A first of its kind pilot program has been underway this year for 35 West Clermont gifted students in grades 10 to 12.
The program was developed by West Clermont teacher Angie Ferguson and Debby Yerkes of the Ohio Energy Project. They presented the idea of a program aimed at getting gifted students involved in energy-related projects and products to the Ohio Department of Development and the ODD agreed to get involved. The ODD has given West Clermont School District a $10,000 grant to test the program with their gifted students.
“Our gifted high school students have had opportunities to explore what is going on in Ohio in terms of energy and alternative energy sources,” said Ferguson. “The idea is that we want the kids to see what Ohio is doing in terms of conserving energy, using alternative energy sources and sustaining energy sources.”