Hoosier Energy supports Sullivan HS engineering team
Hoosier Energy once again is helping to sponsor one of Sullivan County’s greatest spectacles in racing – the Super Mileage Team at Sullivan High School.
Employees from the generation and transmission electric power cooperative’s Merom Generating Station in Sullivan donated $1,000 to help the high school team in its quest to repeat as national champion for designing a diesel prototype car with the best fuel mileage. The team has won the competition three years in a row, with the 2014 team setting a national record in the category, engineering a car that clocked 1,899 miles to the gallon.
Brian Wagaman, coach of the team and an Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing instructor at the high school, says he is thankful for all of the support the community has given to the team. “Our kids couldn’t participate in a national engineering contest such as this without the tremendous support from our community,” he said.
Wagaman’s team accepted the donation from employees at Hoosier Energy’s Merom Generating Station. “Hoosier Energy is thrilled to give back to the community in supporting educational challenges such as this that help our youth promote energy efficiency,” said Jon Bobbitt, Merom Station Plant Administrative Coordinator and Sullivan County resident, as he presented the check to the team.
The Super Mileage Team will face off against other Hoosier high schools at the state competition in Indianapolis on April 11 and will then face high schools and universities from across North and South America in the national competition April 23-24 in Detroit.
Sullivan specializes in the diesel class of this engineering contest that challenges students to build an energy-efficient vehicle in the prototype division or the urban concept division. Prototypes are three-wheeled, one seat vehicles that utilize any means possible to get great fuel mileage. Urban concept cars are more traditional, street savvy vehicles with four wheels. Sullivan’s team is entering both, hoping to advance to the global competition in London this summer.
ABOUT HOOSIER ENERGY
Hoosier Energy is a generation and transmission cooperative (G&T) with headquarters in Bloomington, Indiana. The G&T provides electric power and services to 18 electric distribution cooperatives in southern and central Indiana and southeastern Illinois. Hoosier Energy operates the coal-fired Merom Generating Station, three natural gas power plants, several renewable energy facilities and a 1,700-mile transmission network. For more information, visit www.hepn.com.
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