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Mississippi Elementary students receive Energy Smart Awards during Mississippi Science and Engineering fairs

Jackson, Mississippi — April 25, 2019 — The Mississippi Development Authority’s Energy and Natural Resources Division recently awarded six Mississippi students Energy Smart Awards during the Science and Engineering fairs, which were held throughout the state.

“Excellence in teaching the STEM curriculum to Mississippi’s future leaders is key to developing the workforce of the future while getting these students on an exciting career path in these innovative fields,” said MDA Executive Director Glenn McCullough, Jr. “The Mississippi Science and Engineering fairs provide an excellent platform for these students to showcase their capabilities, which is why MDA is proud to honor them for their hard work and drive to succeed.”

The Energy Smart Award identifies student projects that successfully demonstrate energy efficiency, energy conservation and/or the use of renewable energy resources, such as solar, biomass or wind power.

The 2019 Energy Smart Award recipients are:

  • Region I – Allie Bonds, 6th Grade, South Side Upper Elementary School, Picayune
  • Region II – Timothy Lyndell White, Jr., 5th Grade, New Hope Christian Elementary, Jackson
  • Region III – Jose Vervil, 6th Grade, Presbyterian Day School, Cleveland
  • Region V – Christopher Young, 5th Grade, Sale Elementary School, Columbus
  • Region VI – Yabdiel Suazo, 4th Grade, Trent Lott Academy, Pascagoula
  • Region VII – Shanvi Kher, 5th Grade, Grenada Elementary, Grenada

To qualify for the award, judges evaluated the students’ projects in accordance with specific criteria regarding content, scientific thought, creativity, skill and thoroughness.