If you want to see how wind energy can be used for good, look no further than Roscoe Early College High School in Roscoe, Texas. Depending on academic performance, students at Roscoe Collegiate can graduate from high school with an associate’s degree at no additional cost. A first of its kind for rural Texas, Roscoe Collegiate belongs to a select group of high schools that allows students to take college courses as early as their freshman year. Roscoe Collegiate’s facilities include the E.ON Center for Innovation and Higher Education, an $11 million learning center built with money from the wind industry.
On a wind energy field trip my last semester at Texas A&M, I was fortunate enough to visit Roscoe Collegiate and watch the school’s homecoming football game. With practically every athlete on the field playing both sides of the ball, it was obvious that Roscoe’s “Plowboys” didn’t exactly have strength in numbers. Nonetheless, the Plowboys showed persistence in spite of their homecoming game loss. One athlete, who was also a band member, even managed to play the trumpet in shoulder pads during Roscoe’s halftime show!
Looking back on that homecoming football game, I’d say that if there’s any lesson renewable energy advocates could learn from Roscoe’s Plowboys, it’s to always have the fighting spirit of a champion, even if you’re the underdog.