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Energize Connecticut partners Eversource and United Illuminating, Southern Connecticut Gas and Connecticut Natural Gas, subsidiaries of AVANGRID, Inc. honored 37 finalists during the 14th eesmarts™ Student Contest Award Ceremony at the State Capitol.


Over 800 Connecticut students in grades K-12 competed in this year’s contest. From posters to persuasive writing, community-based projects to creative writing, the eesmarts Student Contest encourages students to utilize their science, engineering, technology, art and mathematics skills to showcase their knowledge of energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainability.


The ceremony attracted more than 150 students, parents, teachers, elected officials and clean energy supporters from across the state in celebration of the students’ hard work. Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Deputy Commissioner Mary Sotos served as the ceremony’s keynote speaker, and Miss Connecticut 2018 Bridget Oei was the Master of Ceremonies.


“Since 2004, eesmarts has helped Connecticut teachers incorporate science and energy-efficiency in their classrooms, and helped to equip our students for success in the ever-changing energy efficiency and renewable energy landscape,” said Sotos. “It is an honor to be a part of this initiative and Connecticut’s energy efficiency legacy, and be in a position to help bring our student’s vision of an energy-efficient society to life.” 


Representing 17 cities and towns across Connecticut, the 37 winners included:



First: Karina Marsh, Newington

Second: Aiden Rivera, Stratford

Third: Ailis Devlin, Torrington


First Grade

First: Willie Rogers, Stratford

Second: Abigail Chapman, Torrington

Third: Noah Rivera, Stratford


Second Grade

First: Greyson Shapard, Torrington

Second: Valentina Villagra, Startford

Third: Tasha Harmon, Torrington


Third Grade

First: Kyle Thompson, Avon

Second: Addison Nappi, Middlefield

Third: Haley Pederson, Avon


Fourth Grade

First: Eleanor Riley Larkin, Glastonbury

Second: Taha Akyuz, Stratford

Third: James Waters, Stonington


Fifth Grade

First: Cali Purcaro, Torrington

Second: Sanjith Tammana, Avon

Third: Aidan Osiecki, Meriden 


Sixth Grade

First: Harshmit Verman, Avon

Second: Molly Bowman, Cheshire

Third: Luke Kinney, Coventry 


Seventh Grade

First: Lila Debano, Darien 

Second: Jack Pegler, Darien

Third: Mei Gallagher, Darien


Eighth Grade

First: Natalia Mocarski, New Britain

Second: Jakub Kuczynski, New Britain

Third: Bryce Tomasino, Granby


High School: Grades 9-11 

First: Gianna Guzzo, Andrea Lacunza, Windsor

Second: Adara Huq, New Haven

Third: Rishan Annadurai, Jean-Luc Bourget, Vaughn Peverly, Christopher Reed, Windsor


High School: Grade 12

First: Kendelle Pitts, Waterbury

Second: Sarah Lewis, West Hartford

Third: Rebecca-Kyrie Hutchinson, New Britain


Students in grades K-8 answered grade-level specific prompts in the form of a poster (Grades K-2), narrative (Grade 3), letter to the principal (Grade 4), book review (Grade 5), persuasive speech (Grade 6), persuasive poem or cartoon (Grade 7), or public service announcement (Grade 8). Students in grades 9-11 competed in the community based project category, which asked students to propose a plan and budget to address an energy-related issue in their community. Students in grade 12 created a persuasive image that advocated for energy conservation, alternate energy source or addressed an environmental concern.


For more information on the student contest and the eesmarts program, please visit


About Energize Connecticut

Energize Connecticut helps you save money and use clean energy. It is an initiative of the State of Connecticut, the Connecticut Green Bank, Eversource, UI, SCG and CNG, with funding from a charge on customer energy bills. Information on energy-saving programs can be found at or by calling 877.WISE.USE.