Bellus Academy Massage Therapy Instructor Evelyn Conway Wins New Chevy in Great Clips “Cosmetology Educator Appreciation Month”
MANHATTAN, Kan.–Bellus Academy massage therapy instructor Evelyn Conway recently “drove off” with the top prize in a Great Clips raffle drawing celebrating Cosmetology Educator Appreciation Month. Conway’s raffle ticket was randomly selected to win a Chevy Cruse LS in the drawing that attracted more than 1,400 entrants. Bellus Academy students and staff along with representatives from Great Clips and Hendricks Motorsports surprised Conway with an oversize check on Monday, July 6, entitling her to the new vehicle.
While the drawing was random, those who work with Conway say it would have been hard to find a more deserving recipient. Conway has struggled to overcome injuries from a serious auto accident she suffered in 2012 caused by another driver. As she recovered, Conway also began making regular trips to Illinois to support a sister undergoing chemotherapy appointments. Conway purchased a large vehicle to “feel safe” following her accident, but soon found the long distance care-taking visits were causing her fuel expenses to soar. “The new vehicle will allow her to conserve gas,” said Bellus Academy Director David Yocum adding, “And she’ll get there in style!”
Amid the challenges of recovery and care-taking, Conway remains committed to nurturing her students and helping them achieve their personal best in the cosmetology and massage therapy classroom. “I’ve never met anybody who is as passionate about the learning experience as Evelyn,” said Yocum. “She is a role model for students, showing how the beauty industry provides opportunities for creativity, entrepreneurship and caregiving.” Among the innovations Conway has developed are a gel mascara remover and nail polish remover.
After more than two decades of teaching, Conway says the beauty industry continues to give her new insights and inspiration. “You’re constantly learning in this business and discovering ways to grow both personally and professionally,” she said.
And what does Conway think about her new “wheels”? Conway was speechless for nearly a minute after being presented with the check, then exclaiming, “I’m ecstatic; this means so much.”