Local High School Freshman Wins Impressive WVU Scholarship


One local high school student is making many proud and inspiring others with his young innovation.

Wheeling Park freshman student, Luke Rapp, applied his science and engineering talent and received a West Virginia University scholarship at the recent Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix.

The journey started when Rapp won the grand prize at the annual West Liberty University Science and Engineering Fair.

Rapp was inspired to find a way to make surgery faster. That’s exactly what he did and it landed him an amazing scholarship.

Rapp invented a technology that focuses on neutralizing bacteria and viruses floating in the air, so they are unable to create infection when they land on an incision site. By delivering an ultraviolet C light fence around an incision site, the device provides just-in-time microorganism deactivation to protect the patient, without creating a cumbersome working environment for surgical staff.

Rapp also engineered a portable programmable device for sanitizing surfaces of small items. He has already submitted a provisional patent to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Rapp is grateful and thinks very highly of WVU and WLU for all that they do for young science and engineering students.

“It’s wonderful that WVU recruits science and engineering students on the world stage. Also, WLU puts its money where its mouth is regarding Science Technology Engineering and Math,” said Rapp.

Rapp said the most valuable lesson he’s learned from his science fair experiences is “how to motivate and teach myself. These skills build personal confidence and are ones I can use to carry out my life-long journey of education.”

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