Hancock's Tanner Pahl took first place in the essay contest, earning a $1,000 scholarship.

Four students from Minnesota have been selected as recipients of the 2019 Clean Air Choice® Biodiesel Scholarships. The first place essay was submitted by Tanner Pahl of Hancock, Minnesota. His essay, “Biodiesel’s Impact on Minnesota,” noted that the fuel is naturally nontoxic and helps to support the rural economy. Pahl was a standout baseball player at Hancock High School and intends to attend the University of Minnesota at Crookston, double majoring in business and entrepreneurship. He received a $1,000 scholarship for his winning essay.

The scholarships are sponsored by the Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council and administered by the American Lung Association’s office in Saint Paul. Open to all high school seniors in the state, participants submit brief essays or videos about biodiesel to be judged. Nearly 100 high school seniors submitted entrees for this year’s scholarships.

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