SE Bridge Competition 2011

MoDOT Tests Bridges, Names Winners of the Eighth Annual Bridge Building Competition

Ste. Genevieve, Oak Ridge and Chaffee High Schools Take 'Top Three'

SIKESTON-After weeks of work to build the most efficient model bridges, Southeast Missouri high school students put their bridges to the test today at the completion of the Missouri Department of Transportation's eighth 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.

Ste. Genevieve, Oak Ridge and Chaffee 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 - Tommy Williams - Ste. Genevieve   
  • 2nd - Clayton Bauman - Ste. Genevieve
  • 3rd - Kyle Nicholson - Ste. Genevieve
  • 4th - Lance Rohde - Oak Ridge
  • 5th - David Ditch - Ste. Genevieve

Other awards included the most aesthetic bridge, given to Hunter DeShaney of Clearwater, and the computer-based electronic bridge award given to Logan Giesler of Ste. Genevieve.

Prize donations and supply sponsorships have been made possible by the following businesses and organizations: U.S. Representative Jo Ann Emerson, Chapter 10 Transportation Employees Association of Missouri, Cape West 14 Cine, Three Rivers Community College, Cape Area Engineers Club, Southeast Physics & Engineering Club, Sam's Club, Kirlin's Hallmark of Cape Girardeau, Rhodes Convenience Stores, CiCi's Pizza, Chick Fil' A of Cape Girardeau, Burger King of Cape Girardeau, Popeyes/Drury of Cape Girardeau, Dominos Pizza, Panera Bread Company, Coca Cola, St. Louis Wacky Warriors Paintball Store, St. Louis Rams, Kansas City Royals, Kansas City Chiefs, Southern Illinois Miners, Southeast Missouri State University Bookstore and the Southeast Coalition for Roadway Safety. 

MoDOT also partnered with Arkansas State University, Southeast Missouri State University, Missouri University of Science and Technology (formerly University of Missouri-Rolla), University of Missouri-Columbia (Mizzou) and Southern Illinois University of Carbondale, to offer seniors interested in civil engineering up to nearly $10,000 worth of civil engineering scholarships.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Southeast Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety were on hand during the competition to discuss the importance of buckling-up with the Seat Belt Convincer, which simulates how it feels to be in a traffic crash.


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