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Darien Student Honored At Eesmarts Contest

Eighth grader Mariam Ghaloo of Darien took second place at the 12th annual eesmarts student contest at the State Capitol.
Eighth grader Mariam Ghaloo of Darien took second place at the 12th annual eesmarts student contest at the State Capitol. Photo Credit: Contributed

DARIEN, Conn. -- Darien area student Mariam Ghaloo was recently honored as a finalist at the 12th annual eesmarts Student Contest ceremony held at the State Capitol.

Presented by Energize Connecticut in partnership with Eversource, the United Illuminating Company, Connecticut Natural Gas and the Southern Connecticut Gas Company, the eesmarts competition invites Connecticut students in grades K through 12, along with college students, to create projects about energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainability.

Ghaloo’s project, a public service announcement about insulation and how it can help a household save energy, was awarded second place in the eighth grade category, earning her a $100 Amazon gift card and a plaque.

The ceremony attracted more than 150 students, parents, teachers, elected officials and clean energy supporters from across the state.

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, click here.

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