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West Hartford Students Recognized as Winners in ‘eesmarts’ Student Contest 

Third-grader Adina Gamzen was a first-place winner in the eesmarts contest. Courtesy photo

More than 100 students submitted projects to the 17th annual statewide contest promoting sustainability, energy efficiency, and clean and renewable energy.


West Hartford students Adina Gamzon (Grade 3), Asher Gamzon (Grade 1), Kayla Aroesty (Grade K), Logan Murphy (Grade 3) and Sholom Gopin (Grade K) were recently honored as winners in the 17th Annual eesmarts Student Contest.

Presented by Energize Connecticut in partnership with Eversource and United Illuminating, Southern Connecticut Gas and Connecticut Natural Gas, subsidiaries of AVANGRID, Inc., the eesmarts Student Contest invites Connecticut students in grades K-12 to showcase their energy smarts.

Participants were able to choose from a variety of project formats, based on their grade level, including poems, essays, news articles, book reviews, posters, photographs, speeches, public service announcements, community-oriented projects, and more.

Logan Murphy. Courtesy photo

For the third grade category, students submitted narratives about saving energy at home or school by recycling. Adina, a student at the New England Jewish Academy, won first place for her submission about using reusable bags at the grocery store and recycling or reusing plastic bottles and cans. Logan, a student at Norfeldt Elementary School, received third place for his narrative entitled “The Orbs” where he challenges readers to recycle plastic in order to save the planet.

Asher Gamzon. Courtesy photo

Students in Kindergarten through second grade submitted posters showing how to save energy around the house or at school. Asher, a first-grade student at the New England Jewish Academy, won third place for his poster which showed nine ways to save energy. Kayla and Sholom, who also attend the New England Jewish Academy, received first and third in the Kindergarten category for their posters.

Kayla Aroesty. Courtesy photo

Sholom Gopin. Courtesy photo

More than 100 students from 20 schools in 16 Connecticut communities submitted their work for consideration. Twenty-five entries were selected as this year’s winners and each finalist received a prize box with a gift card and certificate.

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 Energy Efficiency Fund, the Connecticut Green Bank, the State, 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 1.877.WISE.USE.

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