Meet the Students

2017 Assessment Team – Interviewing Soon!

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2016 Assessment Team

SEEDS (Sustainable Energy Education and Development Support) has chosen student interns who will be learning about energy efficiency, and helping residents of Wayne and Pike Counties save money on their energy costs.  Kyle McDermott, Andrew Bochnovich and Nate Mansfield join SEEDS volunteers on the Energy Assessment team.  group photo

 

(SEEDS Volunteers and Students: From left to right: Andrew Bochnovich, Kathy Dodge Kyle McDermott, Mikayla Young, Nate Mansfield and Jeremy Oettinger)

The energy assessment takes approximately 1 hour. The students, accompanied by at least one adult SEEDS volunteer trainer/supervisor, will walk the perimeter of the home with the owner(s), then the interior including attic and crawl space or basement. Shortly afterwards, home owners receive a report detailing ways they can improve the home’s energy efficiency and comfort. All these efforts are better for the long term health and comfort of the home, and can save significant money in energy costs. Some energy savings are immediate!

“Once you get excited about saving money on energy, you keep looking for more ways to save money and energy,” says  Kathy Dodge, Chair of SEEDS and one of the program volunteers. “It can become a game among family members—a challenging and fun way to teach the next generation about efficiency and sustainability. Some families even install solar panels, once their home’s efficiency is improved, and are generating much of the power they need by their own system.”

Kyle will be a senior at Wallenpaupack this year. He is a member of their Energy Committee and is interested in Environmental Engineering and Aerospace Engineering. He is a part of the Gifted Program at his high school, and loves to play soccer. This is his second year as a team member.

Andrew graduated from Honesdale High School this spring, and was their class valedictorian. He plans to attend the University of Delaware this fall. Andrew was also the winner of a recent sustainability essay contest that SEEDS sponsored in memory of Michael “Jake” Burkhardt. You can read Andrew’s essay at www.seedsgroup.net.

Nate will be a sophomore at Honesdale High School this fall. He has been on the honor roll since 2015, and a member of GATE (Gifted and Talented Education) since 2012.

“We have high expectations this year”, said Cramer. “Our students help improve this program every year. We are also thrilled to have Mikayla with us as a volunteer intern. She will enter her sophomore year at Vassar this fall.  Jeremy Oettinger is a wonderful asset, returning as an adult volunteer. Jeremy worked on this program for three years in his high school days, and now is a supervisor, also helping us train the students.”

If you are interested in signing up for a free assessment, call the SEEDS office at (570) 245 – 1256 or email assess@seedsgroup.net.  For further information about SEEDS, or to receive our newsletter, please visit www.seedsgroup.net and click on the Sign Up For Our Newsletter button on the right.

2015 Assessment Team

Hired 3 students

From L to R: Kyle McDermott, Michael Burkhardt and Alexandra Mosomillo

Kyle will be a junior at Wallenpaupack this year. He is a member of their Energy Committee and is interested in Environmental Engineering and Aerospace Engineering. He is a part of the Gifted Program at his high school, and loves to play soccer.

Michael, “Jake”, is a recent graduate of Western Wayne and will be attending Keystone College in the fall. Jake has competed in Environthon, and in PJAS (Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science) in the ecology category and received 1st place at both regional and state level. He is also conducting a study at Lacawac Sanctuary on the effects of wooly adelgid decay.

Alexandra, “Ally”, will be a senior in the fall at Western Wayne and is a hardworking member of her community. Ally has been involved with TLT (Tomorrow’s Leaders Today), NHS (National Honor Society) and NAHS (National Arts Honor Society), YAC (Youth Advisory Committee), FCCLA (Family, Career, and Community Leaders Association), SADD (Students against Destructive Decisions), and Rachel’s Challenge (spreading random acts of kindness). Ally also loves art and music.

2014 Assessment Team

jeremy Meet Jeremy: Jeremy  was a student assessor with TEAAM last year, and our Program Coordinator last year. As a   student at Wallenpaupack High School, Jeremy was very interested in the school’s geothermal project and even created his own documentary of the installation. Jeremy finished his first year at Penn State’s Main Campus studying engineering. “Homeowners have nothing to lose and everything to gain by participating in the TEAAM free energy assessments” said Jeremy.

kaylaMeet Kayla:  Kayla  lives in Tafton, and graduated from Wallenpaupack Area High School earlier this year. She was Salutatorian of her class. Her graduation speech subject was: Never stop learning. Kayla will be attending University of The Sciences in Philadelphia studying for her Doctorate in Pharmacy. She enjoys reading, biking, kayaking, and fishing.

2013 TEAM

crisMeet Cris: Cris  lived in New York City until he was five years old, and then moved to northeastern PA. He is currently a student at Scranton Preparatory School, and enjoys reading, bicycling, track, science and technology. Chris has donated time to many good deed efforts, including Helping Heart and Hands, Take a Look, Take a Book and Boy Scout roadside cleanups.

 

davidMeet David: David  was referred to us by a new SEEDS member who got it right when she thought he would be a good fit for the program. He is organized, and displays a strong work ethic. David will be a senior this fall at Honesdale High School. He hopes to become a law enforcement officer, as he has a strong sense of helping and protecting people.

 

jeremyMeet Jeremy: Jeremy  was a student assessor with TEAAM last year, and was promoted to Program Coordinator this year. As a student at Wallenpaupack High School, Jeremy was very interested in the school’s geothermal project and even created his own documentary of the installation. Jeremy will be studying Engineering at Penn State’s Main Campus this fall. “Homeowners have nothing to lose and everything to gain by participating in the TEAAM free energy assessments” said Jeremy. He is excited to help people and be back leading this year’s TEAAM.

kaylaMeet Kayla:  Kayla  lives in Tafton, and will be a senior at Wallenpaupack Area High School. She enjoys reading, biking, kayaking, and fishing. She is a member of the Marching Band, and Concert Band. Kayla is good with people and is looking forward to working with families to help cut energy costs.

 

robertMeet Robert:  Rob  attends the Canaan Christian Academy. He is a Boy Scout, and enjoys basketball, swimming and reading. Rob is very enthusiastic about environmental conservation, and is a perfect fit for our TEAAM.

 

 


 

2012 TEAM

Kayleigh  – TEAAM Project Manager
kayleigh@seedsgroup.net

Kayleigh is a native of northeastern Pennsylvania where she is glad to be serving as an Energy Corps member with SEEDS in Honesdale, Pennsylvania. Always fostering an interest in activism and the environment, she attended the University of Pittsburgh to pursue a degree in Environmental Studies. “I was so blessed to have such amazing mentors, teachers, and fellow activists guide me to work towards a more sustainable planet,” she said.

Kayleigh also spent four months learning about sustainability in Scotland in the eco-village of Findhorn. “Going to Findhorn was probably one of the best choices I ever made with my life because it opened my eyes to see that whole communities can live sustainably and comfortably when a group of people consciously move towards this goal.”

Since graduating Kayleigh worked as a watershed specialist with the Lackawanna River Corridor, protecting water resources and performing water quality testing in the Lackawanna River watershed.  Now she is eager to serve as an Energy Corps member in transforming her hometown to be a community that appreciates and conserves the wonderful natural resources of northeastern Pennsylvania.


Liz -TEAAM Sustainability Intern

My name is Elizabeth, and I have recently completed my freshmen year at SUNY Stonybrook. My future goals are plain and simple: to grow stronger as an indvidual while obtaining complete happiness, to help others for the better in some shape or form, and to see the world work together to keep this planet alive. To do so, I’m majoring in marine science and will most likely go into cancer research.  Although, I feel as SEEDS was my first official stepping stone in making a differance.

I came back as a “seasoned” intern (this was my second year) because I love what TEAAM is about.  Plus, I found that I very much enjoy the science of houses.  Assesing houses has not only given me knowledge of being a successful homeowner, but also has taught me the importance of conserving energy, even in the most subtle ways (i.e. using outlet gaskets and/or faucet aeraeters).  It’s amazing how much these little differances can affect a home’s energy usage.  I feel it as my personal mission, along with many other energy conscious human beings, to teach as many people what’s happening when they flip that light switch, or let drafts go unfixed.  Look it up, you’d be amazed.  And if the wind moves you that much, then hop on board, and join the TEAAM.


2012-TEAAM

 

Balazs – TEAAM Sustainability Intern
Sarah – TEAAM Sustainability Intern
Jeremy Oettinger – TEAAM Sustainability Intern