The Adventures of Captain Mercaptanâ„ 
A BGE Natural Gas Safety Hero Challenge: Winner announcement

Captain Mercaptain 2016 Winner Image

The Adventures of Captain Mercaptan, BGE Natural Gas Safety Hero Challenge encourages public and private elementary schools in BGE's service area to illustrate a gas safety message featuring Captain Mercaptan, a fictional natural gas safety superhero. Captain Mercaptan's name is derived from mercaptan, a safety additive that BGE and other utilities put in natural gas to give it a distinctive rotten egg odor that makes gas easier to detect. The contest, now in its third year, awards $10,000 to the top school for a school enrichment project. Overall, $35,000 has been awarded by BGE to area schools as part of the contest this year.

On May 11, BGE held a surprise assembly at Fallstaff Elementary/Middle School in Baltimore, which won $10,000 for the Captain's Choice Award and the BGE Hero Award. The winning image, drawn by a third grade student, will be featured in a BGE natural gas safety advertisement the week of May 16. "The teachers and students at Fallstaff Elementary/Middle School should be extremely proud of their winning illustration which demonstrates both creativity and knowledge of natural gas safety," said Christie McMullen, vice president of Gas Distribution, BGE. "I congratulate Principal Dr. Faith Hibbert, Ms. Claudette McLish-Tracey and the students on a job well done."

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:

  • $10,000 Captain's Choice Award and BGE Hero Award, Third Grade: Fallstaff Elementary/Middle School, Baltimore, MD
  • $5,000 BGE Hero Award, Kindergarten: Jarrettsville Elementary School, Jarrettsville, MD
  • $5,000 BGE Hero Award, First Grade: Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Essex, MD
  • $5,000 BGE Hero Award, Second Grade: Perry Hall Christian School, Perry Hall, MD
  • $5,000 BGE Hero Award, Fourth Grade: North Bend Elementary School, Jarrettsville, MD
  • $5,000 BGE Hero Award, Fifth Grade: St. Stephen School, Kingsville, MD

The winning schools will use the award money for school enrichment projects. Fallstaff Elementary/Middle School, which took the top prize and the top third grade class award, plans to use the funding to put towards enhanced technology in the form of laptops or tablets along with educational enrichment activities during the summer such as reading sessions and field trips.