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WINNERS: High schools from Waukee and Treynor won the top three spots in the Fuel the Future contest for 2017, focusing their video messaging efforts on benefits of the E15 ethanol blend and on biodiesel.

‘Fuel the Future’ contest focuses on benefits of biofuels

Iowa Renewable Fuels 2017 Iowa high school video contest names winners.

The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association’s annual “Fuel the Future” high school video contest gives students a chance to grow their expertise in the fuel and technology of a new generation. This year, Jacob Roush and Dylan Smith of Waukee combined both their tech savvy and renewable fuels prowess with a healthy dose of creativity to win the $1,000 grand prize for their video “Choose Ethanol: Fuel the Future.”

Amy Wieland and Tyler Groathouse of Waukee High School won the $600 second place prize for their video entitled, “E15 — A Decision as Simple as Dinner.” Emily Sutherland, of Treynor High School, was awarded the $400 third-place prize for her video entitled, “The World Needs Fuel.”

Contest challenges high school students
“I want to thank all the students for their hard work and congratulate this year’s winners,” says IRFA policy director Grant Menke. “When this contest began seven years ago, we asked students to focus on fuels that were scarcely available to the average consumer. Now, the winning video actually features a typical E15 pump at a local gas station. Access to E15 and biodiesel at the pump grows each year because they truly are the fuels of the future. Jacob and Dylan’s winning video uses creative video editing, an interesting storyline, and effective messaging to point out why.”

IRFA’s “Fuel the Future” video contest challenges Iowa high school students to create an entertaining and informative video highlighting the importance and benefits of E15 and biodiesel. This year’s contest was sponsored by the Faegre Baker Daniels Law Firm. In addition to receiving $2,000 in prizes, the top three videos were featured at today’s 2017 Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit. All of the contest entries are posted on IRFA’s YouTube channel: youtube.com/IowaRenewableFuels.

Take a look at the winning videos:
• First place — Choose Ethanol: Fuel the Future
• Second place — E15 – A Decision as Simple as Dinner
• Third place — The World Needs Fuel

Source: Iowa Renewable Fuels Association

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