Darien Student Wins 2nd Place 8th Grade State Energy-Use Contest

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Mariam Ghaloo, a Darien student, was honored last week, in a ceremony held at the State Capitol, as a finalist in a statwide student contest on using energy wisely.

Ghaloo won second place in the category for 8th graders with a public service announcement about how insulation can help a consumer save money. She was honored last week at the State Capitol as a finalist in the competition, the 12th annual “eesmarts Student Contest”

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Mariam Ghaloo with her award. (photo from EnergizeCT)

Presented by Energize Connecticut in partnership with Eversource and the United Illuminating Company (UI), Connecticut Natural Gas, and the Southern Connecticut Gas Company, the eesmarts Student Contest invites Connecticut students in grades K-12 and college to create projects about energy efficiency, renewable energy, and sustainability.

Mariam’s project was awarded 2nd place in the Grade 8 category. She prepared a public service announcement about insulation and how it can help a household save energy. Mariam received a $100 Amazon gift card and plaque.


— This is an announcement, somewhat altered, from Energize Connecticut


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.

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Mariam Ghaloo She is pictured with other category winners, State Representative Michelle Cook of Torrington, DEEP’s Tracy Babbage, Stephen Bruno with Eversource, Patrick McDonnell with United Illuminating Company, and Darien’s First Selectwoman Jayme Stevenson.

Tracy Babbage of Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection was the keynote speaker for the event, and NBC Connecticut anchor and education reporter Todd Piro served as Master of Ceremonies.

For more information on the student contest and the eesmarts program, please visitwww.eesmarts.com.

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, and your local electric and gas utilities, 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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