The Ohio Energy Project Celebrates Student Leadership in Westerville

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The Ohio Energy Project moved its Youth Energy Celebration to the Columbus Zoo for the first time this year.  Pictured, OEP Education Coordinator Shauni Nix presents the Outstanding School District in Ohio award to Westerville Energy Education Partnership representatives Tara Trigg and Chris Monacelli from the City of Westerville Electric Division.



Solutions to today’s energy challenges are being developed in classrooms and homes around Westerville.  The Ohio Energy Project’s annual Youth Energy Celebration on May 15 at the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium welcomed more than 400 students, teachers and partners from around the state.  In Westerville, 30 students and four 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 – Third Place in Ohio, Junior Division;
  • Heritage Middle School – Second Place in Ohio, Junior Division;
  • Westerville South High School – Participant Award, Senior Division; and
  • Westerville Energy Education Partnership – Outstanding School District in Ohio.

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.