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Student Leadership

NEED 's Youth Awards program is a great way to show off energy related projects you have been doing in your classroom or afterschool. Projects are due to NEED by April 15th each year.
 

Youth Energy Leadership Award

BACKGROUND
 

The NEED Project will present the Youth Energy Leadership Award to up to two students each year. Up to two $1,500 awards will be granted for use for college tuition and expenses to deserving students who have demonstrated outstanding energy leadership, knowledge, and an interest in continuing their energy studies for the purpose of seeking a career in energy. Each year, at least one award will be given to a student who plans to enter the energy field or public service related to energy.


EFFECTIVE LEADERSHIP
 

This award is designed to honor students demonstrating effective leadership skills and energy knowledge throughout their association with NEED.
The following are examples of traits the award committee will consider as it chooses recipients of the awards:

  • An effective leader who leads by example and is well respected by his or her peers.

  • An encouraging facilitator who serves as a team leader.

  • A leader who creates excitement and motivates others to accomplish great things.

  • A leader who demonstrates energy awareness at home, school and in the community and educates others about energy.

  • A student who is knowledgeable about energy and has taken the time to not only be a leader of energy activities but has developed a knowledge base about energy and important energy issues.

  • Graduating high school seniors or current first or second year college students.

  • A student showing interest in pursuing a career in the energy field.


2019 NEED Leadership Award Application - Word Doc - PDF


Past Student Energy Leadership Award Winners
 
1994
Doug Blemker
2002
Justin Paschall 
2010
Erin Shoaf 

2018
Erin Baer & Edmond Gayton
1995
Josh Rising    
2003
Brian Bosso & Mary Mazarolli
2011
Rachael Spencer
& Amanda Ramirez Sebree 
 
1996 Judith Elekes 2004
Megan Thoma & David Graham 
2012 
Alysha Anderson
 
1997 Matt Steele & Tiffany Bonner 2005
Jennifer Robinson, Caterina Spaziano, & Chrissy Edwards 
2013
Brooke Reagan
 
1998
Emily Thomas
2006
Roxie Brown & Michelle Lamb 
2014
Ian Munn & Amber Lipsky 
 
1999
Heather Brouillet
2007
Whitney Newman & Jake Kesner 
2015
Janelli Pineda 
 
2000
Heidi Nees
2008
Ryan Flynn 
2016
Alton Gayton & Laurel Hughes 
 
2001
Rebecca Lamb
2009
Casey O’Connor 
2017
Diane Wei 
 
 
2018 Youth Energy Leadership Award Winners - Erin Baer and Edmond Gayton

NEED congratulates Erin Baer of Northern Guilford High School in Greensboro, North Carolina and Edmond Gayton of Enloe High School in Raleigh, North Carolina on each receiving the Youth Energy Leadership Award. The Youth Leadership Award was created by NEED’s Board of Directors to recognize students who go above and beyond in their pursuit of energy knowledge and in the teaching of others. And these students are among the best! 


This award includes a $1,500 scholarship to be used for their post-high school educational plans. Erin has been accepted to Ohio State University and Edmond has been accepted to the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. They both received an all-expenses paid trip to the 38th Annual NEED Youth Awards for Energy Achievement and presented the award at NEED’s National Recognition Ceremony in Washington, D.C. on June 25, 2018.

In Erin’s own words, “NEED has prepared me to be an effective leader because it has expanded my communication and leadership skills with both adults and students. The energy knowledge is important to my future plans because I hope to major in environmental science to become a policy writer to conserve energy and the Earth.” 

In Edmond’s own words, “I absolutely love NEED and the people involved. With NEED I have learned many skills and how to be an effective leader. Knowing about energy will be important because it will help in making smart choices for what kind of energy that should be used.”

Congratulations to these extraordinary young adults. They’re the ones to watch!
 
2017 Youth Energy Leadership Award Winner - Diane Wei


Each year, the NEED Project presents  the Youth Energy Leadership Award  to a deserving student who has demonstrated outstanding energy leadership, knowledge, and an interest in continuing his/her energy studies for the purpose of seeking a career in energy. This award is designed to honor students demonstrating effective leadership skills and energy knowledge throughout their association with NEED. The 2017 Recipient is Diane Wei from Kankakee, Illinois. Diane’s hard work, determination, and commitment to energy and the environment inspire others. Diane has served on the NEED Youth Staff for several years, bringing her many talents in science, photography, Polar Bears, Fish and more to the program.  Working with Diane is like working with a great educator – she is funny, kind, quick to assist others, and always ready to accept that hard work brings the greatest rewards. She is a joy to serve with on the Youth Awards team and has always appreciated the “warm fuzzies” that come from working with others. This award honors the best of the best in NEED’s history and we know that Diane will be part of the NEED family for many years to come! This weekend, you saw her snapping photos, leading activities, and enjoying all the weekend had to offer. Stop her and ask about her experiences with NEED – she’s one of the best spokespeople we could have. Diane, thank you for your years of service to students, teachers and NEED.  We are lucky to have you in the NEED family.
   
Congratulations on Graduation!  We look forward to watching you succeed!