Press Release

Brentwood, Copiague, East Moriches, Hewlett-Woodmere, Mineola, Oyster Bay-East Norwich, Sayville, Smithtown and West Islip Students Win PSEG Long Island’s Energy Conservation PSA Contest

(UNIONDALE, N.Y. – June 7, 2023) Today PSEG Long Island announced the 11 student winners of its annual I Am EM-Powered Energy Conservation Video Public Service Announcement Contest. Two hundred seventy three videos were submitted by creative, local schoolchildren, and 11 made the final cut. Dozens of students and teachers who participated in the program watched the announcement live via webinar hosted by the company this morning.

Over the past two and a half months, nearly 4,000 students in grades 4-8 across Long Island and the Rockaways engaged in PSEG Long Island’s I Am EM-Powered program. They learned concepts of conserving energy, reducing reliance on fossil fuels, the benefits of renewable energy and tackling pollution – concepts they put into action in their video public service announcements.

“It’s great to see how these young learners are embracing the concepts of clean energy, reducing reliance on fossil fuels and tackling pollution. They are adding to the discussion about what we can do to protect and nurture our planet. Congratulations to the thousands of students who participated, and thank you to the teachers who brought the contest and coursework into their classrooms.”

-  Michael Voltz, Director of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, PSEG Long Island

“It was an honor to announce the winners and share the first look at the winning videos,” said Michael Presti, PSEG Long Island’s director of Customer Experience and Marketing, who also co-hosted the event. “It was great to see how the students took concepts about saving the planet they were given and put them into creative, informational videos. They did such great work!”

Sponsored by PSEG Long Island, the I AM EM-Powered program was provided free to students in the company’s service area – Nassau and Suffolk counties and the Rockaways.

Created by educational consultants, D. Barrett Associates, the STEM-related coursework provided lessons on energy conservation, energy efficiency and renewable energy in alignment with current educational standards on these topics. Teachers could select and submit their favorite three videos to be judged by a strict grading rubric. 

Program and contest: By the numbers

  • 3,852 4th – 8th grade students participated
  • 89 teachers 
  • 38 elementary and middle schools 
  • 30 school districts in Nassau and Suffolk counties and the Rockaways
  • 273 PSA videos submitted

Here is a complete list of the winners:

Student Winners


Teacher Name

School Name

School District

Olivia Caraballo


Debbie Dowling

Twin Pines Elementary School


Christie Arce, Darlene Herrera and Carissa Spencer


Daniel Leccese

Copiague Middle School


Stephanie Rekas and Alyson Vargas


Daniel Leccese

Copiague Middle School


Connor Malley-Bajohr, Collin Johnson, Brayden Olin and Nicholas Wolf


Cheryl Mitchell

East Moriches Middle School

East Moriches

Tatiana Marquez and Liam Quinn


Ellen McGlade-McCulloh

Mineola Middle School


Georgina Placella


Suzanne Gentile

James Vernon Elementary School

Oyster Bay - East Norwich

Aviva Kravets, Sarah Levi, Mikayla Oren and Jacqueline Soltanovich


Hope Hoolan

Woodmere Middle School


Andrew Levin and Eli Rochler


Susan Sheppard

Woodmere Middle School


Amy Chiarulli, Sophia Lanzilotta and Hailey Lucia


Melinda Moran

Cherry Ave Elementary School


Gia Mayer


Diana Lanze

Mills Pond Elementary School


Quinn Pepitone, Benjamin Rothfeld, Cody Stebbins and Ryder Zurita


Justin DeMaio

Bayview Elementary School

West Islip

The 11 award-winning videos will be on display at the Long Island Children’s Museum in Garden City in late June through July. The 11 PSAs and a recording of the winners announcement are also available on YouTube. Visit and select the “I Am EM-powered PSA contest winners 2023” playlist.

PSEG Long Island provides educational resources through its robust Community Partnership Program, which includes educational programs for children of all ages at schools, after-school and camp programs. Tens of thousands of young learners have been educated on energy conservation and electric safety through these programs.


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PSEG Long Island
PSEG Long Island operates the Long Island Power Authority’s transmission and distribution system under a long-term contract.  PSEG Long Island is a subsidiary of Public Service Enterprise Group Inc. (PSEG) (NYSE:PEG), a publicly traded diversified energy company.