For Immediate Release
BALTIMORE (May 21, 2015) — BGE today awarded grants to four schools in central Maryland
for the student-designed comic book covers they submitted featuring BGE’s fictional gas safety
hero, Captain Mercaptan and his two sidekicks, Sunny and Piper. The winning entry was from St.
Stephen School in Kingsville, Md., which received the $10,000 top prize to use for a school
enrichment project. Overall, $35,000 is being awarded by BGE to area schools as part of the
contest. Captain Mercaptan takes his name from “mercaptan,” the safety scent that BGE and other
gas utilities add to normally odorless natural gas to give it a distinctive, easy-to-detect smell.
“Helping customers, especially the children in our service area, understand how to be safe around
gas and electricity is our top priority. We’re really pleased that Captain Mercaptan continues to be a
great way to spread gas safety messages to school kids,” said Christie McMullen, vice president of
Gas Distribution, BGE. “We thank the teachers, administrators and parents and the many students
across central Maryland who demonstrated their creativity and understanding of natural gas safety
in their Captain Mercaptan comic book designs.”
Area schools submitted 18 drawings and descriptions of Captain Mercaptan in April before public
voting and an expert panel of judges selected the winners. Nearly 23,000 votes were cast online at
bgegashero.com. In addition to the first place winning prize, a top entry was chosen for each grade
level, kindergarten through fifth grade. The winning schools were:
Winning schools will use the awards for school enrichment projects. St. Stephen School, which
took the top prize and the top fifth grade class entry will use the funding to purchase new
technology, including tablet computers.
BGE traces its roots back to 1816 and the first gas utility in North America. Today the company
provides safe, reliable natural gas service to more than 650,000 gas customers in central Maryland.
Customers are reminded to immediately contact BGE at 1.800.685.0123 from a safe location if they
have any questions or concerns about natural gas. For more information on the Captain Mercaptan
contest, including future adventures, visit bgegashero.com. Gas safety tips are available at
bge.com/naturalgassafety. BGE also has a companion contest for electric safety, the BGE Wires
Down Video Challenge, which will launch this fall. This electric safety contest encourages
elementary schools to create their own adaptation of BGE’s “Wires Down” electric safety
commercial for a chance to win up to $10,000. Visit bgevideochallenge.com for the contest timeline
and more information.
BGE, headquartered in Baltimore, is Maryland’s largest natural gas and electric utility, delivering
power to more than 1.25 million electric customers and more than 650,000 natural gas customers
in central Maryland. The company’s approximately 3,200 employees are committed to the safe and
reliable delivery of natural gas and electricity, as well as enhanced energy management,
conservation, environmental stewardship and community assistance. BGE is a subsidiary of Exelon
Corporation (NYSE: EXC), the nation’s leading competitive energy provider, with 2014 revenues of
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