Stonington student James Waters was honored recently as a finalist at the 14th annual "eesmarts Student Contest" ceremony held at the Connecticut State Capitol. James was awarded third place in the fourth grade category for his letter to Principal Jennifer McCurdy. In the letter, he stresses that by saving energy we are able to help the environment and save the school money. In addition to offering renewable energy solutions, James highlights how ENERGY STAR appliances and products are made to save energy.

Presented by Energize Connecticut in partnership with Eversource and United Illuminating, Southern Connecticut Gas and Connecticut Natural Gas, subsidiaries of AVANGRID, Inc., the student contest invites Connecticut students in grades K-12 to create projects about 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 was the keynote speaker, and Miss Connecticut 2018 Bridget Oei served as Master of Ceremonies.

Pictured with Waters, front left, are other grade four finalists in front; and in back row are State Rep. Kate Rotella, Joe Gresko, Jill Barry, DEEP Deputy Commissioner Mary Sotos, Ron Araujo of Eversource, and Jane Lano. 

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