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Friday, June 2, 2017

Winners of Energy Driven Contest Announced

Mary Sotos
Energize Connecticut honored 43 winners this week in its 13th annual eesmarts Student Contest Award Ceremony at the State Capitol.

The winners were selected from a field of over 1,200 Connecticut entrants from college students to those in grades K-12. The contest is designed to encourage students to utilize their science, engineering, technology, art and mathematics skills to showcase their knowledge of energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainability.

Entrants used posters, persuasive writing, community-based projects and script writing to showcase their knowledge, according to event organizers.

  Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Deputy Commissioner Mary Sotos was thee ceremony’s keynote speaker.

“With on-going advancements in renewable energies, green building and energy efficient technologies, it is imperative that we equip our students to not only be environmentally-conscious but to succeed in this emerging industry,”  Sotos said in a statement. “It is an honor to be a part of an initiative like eesmarts that encourages students to expand their knowledge and skill set in this subject, and brings their vision of an energy-efficient society to life.”

More than a dozen of the winning entries were from New Haven area communities, including 

Kindergarten
Second Place: Kayyana Gotti, New Haven
Third Place: Lasya Josyula, Hamden

First Grade
First Place: Samantha Roundtree, New Haven
Second Place: Makayla Ramos, Stratford

Second Grade
First Place: Fisnik Hasani, Stratford
Third Grade
Second place: Cole Christman, Hamden

Fourth Grade
Second Place: Molly Weinberg, New Haven
Third Place: Waliullah Ammar Khawaja, Hamden

Fifth Grade
First Place: Mujtaba Ather, Hamden
Second Place: Olivia Cabrera St. Pierre, Wallingford

Seventh Grade
First Place: Jolie Edwards, Deep River
Second Place: Ella Pitman, Deep River
Third Place: Grace McPadden, Shelton

High School: Grades 9-11
Second place: Natalia Lecce, Ashlynn O’Keefe, Amanda Hill, KC Marron – West Haven


Students in grades K-8 answered grade-level specific prompts in the form of a poster (Grades K-2), narrative (Grade 3), news article (Grade 4), book review (Grade 5), essay (Grade 6), speech (Grade 7), or public service announcement (Grade 8). Students in grades 9-11 competed in the community service-learning project award category, which asked students to propose a community-based project to address an energy-related issue.

 Students in grade 12 created a persuasive image that advocated for energy conservation, alternate energy source or addressed an environmental concern.

The “Wright the World” category invites college students enrolled in a two or four-year college or university in Connecticut to write a 25-to-30 minute play supporting the eesmarts curriculum and mission.

Energize Connecticut is an initiative of the State of Connecticut, the Connecticut Green Bank, Eversource, United Illuminating, Southern Connecticut Gas and Connecticut Natural Gas, with funding from a charge on customer energy bills.

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