IRFA Announces Winners of 4th Annual High School Renewable Fuels Video Contest

Press Contact: T.J. Page


Winning Videos Focus on E15 and Biodiesel

JOHNSTON, IOWA – The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) today announced that John Low of Marion won first place in IRFA’s 4th Annual “Fuel the Future” Video Contest for Iowa high school students. The IRFA awarded the eleventh grader from Linn-Mar High School a $1,000 grand prize for his highly entertaining and informative video titled “E15: The Fuel of the Future,” which beat out 26 other entries.

Second place, and winner of a $600 prize, was awarded to Tyler Yates and Dalton Hart of Muscatine, Iowa for their video entitled, “Saving the Planet with Ethanol.” Tyler and Dalton are juniors at Muscatine High School.

Third place, and winner of a $400 prize, was awarded to Megan Anderson, Trenton Bacus and Tyler Blaudow of Bussey, Iowa for their “Paul Harvey spoof” entitled, “The Farmer Made Biodiesel.” Anderson is a senior, while Bacus and Blaudow are juniors at Twin Cedars High School.

“Every year I’m amazed at how creative and informative these student-produced videos are,” stated IRFA Communications Director T.J. Page. “The IRFA congratulates all of the ‘Fuel the Future’ winners, as well as each of the Iowa high school students who took on the challenge of entering this year’s contest.”

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 8th Annual Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit. All of the contest entries are posted on IRFA’s YouTube channel:

The first place winner can be found here:

The second place winner can be found here:

The third place winner can be found here:

Iowa is the leader in renewable fuels production. Iowa has 42 ethanol refineries capable of producing over 3.8 billion gallons annually, with three cellulosic ethanol facilities 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.