Students Win Big with Ethanol Videos

Students from Auburn, Norris and Platteview high Sschools received $2,000 in awards from the Nebraska Ethanol Board’s Field to Fuel video contest.

With a focus on informing and educating the public about renewable fuels, students were asked to research, film and edit a two-minute video on the importance and value of American Ethanol.

Auburn High School seniors – Jacob Dedic, Brett Gerdes, Austin Hickey, Sarah Knowlton, Tyler Lindsey, Sara Mack, Meg Reischick, Sheldon Rightsell, Jonah Schuetz, Aissa Shelly, Kylie Stutheit and Noah Wynn – won first place and $1,000. Their video included whiteboard drawings explaining the value of ethanol to our economy and environment. The prize money will be used for college scholarships for the team of seniors.

Front Row from Left: Sarah Knowlton, Aissa Shelly, Kylie Stutheit, Meg Reischick,
Back Row from Left: Jonah Schuetz, Noah Wynn, Brett Gerdes
Not Pictured: Sheldon Rightsell, Sara Mack, Tyler Lindsey, Austin Hickey, Jacob Dedic


“Ethanol is the fuel of the future,” said Shelly. “As time goes on, we must take into consideration the issues we as humans make for ourselves, our future, and most importantly, our environment.”

Second place, along with a prize of $600, was awarded to junior Tiera Berggren and sophomore Chanasei Ziemann of Norris High School in rural Lancaster County. Their video featured interviews with experts on ethanol’s environmental impact and aerial shots of corn being harvested.

From left, Tiera Berggren and Chanasei Ziemann from Norris High School

Juniors Louden Ferguson, Jacob Muff, Tate Muff and Pruett Newton of Platteview High School in Springfield were awarded third place and a $400 prize. Their video focused on how ethanol will be used in the future and what it could mean to their generation and others going forward.

“We had the most entrants we’ve ever had for this competition, and we appreciate all the hard work every student put into creating and producing their videos,” said Luke Miller, public information officer for the Nebraska Ethanol Board. “Our goal is to get the next generation of drivers interested in renewable fuels and to have fun in the process.”

Auburn’s winning submission will be shown at the Ethanol 2018: Emerging Issues Forum to be held in Omaha April 12-13.