3 Miami Valley seniors awarded energy leadership scholarships

May 19, 2015 | Posted in Energy Education

DP&L teamed up with Vectren to award three $1,000 scholarships to high school seniors interested in careers in energy. The scholarship recipients were announced recently at Ohio Energy Project’s Youth Energy Celebration in Columbus.

Congratulations to Hailey Kemp of Oakwood High School (pictured above); Lane Lucas of Greeneview High School; and John Tsatalis of Centerville High School, this year’s scholarship recipients. (Note: Lucas and Tsatalis were not able to attend the award celebration due to in-school testing. We will present their scholarships at a later date.)

Hailey Kemp, Oakwood High School

Kemp plans to attend Bowling Green State University and study middle childhood education with a focus in science and math. “I will incorporate energy topics into my classroom, serve as a future energy team advisor and promote sustainability throughout my school and community to make steps towards an energy efficient future.”

Lane Lucas, Greeneview High School

As president of his school’s Green Club, Lucas focused on improving energy efficiency for the school and learned how to perform energy audits. Lucas will attend The Ohio State University and major in nuclear engineering. “I believe that nuclear power will one day be the easiest form of usable energy and with some modifications, the cleanest also. I believe that nuclear power is the solution for the ever growing energy problem in the modern world and I want to develop it to its full potential.”

John Tsatalis, Centerville High School

Tsatalis will major in economics at Cornell University. “Understanding the importance of energy conservation has formed me into a better leader. Efficiency is a trait that all effective leaders share and my energy-related activities have taught me this valuable lesson. I will leverage this lesson while working in the business field, hopefully in the energy sector.”

Teacher Awards

Two area teachers were also honored for their participation in energy education. Chris Dodds of McClain High School in Greenfield received the DP&L Teacher Award 2015 and Amy Kochensparger of Eaton High School was the recipient of the Vectren Teacher Award 2015.

DP&L’s commitment to energy education

Each year, DP&L teams with Vectren to hold an Energy Fair teaching young people about energy efficiency through hands-on sessions that allow high school students to mentor their younger counterparts. In addition, DP&L has sponsored the Be E3 Smart energy efficiency program since 2009. As a result, more than 50,000 energy efficiency kits have been sent home through the classroom. And this is the third year DP&L is supporting the Activating and Energizing Girls in Science Energy Bike building program. Learn more about DP&L’s energy education efforts.

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