SE Bridge Competition 2007

Ste. Genevieve High School Takes First Place in Bridge Competition


SIKESTON—After more than 200 bridges were tested, Garrett Kemper of Ste. Genevieve High School stood victorious today in MoDOT’s fourth annual Bridge Building Competition for high school juniors and seniors.  The competition sought to test the students’ engineering skills as they designed and constructed the most efficient model bridge, the lightest bridge to carry the greatest load.  Kemper’s winning bridge had an efficiency score of 306.8. 

At stake was $550 in prize money and $10,000 in civil engineering scholarships.  Prize money was donated by the Missouri Society of Professional Engineers, the Cape Area Engineers Club, and Southeast Missouri State’s Engineering and Physics Club.  Southeast Missouri State University, the University of Missouri-Rolla, the University of Missouri-Columbia, Arkansas State University, and Southern Illinois University each offered civil engineering scholarship.

New to the competition this year were prizes for the schools that competed the best overall and $1,000 in prize money donated by Sen. Jason Crowell.

First place went to Ste. Genevieve High School, second to Chaffee High School and third to Saxony Lutheran High School.

“We’ve had so many teachers really get involved in the competition and use it as a way to teach elements of engineering to their students and really educate them about the design process that we wanted a way to reward the schools for their efforts in promoting civil engineering,” says Traffic Engineer Craig Compas.  “We’re appreciative that Sen. Crowell’s generosity made that possible.”

“We really want to foster an interest in civil engineering with the competition,” says Transportation Project Designer Jason Williams.  “The event started as a way to get students in Southeast Missouri interested in engineering, help them with their education, and hopefully have them working in the field someday, possibly with MoDOT.  That opportunity wouldn’t be possible without the generous donations of the businesses and organizations that help us make it happen each year and to them, we are extremely grateful.”

Sponsors include: Hobby Lobby, Wehrenberg Theatres, Coca-Cola, Rhodes 101 Stops, and Cici’s Pizza.

For more information, contact Compas, Williams or MoDOT’s Customer Service Center toll-free at 1-888-ASK-MODOT (1-888-275-6636).