IRFA Announces “Fuel the Future” Iowa High School Video Contest Winners

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Contest Winners from Des Moines, Bettendorf and Ankeny Focus on Benefits of E15, Biodiesel

JOHNSTON, IOWA – The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) today announced that Anna Steenson of Des Moines won first place in IRFA’s 5th Annual “Fuel the Future” video contest for Iowa high school students. The IRFA awarded the senior from Central Campus a $1,000 grand prize for her creative and informative video titled “E15: Powering the Future.”

Karly Lent of Bettendorf, Iowa won the $600 second place prize for her video entitled, “Let’s Fuel the Future.” Karly is a junior at Bettendorf High School.

Jacquelyn Huynh, Dakota Karthan, Maria Babcock and Jordan Bacon won the $400 third place prize for their video entitled, “Good for Your Car, Better for Iowa.” This group of girls is a collection of juniors and seniors from Ankeny High School.

“First, I want to thank all of the Iowa high school students who took on the challenge of entering this year’s contest and learning about the benefits of using renewable fuels,” stated IRFA Communications Director T.J. Page. “This year’s video contest winners all created highly imaginative, entertaining, and informative videos that do a great job of explaining the benefits of using cleaner-burning biofuels like ethanol and biodiesel.”

IRFA’s “Fuel the Future” video contest challenges Iowa high school students to create the best video highlighting the importance and benefits of renewable fuels—such as ethanol and biodiesel—to local communities, Iowa and the nation. This year’s contest was sponsored by the law firm of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP. In addition to receiving $2,000 in prizes, the top three videos were featured at today’s 9th Annual Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit. All of the contest entries are posted on IRFA’s YouTube channel:http://www.youtube.com/IowaRenewableFuels

The first place winner can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XrNMjmRViUE

The second place winner can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MT9EG_QzYt8&feature=youtu.be

The third place winner can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iu_5HVGbqfs&feature=youtu.be

Iowa is the nation’s leader in renewable fuels production. Iowa has 43 ethanol refineries capable of producing more than 3.8 billion gallons annually, including 22 million gallons of annual cellulosic ethanol production capacity and one cellulosic ethanol facility currently under construction. In addition, Iowa has 12 biodiesel facilities with the capacity to produce nearly 315 million gallons annually.

The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association was formed in 2002 to represent the state’s liquid renewable fuels industry. The trade group fosters the development and growth of the renewable fuels industry in Iowa through education, promotion, legislation and infrastructure development.