Part of the Kentucky National Energy Education Development Project
FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 6, 2016) — Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC) Secretary Charles Snavely today announced student energy projects from six Kentucky school districts have received top honors from the Kentucky National Energy Education Development (NEED) Project, and three student energy teams have earned national NEED awards.
Energy projects from 31 student energy teams were evaluated by an independent panel of educators and energy experts on student leadership, energy knowledge and community involvement. The 2016 awards were presented to outstanding and first-year entry project four categories.
Award recipients in the elementary-level category were Lyon County Elementary for Most Outstanding Project of the Year, and Shepherdsville Elementary in Bullitt County for Rookie of the Year.
In the junior-level category, Sayre Middle School in Lexington received the state’s Most Outstanding Project of the Year award and was also selected as the national Junior Runner-Up. Mason County Middle received the state award for Rookie of the Year and took the national Junior Rookie of the Year award.
Lloyd Memorial High School, located in Erlanger-Elsmere Independent School District, received the senior-level Most Outstanding Project of the Year award and was named the national senior school of the year.
First-year rookie category winners were Shepherdsville Elementary, Mason County Middle School and Hardin County Early College and Career Center for the senior level.
The awards were presented to students, teachers and honored guests during the 2016 Youth Summit and Awards Luncheon April 28 in Frankfort.
“I want to congratulate all of the students and teachers for participating in Kentucky’s environmental education programs,” said Snavely. “I encourage all students to continue to explore, question, and share your knowledge. Through projects such as NEED, you demonstrate leadership and an understanding of what it means to be stewards of our environment.”
Now in its ninth year, the annual Youth Summit is organized in partnership with the Kentucky Green and Healthy Schools Program (KGHS) and Kentucky NEED. Schools and students were honored for their efforts in both the KGHS program and for their energy projects organized through the NEED project.
The NEED project is a nonprofit organization with programs in all 50 states, the U.S.Territories and several other nations NEED has developed innovative materials and implemented programs that not only tech about energy, but also develop leadership and critical thinking skills. NEED is sponsored by both renewable and nonrenewable energy companies, federal, state and local agencies, energy consumers, and by national and state energy and education associations