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Olathe third-grader in running to be next K’NEXpert

Updated: 2013-10-10T16:41:49Z

By ROBERT A. CRONKLETON

The Kansas City Star

An Olathe third-grader’s interest in belt-driven drum fans has him in the running to be the next K’NEXpert.

Jackson Rees, 9, who attends Prince of Peace Catholic School in Olathe, has been picked as a semi-finalist in the construction toy maker’s 2014 K’NEXpert Search building contest.

“He’s had an interest in fans since he was a little kid,” said Jackson’s mother, Peggy Rees. “It’s just something he’s really interested in.”

Jackson made a replica of a belt-driven drum fan using the toy company’s construction set.

The next stage of the contest is an online vote. The three entries in each age category that receive the most votes will become finalists.

The company’s senior vice president of product development will select four grand prize winners — one from each age group.

Jackson is hoping to win because one of the prizes is a chance to tour the company’s manufacturing facility in Hatfield, Penn., his mother said.

Online voting runs through Oct. 14 at the company’s website, www.knex.com.

“We are very proud of him,” his mother said, “and excited about all of the support and encouragement he has received.”

To reach Robert A. Cronkleton, call 816-234-4261 or send email to bcronkleton@kcstar.com.

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