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Nicor Announces Winners of Contest That Encourages Young Students to Think about Using Energy Wisely

Submitted by: NICOR Inc.

Categories: Philanthropy & Corporate Contributions, Renewable & Alternative Energy

Posted: Apr 14, 2007 – 09:41 AM EST


More Than 1000 Students Participate In Energy By Design Contest; A

Apr. 14 /CSRwire/ - NAPERVILLE, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 13, 2007--Nicor has announced the winners of Energy by Design: A visual arts contest for students. Nicor, in partnership with the National Energy Foundation (NEF), developed this innovative contest and is proud to celebrate its second successful year. The contest was designed to bring students, teachers, and families together to become more aware of how to use energy efficiently and the effects of conservation on the environment.

Nicor has been providing energy-related teaching materials to schools for the past 13 years. Energy by Design was developed by Nicor and the National Energy Foundation to enhance our existing Free Natural Gas Instructional Materials Program in a new and exciting way. This contest also aligns with Nicor's other educational initiatives including Dollars for Scholars, ScholarShop and grants, sponsorships, and Matching Gifts for higher education. "Energy by Design rounds out our initiatives by focusing on early education. The contest is a fun opportunity to connect our commitment to education with raising awareness about energy conservation," said Margi Schiemann, Director of Community Relations for Nicor Gas.

To enter the contest, young students were challenged to create a poster that would teach others how to be energy efficient. Contest materials encouraged students to think about how they use energy and what they can do to promote energy efficiency.

Nicor had an increase in entries of over 500% from last year, receiving 1044 entries from schools in 39 communities. Entries were divided into three age-appropriate categories: grades K-2, 3-5 and 6-8. In each grade category there are four winners - Grand Prize, First Place Finalist, Second Place Finalist, and Third Place Finalist. There is also an award category for teachers whose students participated in the contest. Prizes will be distributed at the winners' schools on different dates (see below). All the contest participants and their teachers will receive a certificate of recognition.

"We are tremendously pleased with the results of the contest. All the entries were wonderful. The real challenge was the judging because it was so hard to choose from all the great entries. We are so proud of all the students and teachers who participated and we look forward to next year's entries," said Schiemann.

All the winning entries are posted on the contest Web site at EnergybyDesign.org. The prizes will be awarded to students and teachers at individual award ceremonies (see schedule below).

Grand prize winners in each category won a:

  • Home Energy Makeover conducted by Nicor Services, an affiliate of Nicor Inc. (up to a $3,000 value)

  • $500 U.S. savings bond

  • Pizza party for their classroom

  • Prize pack filled with fun, age-appropriate prizes

  • Congratulatory plaque (to be displayed at the winners' schools)

    The top three finalists in each category won a:

  • $250 U.S. savings bond

  • Prize pack filled with fun, age-appropriate prizes.

  • Congratulatory plaque (to be displayed at the winners' schools)

    Three teachers have won a $1,000 classroom grant. The winners were determined based on the quantity and quality of their students' entries.

    The winners are as follows:

    Prize First Name


    Town Award Ceremony Date
    Grade K-2        
    Grand Prize Patrick Holy Trinity Elementary Bloomington Thursday, April 26, 2007
    1st Place Finalist Natalie Holy Trinity Elementary Bloomington Thursday, April 26, 2007
    2nd Place Finalist Jordan Holy Trinity Elementary Bloomington Thursday, April 26, 2007
    3rd Place Finalist Matthew Holy Trinity Elementary Bloomington Thursday, April 26, 2007
    Grade 3-5        
    Grand Prize Isabel Longwood Elementary Naperville Monday, April 30, 2007
    1st Place Finalist Megan Maplewood Elementary School Cary Thursday, April 26, 2007
    2nd Place Finalist Sarah Martin Luther King School Rockford Friday, April 20, 2007
    3rd Place Finalist Katelyn Holy Trinity Elementary School Bloomington Thursday, April 26, 2007
    Grade 6-8        
    Grand Prize Kelsey Franklin Middle School Wheaton Wednesday, April 25, 2007
    1st Place Finalist Monique Forest Trail Middle School Park Forest Thursday, April 19, 2007
    2nd Place Finalist Alex Rochelle Middle School Rochelle Tuesday, April 24, 2007
    3rd Place Finalist Allison Prairie View Middle School Tinley Park Thursday, April 19, 2007
    Classroom Grant Ms. Kessinger Holy Trinity Elementary School Bloomington Thursday, April 26, 2007
    Classroom Grant Ms. Nealy Ridgeview Elementary School Colfax Tuesday, April 17, 2007
    Classroom Grant Ms. Pekol Minooka Junior High Minooka Friday, April 27, 2007

    Note: Holy Trinity Elementary (Bloomington), Martin Luther King Elementary (Rockford), Prairie View Middle School (Tinley Park) all had winning students last year as well.

    Nicor Inc. (NYSE: GAS) is a holding company and is a member of the Standard and Poor's 500 Index. Its principal businesses are Nicor Gas, one of the nation's largest natural gas distribution companies, and Tropical Shipping, a containerized shipping business serving the Caribbean region and the Bahamas. Nicor also owns and has an equity interest in several energy-related businesses. For more information, visit the Nicor Web site at www.nicor.com.

    Nicor Gas is one of the largest gas distribution companies in the nation, and has provided safe, reliable and cost-effective natural gas service for nearly 50 years. Nicor serves more than two million customers in a service territory that encompasses most of Northern Illinois, excluding the City of Chicago. For more information on Nicor Gas, visit www.nicorgas.com.

    Copyright Business Wire 2007

  • For more information, please contact:

    Richard Caragol Nicor, Inc
    Phone: 630-388-2686


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