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Lloyd Energy Team Wins State, National Honor; Student Chosen as Governor's Scholar

Lloyd Memorial High School will be honored in Washington, D.C. in June for the outstanding work of its Energy Team. The Lloyd team's work has been recognized with the senior-level Most Outstanding Project of the Year award for Kentucky and also has been named the National Senior School of the Year by the National Energy Education Development (NEED) Project.

Lloyd Energy Team's energy education project, "Can I Get A Watt Watt Year 2," shared energy awareness and conservation ideas within the school district and the greater community in numerous ways. Students designed carnival games and information booths to share energy resources with peers, younger students, families, and community members through several fun events, including a regional screening of the documentary Switch, an Energy Social with local elementary schools, a Go Green dance with the district's middle school and an Adopt-a-Block afternoon with a local church. If that wasn't enough, the team ran a year-long campaign to promote recycling practices throughout Lloyd High School, created an Energy Patrol accountability program for resource conservation, and partnered with government agencies, including the Kentucky Department for Air Quality, to bring exposure to alternative energy technologies.

"These students have recognized the need to promote energy conservation locally and have truly taken ownership for helping to share information among their peers, families, and community," said Mrs. Melissa Stolz, biology teacher at Lloyd and the Energy Club's sponsor. "They've done an outstanding job through their leadership and teamwork and we are very proud of what they have accomplished."

In Kentucky, projects from 31 student energy teams were evaluated by an independent panel of educators and energy experts on student leadership, energy knowledge, and community involvement. Of those projects, awards were presented to outstanding and first-year entries from six Kentucky school districts. The awards were presented to students, teachers and honored guests during the 2016 Youth Summit and Awards Luncheon in Frankfort in April.

The Lloyd Energy Team will receive their national award at NEED's conference in Washington D.C. June 24-27. Through generous funding support from Duke Energy, Mrs. Stolz and five students will attend the national conference to accept the award.

"I want to congratulate all of the students and teachers for participating in Kentucky's environmental education programs," said Energy and Environment Secretary Charles Snavely. "I encourage all students to continue to explore, question, and share your knowledge. Through projects such as NEED, you demonstrate leadership and an understanding of what it means to be stewards of our environment."

Student selected to be Governor's Scholar

Lloyd also announced that Isabel Harrison, a junior at the school, has been selected for the 2016 Kentucky Governor's Scholar Program, a summer residential program for outstanding high school students in Kentucky who are rising seniors. The mission of the program is to enhance Kentucky's next generation of civic and economic leaders. The first class numbered 230 and was housed on one college campus. Since then, the Program has enjoyed excellent support and grown to over 1,000 students on three campuses. The selection process for the program is highly competitive, with an application process similar to that of prestigious colleges and universities.

Isabel is certainly well qualified for the honor. She has achieved academic excellence at every point throughout her academic career, including a 4.0 GPA, membership in the National Honor Society, and participation in Advanced Placement classes, and acceptance into the School Based Scholars program at Northern Kentucky University. She was awarded the University of Louisville’s Yarmuth Book Award as well as the American History Award presented by the Woodmen of the World Insurance Society, and was recently recognized as achieving the top GPA in every class this year.

But her achievement lies far beyond academic excellence. Isabel serves as Student Council president, is editorial editor of 'The Tatler,' Lloyd's newspaper, and will serve as chief editor of the publication next year. Outside of her school, Isabel is a civic-minded young lady. She visited the Dominician Republic on a mission trip with the Florence Rotary Club and is active with Big Brothers Big Sisters. And, she's an athlete! Isabel is a former member of the school's volleyball team, and serves as the basketball team's statistician.

Isabel has spent her entire academic career in Erlanger-Elsmere Schools, beginning with kindergarten at Miles Elementary. Her very proud parents are Richard and Suzanne Harrison of Erlanger.

-Staff report

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Isabel Harrison (provided)