Shelbyville senior pens winning essay

November 20, 2010 REPORT

Published: Saturday, November 20, 2010 8:06 AM US/eastern

Shelbyville High School senior Dana "Danny" Barrow received a surprise visit and a  $1,000 U.S. Savings Bond on Thursday from officials at First Financial Bank.

Barrow won first prize in an essay contest sponsored by First Financial as part of celebrating the opening of its new banking center at 1850 Marketplace Blvd.

According to First Financial, the topic of the essay, "What Success Means to Me," was intended to reflect the bank's emphasis on helping clients take "another step on the path to success."

Entries were judged by a panel of First Financial associates. In his essay, Barrow wrote about his desire to attend college and study for a career as a homicide detective and how doing a good job in his chosen profession will spell success.

He said success for him won't mean "big bucks or owning a big house with a garage full of fancy cars. To me, it's going above and beyond normal expectation. I can see the dream, and now I just have to persevere with diligence to achieve it."

Sharon Rowsey, assistant vice president and banking center manager, and David Phares, commercial relationship manager at First Financial, visited the school to present Barrow with his prize.

"We are proud to be part of Shelbyville, and we're pleased to make an important investment in the future of our community," Rowsey said in the news release.

"The essays submitted by Shelbyville High School students were really impressive. It's exciting to see what they envision for their future and how they plan to achieve their goals."

First Financial also gave $500 to Barrow's AP English teacher, Ann Murphy, who helped guide her students through the essay process.

Murphy will use the gift for classroom materials.

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