Twelve high school students from across our service area have been honored for developing YouTube videos, Instagram images, and other creative ways to spread the word about energy efficiency.

PPL Electric Utilities’ Innovation Challenge asks young people to explore innovative ways to make a difference in energy or water efficiency. It’s part of Think! Energy Innovation, an energy efficiency program we offer to high schools.

Grand prize-winning teams receive solar backpacks – an energy-efficient prize that’s useful every day.

This year we received 97 entries, the most ever.

The grand prize winners are Adrian Casey, John Sproch, Kaitlyn Comisac and Jeremy Six of Susquenita High School in Duncannon, Perry County (teacher: Kyla Falzarano). The Susquenita team is pictured above.

They made a YouTube video spotlighting LED bulbs, smart strips, low-flow showerheads and other energy-saving technology:


Other winners include:

Erin Zheng, Gracie Gehring and Rebecca Buffington of Upper Dauphin High School in Elizabethville, Dauphin County (teacher: Vicky Smith), who created an Instagram account featuring an energy-efficient creature named Volty.

Danyael Matz of Schuylkill Technology Center South in Mar Lin, Schuylkill County (teacher: Jennifer Shaeffer), for designing a poster:









Lauren Brommer and Emma Hornick of Lancaster Catholic High School (teacher: Anne Bleistine), for designing a coloring book.









Maddie Zukus and Allie Francis, of Lancaster Catholic High School (teacher: Bleistine), for their development of a light bulb board game.






Congratulations to everyone who took part for taking a fresh look at energy efficiency!