Eversource and UI Announce Winners of 16th eesmarts™ Student Contest

Energize ConnecticutSM sponsors –  Eversource and United Illuminating, Southern Connecticut Gas and Connecticut Natural Gas subsidiaries of AVANGRID, Inc., -recently honored 28 finalists for the 16th annual eesmarts™ Student Contest.

Students submitted their projects during the school year through an online platform. More than 250 Connecticut students from 42 schools in 29 cities and towns submitted visual art, community-based projects and creative writing showcasing their knowledge of energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainability.

In lieu of an in-person awards ceremony, winners were announced and congratulated in a video presentation.

Representing 17 cities and towns across Connecticut, the 28 winners included:


First: Avery Mirando, Rocky Hill; Second: Raegen Phanavong, New Britain; Third: Ellie Bakowski, New Britain.

First Grade

First: Sarelka Gopin, Bloomfield; Second: Madison Iannacone, Fairfield; Third: Esther Matusof, Bloomfield

Second Grade

First: William Chan, South Windsor; Second: Anna Koziol, New Britain; Third: Lea Gertel, Bloomfield

Third Grade

First: Charlie Gilchrist, Cheshire; Second: Saanvi Jahagirdar, Groton; Third: Racheal McGuire, Hampton

Fourth Grade

First: Minaz Yrayta, New Haven; Second: Joseph Amenta III, Cheshire; Third: Elle G. Dorin, West Hartford

Fifth Grade

First: Sofia DeFranzo, Shelton; Second: Molly Campbell, Shelton; Third: Joseph Santagata-Raslavsky, Shelton

Sixth Grade

First: James Waters, Montville; Second: Mia Hall, Marlborough; Third: Rebecca Koonankeil, Marlborough

Seventh Grade

First: Maya Pujara, Darien; Second: Thomas Goertel, Darien; Third: Nathan R. Gregory, Darien

Eighth Grade

First: Adrian J. Bouchard, Waterford; Second: Natalie Baj, New Britain; Third: Sreekant Gardas, Avon

High School: Grade 12

First: Vivian Bunker, Waterbury

To participate, students in grades K-8 completed prompts in the form of either a poster, narrative, letter to the principal, book review, persuasive speech, poem, cartoon or public service announcement. 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, an alternate energy source or addressed an environmental concern.

To view the full winners announcement video, please visit EnergizeCT.com. For more information on the student contest and the eesmarts program, please visit EnergizeCT.com/eesmarts-home.

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