2013-05 - Joseph Conway

Kind, generous and caring are words used to describe Joseph Conway of Coventry. Each year the eighteen year old gets everyone into the holiday spirit by creating a huge Christmas light display.

"My light display consists of 33,000 lights. My main reason for putting up the display is seeing the kids smile," states Conway. But, the festivities go beyond those smiles; Conway donates the money he raises to worthy causes like the Tomorrow Fund and Coventry Food Bank. It is that spirit and dedication that has made Conway the eighth Metta Student winner.

Conway's guidance counselor Amy Siemmao nominated him saying, "Joe is the type of young man that you can expect will help others because he truly wants to. His reward is not a grade for a project, or doing community service hours because they are required, it is him making a difference. I have known Joe for about eight years, as both his elementary teacher and now his guidance counselor, he is compassionate, generous, courteous, inclusive, and bright."