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Ira Jones MS 8th grader earns spot at national energy conference

  Ira Jones Middle School eighth grader Youanna Ibrahim will spend a week in Washington, D.C. working at the National Energy Education Development (NEED) Youth Energy Conference and Awards.

Ibrahim will join more than 450 students and teachers from June 21 to June 26, 2018 to lead educational sessions and help students with a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) challenge. She applied for the conference in December 2017.

The 14-year-old is a member of the school’s Environmental Club.

She also helped organize the club’s Pumpkin Smash compost event in November 2017, and worked on the school’s energy audit and fair in February 2017.

“I’m really excited because I wasn’t expecting to get into the conference,” said Ibrahim.

The NEED Project seeks to empower students to be leaders at their schools in energy sources, uses and future needs. NEED provides curriculum and resources for teachers to educate their students about energy use at home and in their schools

Ibrahim wants to use what she learns at the conference to make changes at school and in the community to help the environment and save energy, she said.

“I am very passionate and believe that simple actions can lead to big outcomes,” said Ibrahim.

Brendan Crosby, a sixth grade social studies and science teacher, recommended Ibrahim for the conference.

“Youanna has the work ethic, passion, and leadership skills which will allow her to achieve great things in life,” Crosby said.

“It’s exciting to see her have the chance to apply these skills at a national conference in Washington D.C.”