2014 Energy Smart Award Winner Announced

Jackson, Miss. (May 8, 2014) – The Energy & Natural Resources Division of the Mississippi Development Authority announces the selection of Hannah Davis as the winner of the 2014 Energy Smart Award for the Region I Science and Engineering Fair. The event was held recently on the campus of the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg. The Energy Smart Award identifies student projects that successfully demonstrate energy efficiency, energy conservation and/or the use of renewable resources such as solar, biomass or wind power.
A student at Richton Elementary in Richton, Davis’ project investigated the energy efficiency benefits of hydropower, a renewable energy source that comes from the force of moving water. Hannah constructed a small model water turbine that demonstrated the use of hydropower to lift a small weight.
“We congratulate Hanna on being chosen as this year’s winner of the Region I Energy Smart Award and thank all the students who participated in the event,” said Karen Bishop, director of MDA’s Energy and Natural Resources Division. “These awards reflect the tradition of honoring the best of the projects that demonstrate the importance of energy efficiency, and the knowledge demonstrated by this year’s students is exciting as we work toward and prepare for a more energy-efficient future.”
To qualify for the award, judges evaluated the projects in accordance with specific criteria regarding project content, scientific thought, creativity, skill and thoroughness.
MDA’s Energy & Natural Resources Division provides a broad array of cost-effective energy efficiency programs and services to industry, government, and businesses throughout Mississippi. For more information about the services the division offers, visit www.mississippi.org/energy.

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