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Salina South Senior Wins $52,000 Scholarship

Associated Press - January 31, 2014 8:37 am

Kevin Kraus

A Salina South High School senior wins at $52,000 Wichita State University scholarship.

According to WSU, Kevin Kraus is one of two Harry Gore Memorial Scholarship recipients. He will receive $13,000 a year for four years to attend Wichita State, a total of $52,000 each.

To be considered for the Gore Scholarship, Kraus competed in the Distinguished Scholarship Invitational in November. Students must have a 24 or higher ACT score and a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA.

Kraus is, a three-year varsity captain of the Scholars Bowl team, is interested in studying aerospace engineering at WSU.

He is a member of the National Honor Society, Model UN, jazz band and Junior Leadership Salina, as well as co-founder and co-chairman of the Youth Ministry Team.

Kraus served as drum major his sophomore, junior and senior year of high school and received superior ratings for individual solos at regional and state band competitions.

“His impressive intellect notwithstanding, Kevin’s ability to lead small groups and class activities was truly exceptional,” said Salina South AP world history teacher Kevin Poland. “When you combine Kevin’s intellect, rhetoric skills and historiography skills, Kevin was able to balance opinions, sources and evidence to effectively lead a discussion.”

Gore scholarships have been awarded annually since 1954 to freshmen entering WSU who display outstanding potential for leadership. Theodore and Ralph Gore established the Harry Gore Memorial Scholarship in 1952.

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