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: Willie Rogers, Stratford
Second: Abigail Chapman, Torrington
Third: Noah Rivera, Stratford
First: Greyson Shapard, Torrington
Second: Valentina Villagra, Startford
Third: Tasha Harmon, Torrington
First: Kyle Thompson, Avon
Second: Addison Nappi, Middlefield
Third: Haley Pederson, Avon
First: Eleanor Riley Larkin, Glastonbury
Second: Taha Akyuz, Stratford
Third: James Waters, Stonington
First: Cali Purcaro, Torrington
Second: Sanjith Tammana, Avon
Third: Aidan Osiecki, Meriden
First: Harshmit Verman, Avon
Second: Molly Bowman, Cheshire
Third: Luke Kinney, Coventry
First: Lila Debano, Darien
Second: Jack Pegler, Darien
Third: Mei Gallagher, Darien
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 www.energizect.com/eesmarts.
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 EnergizeCT.com or by calling 877.WISE.USE.