“An LED for you and me.”

That’s the energy-saving wish in a rap song written by four West Perry High School students. We liked the beat so much that we awarded it first place in a contest we held for high school students.

As part of our THINK! ENERGY school programs, we asked students in participating high schools we serve to communicate innovative ideas about energy efficiency. Students sang songs, designed brochures and wrote children’s books. And through the program, they also learned about easy ways they can help their family save electricity and took home a free kit with energy-saving items like LED light bulbs.

Judging was difficult with so many unique and fun ways to spread the energy efficiency message! After a lot of debate, we gave first place to the rap song that had us humming the energy efficiency message all day.

Congratulations to the four winning students – Alexa Hoover, Caleb Dick, Halie Miller and Jaydn Donnelly – and their teacher, Mrs. Nicole Gutacker. The students received solar backpacks to help them power their mobile devices with renewable energy.

Their rap tells listeners to:

Conserve energy
That’s the way to be!
You can save more money
And get things for free!
If your water is on, you’re wasting energy!

 

Second place winners Helena Palm and Damia Stambaugh
Second place winners Helena Palm and Damia Stambaugh

Our other winners were:

  • Second place: Helena Palm and Damia Stambaugh, also students of Mrs. Gutacker, for their brochure design.
  • Third place: Kaylee Magee, Taralyn Smith and Debra McBride, West Perry High School, for an energy magazine. Teacher: Mrs. Jennifer Bandura.
  • Fourth place: Hannah Coldren, McKenzie Flickinger and Brook Baughman, also students of Mrs. Gutacker, for their children’s book.

 

We think it’s important to teach energy efficiency and electrical safety because today’s children are already energy consumers and are tomorrow’ electricity customers. Each year, PPL Electric Utilities hosts several school programs for thousands of children in Grades 2-12. The workshops are led by energy education experts and cover natural resources, electricity, energy transformations and energy.

The programs are conducted in partnership with the National Energy Foundation and are coordinated to Pennsylvania school curriculum standards.

Third place winners Kaylee Magee, Taralyn Smith and Debra McBride
Third place winners Kaylee Magee, Taralyn Smith and Debra McBride
Fourth place winners Hannah Coldren, McKenzie Flickinger and Brook Baughman
Fourth place winners Hannah Coldren, McKenzie Flickinger and Brook Baughman