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More than 40 MO schools participate in bridge building

Oak Ridge won first place for best overall performance. (Missouri Department of Transportation) Oak Ridge won first place for best overall performance. (Missouri Department of Transportation)
Ste. Genevieve won second place for best overall performance. (Source: Missouri Department of Transportation) Ste. Genevieve won second place for best overall performance. (Source: Missouri Department of Transportation)
Notre Dame won third place for best overall presentation. (Source: Missouri Department of Transportation) Notre Dame won third place for best overall presentation. (Source: Missouri Department of Transportation)
CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - Southeast Missouri high school students from more than 40 schools are putting their bridges to the test.

The 11th Annual Bridge Building Competition was held on Thursday at Cape West 14 Cine in Cape Girardeau.

Oak Ridge, Ste. Genevieve and Notre Dame High Schools won first, second and third place for best overall performance, respectively.

The schools received cash prizes donated by the SE Chapter Transportation Employee Association of Missouri.

In addition, five students were recognized for building the lightest bridges that carried the greatest loads.

Winners included:

  • First - Tessa Mangels from Oak Ridge
  • Second - Game Shrout from Oak Ridge
  • Third - Andrew DeRousse from Ste. Genevieve
  • Fourth - Jessica Hahs from Oak Ridge
  • Fifth - Bryan Schaaf from Ste. Genevieve

Other awards included the most aesthetic bridge, presented to Monica Foltz of Notre Dame High School; and the computer-based electronic bridge award presented to Morgan Schenck of Ste. Genevieve High School.

“We are very pleased to have over 40 area schools participating in this year's competition," said Senior Highway Designer Anita Clark. "In addition to giving students a great opportunity to learn about engineering, participating schools can also win prizes."

According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, 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.

The event ended around 2 p.m.

"We are very pleased to have over 40 area schools participating in this year's competition," said Senior Highway Designer Anita Clark. "In addition to giving students a great opportunity to learn about engineering, participating schools can also win prizes."

"We have over 45 schools here, over five hundred people submitted bridges and we will be breaking around three hundred fifty bridges today,” Craig Compas, MoDOT Traffic Engineer said.

"It's usually pretty chill and it's always fun to be creative with your design, you get to compete and have a good time with your friends too,” Bryan Schaaf, Ste. Genevive student, said.

MoDOT says prizes donated by area businesses and organizations will be awarded to the top-five bridge building winners.

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