SVHS Honored by NEED Project for Outstanding Achievements

SVHS Honored by NEED Project for Outstanding Achievements

*Story thanks to Smoky Valley High School*


Smoky Valley High School has been recognized by the National Energy Education Development (NEED) Project for its exceptional contributions to energy education and sustainability. This prestigious acknowledgment highlights the school’s commitment to fostering environmental awareness and empowering students to become leaders in the fields of energy and data analytics. This year Smoky Valley was awarded three prestigious awards, Kansas School of the Year, National Senior Rookie School of the Year, and Exemplary School Energy Efficiency Project. The NEED Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting energy literacy, annually celebrates educational institutions that demonstrate exemplary efforts in advancing energy education. Smoky Valley High School’s innovative initiatives, curriculum integration, and community engagement have distinguished it as a trailblazer in this field.

In coordination with dedicated faculty and staff, Science Teacher Adam Krug, and administrators, Scott Lee and Ky Swisher, Smoky Valley High School has implemented energy education and data analytics lessons and activities that inspire students to explore the intricate dynamics of energy production, consumption, and conservation. Through hands-on activities, interdisciplinary projects, and collaborative partnerships with organizations like TRANE, students are equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to address complex energy challenges facing society today.  In doing so, the students earn TRANE Industry Recognized Certification in data analytics from the National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3).

This achievement reflects the collective commitment to empower students with the tools and resources to understand, engage with, and shape the future of energy sustainability. It is a testament to the hard work, dedication, and passion of these educators and students.

The impact of Smoky Valley High School’s energy education and data analytics initiatives extends beyond the classroom, influencing the wider community and fostering a culture of environmental stewardship. Students have been able to speak and present at the State Capital, Career and Technical Education Conference in Manhattan, Kansas, and to the Kansas Teacher of the Year finalists to name a few. By promoting energy efficiency practices and advocating for sustainable solutions, the school plays a vital role in shaping a more sustainable future for generations to come.

As a recipient of this esteemed recognition from the NEED Project, Smoky Valley High School staff member and four students will be attending the NEED Youth Energy Conference in Washington D.C. June 22-25, 2024. The students and staff are currently fundraising to cover the expenses for the trip. If you would like to contribute to this fund, please contact the district office at 785-227-2981 for information on how you can help.

Help us in congratulating Smoky Valley High School and their staff on this impressive achievement.