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Contests and competitions: Student continues to add to resume




Russell Krug already has a good idea what he wants to pursue once he graduates from high school.

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Russell Krug already has a good idea what he wants to pursue once he graduates from high school.

The Thomas More Prep-Marian 10th-grader is checking out the military service branches and wants to pursue a career in either science and engineering or history --or both.

In the meantime, he searches far and wide for opportunities to get a jump start and gain some experience in those fields.

He is quickly building an impressive resume during his sophomore year.

After attending workshops on intelligence and defense at the National Youth Leadership Forum on National Security last fall in Washington, Krug competed on Feb. 13 as a finalist in the JumpStart Kansas competition at McPherson College.

Krug said he ran across the contest on the Internet and redid a project he had entered in the Fort Hays State University Science and Engineering Fair as an eighth-grader at Kennedy Middle School two years ago.

"I changed it from an engineering idea to a business idea," he said of his entry, which featured ways of finding clean energy sources by using the Bernoulli Principle.

The design, which uses the wind's energy to pull air from the ground up, turning a turbine's blade along the way, Krug proposed, is safer for wildlife, has fewer moving parts, has no maximum operable wind speed and would be easier to maintain with a generator at ground level.

"I chose to use what is available and abundant in Kansas: the wind," he said in his report.

Krug was notified by email he was one of the top 10 finalists -- judges chose five for commercial entrepreneurship and the other for social entrepreneurship.

The top prizes for those two categories were $5,000 to two Kansas high school students, to be used at any post-secondary institution. In addition, the grand prize winners each receive $5,000 annual scholarships to McPherson College.

An entry about building a better bra boutique by Kayla Onstott from Kansas City, Kan., was chosen the best in the commercial category, while Brandon Mackie from Coffeyville won the grand prize grant in the social category for his board game, "Highway to Heaven."

While Krug didn't bring home the top prize, he said he will continue to participate in similar competitions.

Next up for Krug are three busy weekends.

He was planning to compete in Saturday's 2013 FHSU Science and Engineering Fair, and next weekend is the final regular-season tournament for Krug and the rest of the TMP chess team. The Monarch squad, which has finished in the top three of all six of its meets (including five firsts), then will participate at the state meet in Wichita on March 9.

"It's all good experience," he said, "and it helps me build my resume."