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Wapsie Valley High School Seniors Awarded Flint Hills Resources Discovery Scholarship

Local students excel in academics; plan to pursue science-related careers

Flint Hills Resources is proud to announce Wapsie Valley High School seniors Mara Huebner and Joseph Kuhlmann as recipients of the company’s Discovery Scholarship Award. In addition to their high academic standing, the students earned the $1,500 scholarships due to their demonstrated leadership skills, proficiency in math, science and agriculture classes, and an interest in pursuing careers in a math, science or agriculture-related field.

“We couldn’t be more pleased to congratulate Mara and Joseph,” said Michael Peterman, plant manager of the Flint Hills Resources Fairbank facility. “Wapsie Valley has a long history of preparing students to succeed in the world, and community investment is central to Flint Hills’ values. We are proud to help them reach their goals.”

Throughout high school, Mara Huebner has focused largely on math and science classes. She has earned a GPA of 3.87 and has plans to enroll in a pre-dental program at Coe College in Cedar Rapids. Mara’s family has a long history of farming in the area, and she has been very active in the local Future Farmers of America chapter.

Joseph Kuhlmann has plans to enroll in a physics/engineering program at Coe College. He will graduate from Wapsie Valley with a 4.0 GPA and earned a 27 on the ACT. In addition to excelling in science and math-related courses, Joseph has also been very involved in pursuing vocal music. His family has strong ties to the community and has lived the school district for generations.

Flint Hills Resources, LLC, through its subsidiaries, is a leading refining and chemicals company. Its subsidiaries market products such as gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, ethanol, biodiesel, olefins, polymers and intermediate chemicals, as well as base oils and asphalt. Flint Hills Resources operates ethanol plants in Fairbank, Iowa Falls, Menlo and Shell Rock, Iowa. The plants have a combined annual capacity of 435 million gallons of ethanol. Flint Hills Resources, a leading producer of transportation fuels in the Upper Midwest, is the largest purchaser of ethanol in Minnesota, where it has utilized ethanol and other biofuels in its fuel distribution system since the mid-’90s. The company also has made equity investments in bioenergy companies, and operates a biodiesel plant near Fort Worth, Texas.

The refining business operates refineries in Alaska (North Pole), Minnesota (Rosemount) and Texas (Corpus Christi), with a combined crude oil processing capacity of more than 800,000 barrels per day. The petrochemical business includes production facilities in Illinois, Michigan and Texas. The asphalt business produces and markets product in the Midwest and Alaska. A subsidiary owns an interest in a lubricants base oil facility in Louisiana.