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4/16/2014 - Bridgeport students recognized for science fair projects

Xiomara Hernandez

Bridgeport students Xiomara Hernandez and Rahnumar Rahmon were honored as a finalist for their projects, “Nature’s Way of Cleaning Oil Spills in Fresh Water” and “Biogas: The Future of Alternative Energy,” respectively, at the 66th annual Science and Engineering Fair at Quinnipiac University on March 15.

Energize Connecticut sponsored the special award categories of Alternative/Renewable Energy for middle and high school students, Future Sustainability for high school students and Sustainable Resources and Practices for middle school students.

Hernandez and Rahmon’s projects were honored in the Sustainable Resources and Practices for middle school students.


Rahnumar Rahmon

On hand to present the awards to the finalists were Connecticut Light & Power Senior Program Administrator Rebecca Meyer and United Illuminating Co. Director of Commercial and Industrial Services Roy Haller. Representatives from CL&P and UI served as judging chairs and coordinated approximately 30 judges from the Department of Energy & Environmental Protection, Capitol Region Education Council, Clean Energy Finance & Investment Authority, Pratt & Whitney, United Technologies Corporation, University of New Haven and U.S. Coast Guard Academy.

The Connecticut Science and Engineering Fair is open to students in seventh through 12th grades across the state, who compete for more than 600 spots each year. The objective of the fair is to attract young people to careers in the science and engineering industry, while also developing critical thinking skills. The fair is supported by several academic and industrial organizations throughout the state, with funds directed to the awards, operations and various educational activities.