Alex Patt of West Hartford, a fourth grader at Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Hartford, was a first place winner in Energize Connecticut’s 13th Annual ‘eesmarts’ statewide student contest, and was honored Friday at the State Capitol.
Fourth grader Alexander “Alex” Patt of the Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Hartford was chosen as a finalist in Energize Connecticut’s 13th annual “eesmarts” statewide student contest. Alex’s newspaper article was selected from more than 1,200 entries and he attended the ceremony Friday at the State Capitol.
He learned at the ceremony that he had been awarded a first-place prize.
To enter the competition, fourth grade students were charged with writing a newspaper article for their local papers about the importance of saving energy including facts about energy efficiency and conservation. Alex’s article, “Money, Money, Money Saved!” was published in The Hartford Courant in April 2017.
The report was an on-the-scene report from the home of the Flanders, which Alex reported is the leading energy saving home in West Hartford. He continued to point out some of the specific aspects of their home and reported on their massive savings of $1,000 on their electric bill.
This is the third year in a row that students in Schechter general studies teacher Helen Schwartz’s third and fourth grade language arts classes have won the eesmarts competition. “They did research in class, learned the parts of a newspaper article, and wrote, edited and submitted!” Schwartz said.
Schwartz’s third grade students also competed in the competition. Their topic, adopting the persona of a recycled object, elicited creativity, writing practice, and environmentally-friendly consciousness. The students adopted the persona of a variety of objects including a soup-can turned aluminum for a bicycle, plastic jug turned paint pallet, and plastic water bottle turned plastic for a football helmet.
The students spend time learning about the process of recycling in order to explain the journey to transform one item into another. Third grader Andrew Weiss exhibited his high level of recycling knowledge when he referenced the no. 2 triangle on the water bottle meaning that the plastic is harder than other plastic objects.
The Solomon Schechter students embraced a number of the school’s core values through these projects including a love of learning, academic strength, compassion and caring, and global connection.
About the eesmarts contest
Energize Connecticut and its partners, Eversource and AVANGRID, Inc. subsidiaries, United Illuminating, Connecticut Natural Gas and Southern Connecticut Gas honored 43 finalists during its 13th annual eesmarts Student Contest Award Ceremony at the State Capitol.
More than 1,200 Connecticut students in grades K-12 and college competed in this year’s contest. From posters to persuasive writing, community-based projects to script 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’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Deputy Commissioner Mary Sotos served as the ceremony’s keynote speaker, and FOX 61’s Joe Furey was the Master of Ceremonies.
“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,” said Sotos. “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.”
Representing 22 cities and towns across Connecticut, the 43 winners included:
First: Landon Paradis, Lebanon
Second: Kayyana Gotti, New Haven
Third: Lasya Josyula, Hamden
First: Samantha Roundtree, New Haven
Second: Makayla Ramos, Stratford
Third: KaraLynn Marsh, Newington
First: Fisnik Hasani, Stratford
Second: Bennett Zielinski, Torrington
Third: Renata DeOliveira, Bridgeport
First: Sydney Bronk-Zdunowski, East Berlin
Second: Cole Christman, Hamden
Third: Mariah Jimenez-Ruiz, Middletown
First: Alex Patt, West Hartford
Second: Molly Weinberg, New Haven
Third: Waliullah Ammar Khawaja, Hamden
First: Mujtaba Ather, Hamden
Second: Olivia Cabrera St. Pierre, Wallingford
Third: Zahara Sumani, Middletown
First: Elizabeth Speaker, Torrington
Second: Diana Zito, Marlborough
Third: Natalia Mocarski, New Britain
First: Jolie Edwards, Deep River
Second: Ella Pitman, Deep River
Third: Grace McPadden, Shelton
First: William Harper, Darien
Second: Ryan Blatney, Darien
Third: Eliana Bouchard, Winsted
High School: Grades 9-11
First: Jacob Manente, Michael Stefano – Windsor
Second: Natalia Lecce, Ashlynn O’Keefe, Amanda Hill, KC Marron – West Haven
Third: Tatianna McQuay-Ward, Tim Gomes, Hunter Wood – Groton
High School: Grade 12
First: Aileen Leon, New Fairfield
Second: Sydney Gouveia – New Fairfield
Third: Thomas Ciardi, New Fairfield
First (tied): Jordan Merrill, Willimantic
First (tied): Paul Stenko, Willimantic
Second: Kate Cobb, Willimantic
Third: Kyle O’Connor, Willimantic
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 25-30 minute play supporting the eesmarts curriculum and mission.
For more information on the student contest and the eesmarts program, please visit www.eesmarts.com.
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.