SIKESTON-After weeks of work to build the most efficient model bridges, Southeast Missouri high school students put their bridges to the test Nov. 15 at the completion of MoDOT's Ninth Annual Bridge Building Competition. The competition challenges high school juniors and seniors to design and construct the most efficient model bridge using limited materials-15 pieces of balsa wood, thread and glue.
Oak Ridge, Ste. Genevieve and Kennett High Schools received first, second and third place for best overall performance, respectively. These schools received cash prizes donated by the Chapter 10 Transportation Employees Association of Missouri, as well as a U.S. flag donated by U.S. Representative Jo Ann Emerson.
In addition, five students were recognized for building the lightest bridges that carried the greatest loads. Winners included:
- 1st - Ethan Seyer - Oak Ridge
- 2nd - Lance Rohde - Oak Ridge
- 3rd - Alexis Wunderlich - Oak Ridge
- 4th - Bryan Otte - Ste. Genevieve
- 5th - Brandon Allen - Greenville
Other awards included the most aesthetic bridge, presented to Joey Pertell of Greenville; and the computer-based electronic bridge award presented to Tyson Roth of Ste. Genevieve. read more >