishing scholarship. A fishing scholarship can open higher opportuni-

ties for students who may not have considered going to college. With that information in mind, Mr. Wapp readily agreed to help the students begin the establishment process of starting the club. “A lot of students at Conway were interested, and I thought it would be a great sport to get into. Bass fishing is becoming a bigger and bigger sport in Missouri and having it at Conway would be great to have for students who don’t enjoy playing other sports,” stated Cornelison. The boys are very dedicated to the sport of fishing. They want other people to enjoy fishing like they do. “First off, when I first started fishing I never thought I’d be where I am now. I enjoy it so much, and it fills in the space of fun, enjoyment, happiness, and peace that you can’t really get from other sports. For some kids love basketball or

baseball, but for me it’s being able to get out and fish. Whether it’s a good day of fishing or a bad day either way I still have fun and enjoy what I do,” stated Cornelison. The tournaments have already been set and the students are anxiously awaiting their arrival. Tournament dates and locations are as follows: March 17, 2019 Lake of the Ozarks, May 5, 2019 Table Rock Lake, June 2, 2019 Bull Shoals, and September 8, 2019 Table Rock Lake. In the opening youth event at Lake of the Ozarks, the National Youth Fishing Association is expecting 2,000-3,000 high school students to participate. Recently, the sponsors held a meeting to see if there is interest in the club. Over 40 people showed up to express interest. The next step is to gain sponsors to help with boats for upcoming tournaments. Requirements for the driver of

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Conway High School student Grant Cornelison, pictured here, is helping start a fishing club at Conway High School. the boats are: CPR certified, a hundred thousand liability insurance policy on the boat, and they

must pass a background check. If you or anyone you know is interested in helping with the boats

for tournaments, contact Grant Cornelison at 417533-2728 or Mr. Wapp at 417-589-2941.

Conway moms and sons bond during movie CLAIRE HOWE

CONWAY CHRONICLES With today’s hectic family lifestyles, many p a re n t s d o n ’ t g e t t o spend as much time

with their kids as they would like. The PTO, or parent teacher organization, of Ezard Elementary hosted a mother/son movie night, on March 2, to give the moms

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watching “Ralph Breaks the Internet.” The event was open to all boys preschool through sixth grade. Chantz said, “All our boy students had an opportunity to vote on which movie they wanted during their Library time. ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ won by a large majority! We had an area for our moms and sons to have their picture taken by a PTO volunteer or they could take a selfie.” The mother/son movie night was a

fundraiser for the PTO, so they would have money to put back into the school. Chantz explained, “The event cost $10 per mother/ son(s) to help cover the costs of pizza, popcorn and water that was served during the event. It also goes toward the insurance our group purchases to cover each event. One hundred percent of the money left over goes back in to doing things for our school!” See ‘MOVIE’/ page B5

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Conway Fire Department gets new truck JESSICA RIZOR

CONWAY CHRONICLES No one wants to be in a situation where help is needed, especially if it involves having to call the fire department. But, when the fire department is called people rely on fast help to save their life. A new addition to the Conway community is here to offer more help to get to locations in need in a quicker manner. The Conway Fire Department has recently pur-

chased a new fire truck to go on calls in Conway as well as surrounding communities. The new truck is stationed at Station 2 which is located in Philipsburg. The fire department received this truck from Williamson, New York. The truck cost the department $15,000. Five-thousand dollars of the money came from the Laclede County Community Development Tax Grant; the remainder of the money was loaned to the department on a no

interest short term loan from a private investor which will be paid back as the department gets more donations and revenue.

Ricky Savage, Fire Captain for the Conway Fire Department, said, “This truck will benefit the entire community as well as our

Movie The fundraiser was a huge success. Chantz s t a t e d , “ We h a d 7 0 moms and their sons attend the event bringing in $700. After all expenses were paid we made $254.43, which 100% will be used towards our school!” B r y c e Wi l l i a m s , a first grade student, explained, “My favorite part of the movie night was watching the movie and eating all the snacks. I also liked getting to spend time with my mom.” An event like this takes a lot of time, effort, and planning.

surrounding communities such as Lebanon, Niangua, and Marshfield as this truck can also be used as a tanker and haul water to a fire in addition to people and all the normal equipment we have on our pumpers. With a new truck now in the community, the fire department is now looking for more volunteer firefighters so they can have people to put on the truck. The fire department is in desperate need of vol-

unteers in the Philipsburg area especially since the addition of the new truck. If you or someone you know would like to donate to the cost of the new truck they can do so by mailing donations to P.O. Box 142 Conway, Mo 61632, or they can be dropped off at the Conway City Hall during regular business hours. In addition to donations, you can also pay your 2019 fire dues at the P.O. Box that is listed above or by taking the fire dues to City Hall.

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Chantz explained, “The PTO members who come to the monthly meeting, which is every third Thursday of each month, have been amazing at helping plan the Mother/ Son Movie night.” The PTO is open to any parent(s) that would like to get involved in the school. Chantz said, “Our next meeting will be March 21 at 6 p.m. in the Ezard Elementary Cafeteria. Everyone is welcome! We’re currently planning our Father/ Daughter Sweetheart Dance!”

Chantz stated, “The P TO s t r i v e s t o h e l p our families become m o re i n v o l v e d w i t h our school, and we encourage them to be a vital part of not only their child’s education but their lives out of school. Events like this give our parents a safe place to spend more quality time with their kids while coming together as a community to have fun!” It is so important for parents to be involved in their children’s school, and PTO is the perfect chance to do that.

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A mother and her son enjoy a night at Ezard Elementary School.

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