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BGE Announces Wires Down Video Challenge Awards and Presents Nearly $30,000 to Ten Schools in Central Maryland for Their Renditions of the Original Emmy Award-Winning BGE Commercial


BGE Announces Wires Down Video Challenge Awards and Presents Nearly $30,000 to

Ten Schools in Central Maryland for Their Renditions of the Original Emmy Award

-Winning BGE Commercial

Students acknowledged for their combination of artistic, vocal and acting skills to recreate the 

BGE ‘Wires Down’ television commercial

Awards range from $1,000 to $10,000 and recognize students for creativity, teamwork and the

highest number of online votes 

 (Jan. 23, 2014) – Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) is pleased to announce that it has awarded nearly $30,000 in funding for school enrichment projects to ten elementary schools in its central Maryland service area as part of the second annual BGE Wires Down Video Challenge. The ten winning schools and their videos were selected from a field of 22 participating elementary schools.

 “BGE congratulates all of the winning schools in our second annual Wires Down Video Challenge and applauds the efforts of the students and teachers at each of the schools that participated,” said Kenneth W. DeFontes, president and chief executive officer for BGE. “We acknowledge the hard work, creativity and time that the students and teachers from all twenty-two schools put into their videos. We launched our Wires Down Video Challenge, which was based off our original ‘Wires Down’ commercial, to help educate customers about the dangers associated with downed power lines, especially children who may be unaware of the safety hazards. We are proud of the efforts these schools have made to help share this important message with their students, families and friends.”

BGE encourages all customers to view each of the videos submitted in this year’s contest by visiting BGE looks forward to seeing what the schools and students throughout central Maryland come up with next year.

Today at an all-school assembly, BGE presented the grand prize, the Star Power Award, a trophy and a check for $10,000 to Immaculate Conception School in Towson. In addition, William S. Baer School, Baltimore City, was awarded the Spotlight Award and received $5,000. Immaculate Heart of Mary School, Baltimore County, received the Cast & Crew Award and was presented with $3,000. Windsor Farm Elementary, Anne Arundel County, was honored with the Director’s Cut Award and $3,000. Sunset Elementary, Anne Arundel County, was recognized with the Golden Pipes Award and received $3,000.  Sunset Elementary School also won the Rock the Vote Award and received backpacks full of safety gear for the students. The Screen Gem Award winners are as follows, receiving $1,000 each: Belvedere Elementary School, Anne Arundel County; H.O.P.E. Academy, Baltimore City; Westowne Elementary School, Baltimore County; The Legacy School, Carroll County; and Havre de Grace Elementary School, Harford  County.

In February, BGE will launch a new contest for elementary school students called the Captain Mercaptan Natural Gas Safety Hero Challenge. Elementary schools can submit drawings, created by their students, of BGE’s new natural gas safety hero, Captain Mercaptan, for the chance to win up to $10,000 for their school. Entry kits are available online now and submissions will be accepted from Feb. 17 through April 14, 2014. For more information, visit

About the BGE Wires Down Video Challenge

This fall, BGE launched the second annual BGE Wires Down Video Challenge to all elementary schools in its central Maryland service area for a chance to win up to $10,000 toward a school enrichment project. More than 41,000 votes were cast for the 22 videos that were submitted during an online voting phase in December. Elementary schools were encouraged to create their own adaption of BGE’s popular “Wires Down” electric safety commercial for the chance to win up to $10,000 to fund a school enrichment project. Originally produced in 2000, the Emmy Award-winning commercial with its “do not, do not, do not touch” refrain aims to help raise awareness of electricity hazards, especially among young children. For more information on theWires Down Video Challengeand electrical safety, visit