Monomoy's Aidan Kotoski Receives Youth Energy Leadership Award

Award includes a $1,500 scholarship...
Monomoy High School's Aidan Kotoski with teacher Nancy Gifford at a NEED event. (MRSD photo)

Manassas, Virginia – The NEED Project is pleased to announce the 2019 recipient of the Youth Energy Leadership Award to Aidan Kotoski of Monomoy Regional High School in Harwich.

The Youth Energy Leadership Award was created by NEED’s Board of Directors to recognize students who go above and beyond in their pursuit of energy knowledge and the teaching of others. This prestigious award is designed to honor students demonstrating effective leadership skills and energy knowledge throughout their association with NEED.

NEED congratulates Aidan Kotoski of Monomoy Regional High School in Harwich, Massachusetts on receiving the 2019 Youth Energy Leadership Award. This award includes a $1,500 scholarship to be used for post-high school educational plans. This fall, Aidan plans to major in environmental policy and law at the University of Rhode Island.

Aidan shares how NEED impacted his life and helped him become a leader, “Kids teaching kids has really spoken to me. It is so amazing to think that I am the kid teaching the kid who was once just like me - unaware of what energy conservation and efficiency was. I hope to continue educating kids on energy and be an inspiration for a better tomorrow.”

His teacher, Elizabeth Hoff, describes Aidan as someone who is not only a leader, but someone who helps others become leaders. He inspired a recycling program in his freshman year at Monomoy Regional High School and ever since has continued to teach others about energy efficiency through both student and teacher energy-related activities and engagement.

Aidan has served on the NEED Youth Staff the past few years bringing his many talents to the Youth Energy Conference & Awards program. Aidan’s skills as a leader and his knowledge in STEM and energy make him an important part of the team. Each year, NEED invites a few students to join us around the country for several science conferences.  Aidan always joins us at the Massachusetts Association of Science Teachers (MAST) Conference to help lead NEED energy sessions in the hands-on workshops being offered. We are honored to have him as an integral part of the NEED family. welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on