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Marquis Energy bequests $250,000 toward education

Five high schools receive $50,000 apiece for science, math, ag

On hand for the presentation of a $50,000 donation from Marquis Energy to the Putnam County School District were (from left) Courtney Balestri, elementary principal at Hennepin; Jason Harris, representing Marquis Energy; Mike Olson, junior high principal; Clay Theisinger, high school principal, and Alex Marquis, logistics manager for Marquis Energy. The donation is designated to assist the district's math, science, engineering and agricultural programs.
On hand for the presentation of a $50,000 donation from Marquis Energy to the Putnam County School District were (from left) Courtney Balestri, elementary principal at Hennepin; Jason Harris, representing Marquis Energy; Mike Olson, junior high principal; Clay Theisinger, high school principal, and Alex Marquis, logistics manager for Marquis Energy. The donation is designated to assist the district's math, science, engineering and agricultural programs.

HENNEPIN – Donate $50,000 apiece to five area high schools, and what do you get?

Two hundred fifty thousand reasons to recognize Marquis Energy LLC for tremendously generous bequests to Putnam County High School, Princeton High School, Bureau Valley High School, Hall High School and St. Bede Academy.

The money is to be used in advancing the fields of science, math or agricultural studies at all five schools.

“The success of our local students is a major priority to Marquis, and we hope this investment makes a lasting impact in the lives of our future leaders,”áMark Marquis, CEO of Marquis Energy, said.

“Our students have big aspirations, and we look forward to seeing these future generations better the world,” Marquis said.

Marquis Energy made the bequests, totaling $250,000, Thursday afternoon at its Prairie Industrial Parkway facility in Hennepin.

The donations are an opportunity for Marquis Energy to support local education during financially challenging times, according to Danielle Anderson, executive assistant and director of public relations and political affairs for the company.

“Because of the state shortfall this year, they really wanted to step in and be that community supporter,” Anderson said.

“They (Marquis Energy) care about the local community, and this is one way they can help out our future generations,” she said.

Putnam County Schools Superintendent Carl Carlson said he was pleased about the company’s “tremendously generous” donation.

“The school district is extremely humbled by the generosity of the Marquis family and the Marquis company,” Carlson said.

Carlson noted the Marquis family has a lot of history being involved in education.

For Putnam County schools, the $50,000 donation will help to purchase additional materials, such as newer science textbooks, and also help to offset some cuts, Carlson said. Teachers will be meeting to discuss ways to maximize the positive impact of the donation across the district.

“Anytime they can get additional funds to enrich their curriculum, they’re definitely going to be excited about that,” Carlson said.

In addition, the Marquis Energy-WI LLC plant in Necedah, Wis., is also gifting three local high schools in that area with cash contributions to be used toward science, math and agricultural advancements.

Mark Marquis said the company remains committed to bettering the community through service and producing homegrown ethanol for cleaner air and more affordable fuel.

With a production capacity of one million gallons of fuel grade ethanol per day, Marquis Energy is the largest dry-mill biofuels production facility in the United States.

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