WTOC Top Teen: Katrina Stine

Katrina Stine
Katrina Stine

Ever worry when you fly about something getting sucked into the engine and causing problems?

It's a real concern, and amazingly, we found a Low Country student working on a real solution.

For that and more, Katrina Stine is this week's WTOC Top Teen.

1500 students, from more than 45 countries, seek the top prize at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Hilton Head Preparatory School sophomore Katrina Stine is in the thick of the competition.

"I've worked really hard to get here so I am enjoying it," Katrina told WTOC from Albuquerque.

At this year's fair, Katie is presenting her invention. She developed an airplane protection device which deflects debris and birds from getting caught in jet engines.

"I was watching the news and there was a plane crash in Kentucky which was linked to a bird getting caught in the engine, and that is where it all started," she said.

Now, Katrina is competing against the brightest students from around the world, and she says the learning continues.

"It's a lot of fun and I get to see other projects and experience other cultures," she said.

Katie is keeping her family posted on her progress at the science fair.

"They are proud of me and pretty amazed at what I can think up," she said.

While she prepares for college and possible future as a military pilot, Katie's experience in Albuquerque has forced her to miss a few important events at home. She has a message for everyone on Hilton Head.

"I'd like to say 'hi' and happy birthday to my sister, Heidi," katie said. "I missed her birthday, but I'll see you all soon."

Katie is already a winner, and could be coming home with a piece of the 4,000,000 dollars worth of awards, prizes and scholarships.

She'll find out if she won at an awards banquet Thursday night.

And that's why Katrina Stine is this week's WTOC Top Teen.

Reported by: Don Logana, dlogana@wtoc.com