Students Show Talent in Renewable Fuels Video Contest

Cindy Zimmerman

Iowa high school students showed off their talent for video production in the first ever Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) “Fuel the Future” video contest.

Students were challenged 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 and the four winning videos were featured at the recent 5th Annual Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit. The winners were selected by a panel of five judges who combined extensive film, television, marketing, and renewable fuels expertise.

IRFA video contest winnersTreynor High School students Spencer Hawk, Alex Severn, Garrett Gibson and Conrad Sain won the $2,000 grand prize for their video entitled “Fuel of the Future” – a hilarious and clever parody of an action movie trailer. The are pictured here receiving their award.


“The judges were blown away by the creativity and effort the students put into their renewable fuels videos,” said IRFA Biofuels Manager Grant Menke. “IRFA congratulates not just the winning students, but all those who participated. This was a great opportunity for students to learn about the benefits of renewable fuels and to share that knowledge with their peers and all Iowans.”
The contest was made possible by the Iowa Office of Energy Independence through funding from its Iowa Power Fund Community Grant program and the sponsorship of Faegre & Benson.

The other top winners were:
Linn-Mar High School student Sam Fathallah from Marion won the $1000 second place prize for his video called “What is Biodiesel?”
Roland-Story High School students Andrew Smith and Kendall Gustafson, both from Story City, won the $600 third place prize for their video entitled “Bio Fuel.”
South Hamilton High School student Marcus Hemphill of Jewell earned the $400 fourth place prize for his video called “The Biofuel Network.”

Most of the winning videos and qualifying entries can be viewed on IRFA’s YouTube® channel at

Watch the winning video here:

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