The Ohio Energy Project Celebrates Student Leadership in Westerville

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Solutions to today’s energy challenges are being developed in classrooms and homes around Westerville.  The Ohio Energy Project’s (OEP’s) annual Youth Energy Celebration on May 16 at COSI welcomed more than 300 students, teachers and partners from around the state.  In Westerville, 25 students and five educators were recognized for their outstanding work this school year through the Westerville Energy Education Partnership.

The Westerville Energy Education Partnership is a collaboration between the City of Westerville Electric Division, Westerville City Schools and the Ohio Energy Project.  The partnership provides professional development, student programs and classroom resources for all 21 schools in the district.  

Receiving awards at OEP’s annual Youth Energy Celebration were:

  • Genoa Middle School – second place in Ohio, Junior Division;
  • Heritage Middle School – first place in Ohio, Junior Division;
  • 7th grade Heritage teacher Amber Northern – Joule five- year Participation Award;
  • Westerville South High School – participant award, Senior Division; and
  • Westerville Energy Education Partnership – Outstanding School District in Ohio.

All first place award winners in Ohio were submitted to the National Energy Education Development Project (NEED Project) competition in Washington, DC.  Receiving national honors were the Westerville Energy Education Partnership, National Finalist, District Division.

OEP’s mission is to empower students to be energy-educated leaders.  Recognizing these leaders with awards is one of the program’s many unique components.  If you are interested in obtaining more information about this event or other OEP programs and services, please visit or the Ohio Energy Project Facebook page.