NASHVILLE The Department of Economic and Community Developments Tennessee Energy Education Network (TEEN) held their annual Energy Education Awards Luncheon on May 13, 2010 at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Nashville. More than 100 students and teachers statewide attended the event which recognizes winners in TEENs Energy Art Project and the National Energy Education Development (NEED) Youth Awards for Energy Achievement Competition.
TEEN, in partnership with the Tennessee Valley Authority and Tennessee Department of Education, sponsored an Energy Art Project for students in second and seventh grades earlier this year. The contest, Think Clean, Think Green, Its in the Bag!, asked students to create a design for a reusable shopping bag. First place winners received $500, second place winners received $300, and third place winners received $200, while the six winning teachers-sponsors received $200 for the classroom.
Energy Art Project Winners:
- Jessica Brady, Spring Hill Elementary School, Spring Hill 1st Place, Second Grade
- Caley Harris, Huntingdon Primary School, Huntingdon 2nd Place, Second Grade
- Alaina Francel, Jack Anderson Elementary School, Hendersonville 3rd Place, Second Grade
- Tate Butler, Bethel Springs Elementary School, Bethel Springs 1st Place, Seventh Grade
- Lauren Whiteman, Freedom Middle School, Franklin 2nd Place, Seventh Grade
- Boyoung Nam, West Valley Middle School, Knoxville 3rd Place, Seventh Grade
Their artwork will be reproduced on reusable shopping bags and distributed in the communities of the winning students. Winning energy art contest projects are displayed at http://www.tn.gov/ecd/CD_energy_educa....
For the NEED awards, teachers and students conducted projects to educate their peers and members of their communities about energy efficiency and energy conservation. State NEED winners received plaques for their schools and project advisers and advanced to the national level for judging.
Schools Receiving National NEED Recognition Included:
- National Special Category Project of the Year Sumner County 4-H
- Finalist, Primary Level Huntingdon Primary School, Huntingdon
- Finalist, Rookie Elementary Level White Pine School, White Pine
- Finalist, Senior Level Fayette Academy, Somerville
Schools Receiving State NEED Recognition Included:
- Primary School of the Year Huntingdon Primary School, Huntingdon
- 2nd Place and Rookie Primary Level Cassville Elementary School, Sparta
- Elementary Schools of the Year (Tie) White Pine School, White Pine and Robert E. Lee Elementary School, Tullahoma
- 2nd Place Elementary Level Big Ridge Elementary School, Maynardville
- Honorable Mention Elementary Level Rush Strong School, Strawberry Plains
- Junior Project of the Year Washington County 4-H, Jonesborough
- 2nd Place Junior Level Unicoi County Middle School, Erwin
- 3rd Place, Junior Level Norris Middle School, Norris
- Senior School of the Year Fayette Academy, Somerville
- 2nd Place Senior Level Putnam County 4-H, Cookeville
- Honorable Mention Senior Level General Assembly Academy, Hohenwald
- Special Category Project of the Year Sumner County 4-H
- 2nd Place and Rookie Special Category Winner Davidson County 4-H, Nashville
- 3rd Place Special Category Project Sullivan County 4-H, Blountville
- Honorable Mention Special Category McMinn Central High School, Englewood
Tennessee schools will receive national awards and be recognized at the NEED Youth Awards in Energy Achievement Conference in Washington, D.C. on June 25-28. Representatives from Huntingdon Primary, White Pine, Robert E. Lee Elementary, Washington County 4-H, Fayette Academy and Sumner County 4-H will attend the national award ceremony.
Two Fayette Academy seniors, Erin Shoaf and Burch Walker, will also work on the NEED staff to assist with the national conference in Washington, DC.
Tennessee has received many awards from NEED including the NEED State Program of the Year, NEED Student of the Year and NEED Distinguished Service Awards. If you would like to learn more about the K-12 energy education program, contact the toll-free Energy Hotline at 1-800-342-1340.