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GCS Students Nationally Recognized for Energy Education

May 12, 2022 – The National Energy Education Development (NEED) Project named both Reedy Fork Elementary and Southern High as the North Carolina Elementary and Senior Schools of the Year. Southern High is also a National Senior Finalist.

This is the fourth year in a row Reedy Fork Elementary received the honor. This year, they submitted their Ambassadors for Energy Project. The project’s goal was to allow the knowledge of different energy concepts to reach all students at Reedy Fork Elementary by hosting an in-house field trip for the 2nd-5th grade students. 

The Reedy Fork Energy Fair consisted of seven stations, facilitated solely by the energy team members, that included hands-on STEM activities.  The energy team also helped the 4th grade team give a Wind and Weather presentation to kindergarten and 1st grade students.

Southern High was named Senior School of North Carolina for the seventh year, and this is the second time they qualified as a finalist for the National award. This year, the school’s project was “Rebuilding a Culture,” because they had to rebuild their team from scratch after losing veteran members to college or virtual schools during COVID.

They spend the year writing grants, performing experiments and informing their fellow students of easy ways to save energy on a regular basis.

“I have kids that ask great questions and are not afraid to try things to figure it out. Curiosity is not missing from these kids,” said Mark Case, science teacher at Southern High.

Team members will attend the NEED Youth Energy Conference and Awards in Washington, D.C., this summer.