One hundred sixty students from the eastern half of Kansas brought close to 130 science and engineering projects to Emporia State for judging as part of the Regional Science and Engineering Fair held at the Memorial Union Webb Hall on Saturday.
Council Grove senior Chris Siegle took first in Division I, or high school grades, with his research project on coal. Siegle researched the relationship between mass, volume and consistency of coal along with the amount of thermal energy coal releases. He found solid coal puts out more energy than ground-up coal, especially if the pieces are relatively large.
Siegle's project impressed the judges enough for the Physical Sciences department to offer him a $2,000 scholarship during the awards ceremony.
Also for Division I, Lanna Wagner of Goessel took second place and a group project involving Xavier Cahoone, Felicial Haverland and Kegan Magathan of Turning Point took third.
For Division II, or elementary and junior high grades, Eureka Junior-Senior High took the top two-and-a-half slots. Camryn Hoover took first, with Braden Lowe second and Elizabeth Inmann tying for third. Essence Carter of Fort Riley Middle School tied with Inmann.