Flat Rock Wind Announces Winners of “Energy Future” Student Essay Competition

As students pack their bags and head off to college, Flat Rock Wind is pleased to announce it has selected the winners of the “Energy Future” essay and scholarship competition in Henry and Rush Counties.  Recent graduates, Zoe Curtis of Henry County and Tyler Netherly of Rush County, have each been awarded $1,500 scholarships for their entries in the competition.

“We are extremely pleased to award these scholarships to two outstanding students, Zoe and Tyler,” said Brenna Gunderson, senior development manager for Apex Clean Energy. “We wanted to find a way to invest in young people in the community, while at the same time engaging and challenging them to learn and write about energy related topics. We look forward to following these students as they prepare to be the next generation of Hoosiers.”

The topic for the competition was What does the energy future of Indiana look like, and what role does wind play? The winning essays were selected from  a pool of applicants in each county and judged by an independent panel on writing style, content, grammar, originality, clarity, conciseness, articulation, and organization.

In writing about Indiana’s change toward a renewable energy future Tyler explained, “Hoosiers savor the status quo even when the status quo needs to be changed desperately. Change means sacrifice in the near future, and it will definitely not be perfect or even fun. I am more than happy to do it. I hope my fellow Hoosiers are too.”

At the same time, writing about the future of wind energy, Zoe concluded, “Energy and power have been used for decades by people all over the world…. Wind power is the future of Indiana.”

About Zoe Curtis

Zoe is a 2016 graduate of New Castle High School.  Earlier this year, she signed a letter of intent to play women’s college basketball at Earlham College.  In the classroom, she garnered the Academic Achievement Award for maintaining a perfect grade point average for four semesters. In addition to playing basketball, Zoe plans to study biology.

Read Zoe's essay here


(Erin Wiedower, Senior Development Manager for Flat Rock, left, congratulates Zoe Curtis of Henry County on her winning essay)

About Tyler Netherly

Tyler is a 2016 graduate of Rushville Consolidated High School. Tyler was an active member and the president of the National Honor Society.  In addition, he was a member of the Quiz Bowl team, a Senior Varsity Scholar, and a member of Briar Patch and the RCHS Theatre program. Tyler will be pursuing his ambition of being a Boilermaker by attending Purdue University in the fall. He plans to study mathematics and statistics.

Read Tyler's essay here


(Erin Wiedower, left, congratulates Tyler Netherly of Rush County on his winning essay)