SIKESTON, MO (KFVS) - The Missouri Department of Transportation’s 15th Annual Bridge Building Competition was held on November 29.
Oak Ridge, Chaffee and Notre Dame High Schools received first, second and third place for best overall performance and the schools recieved cash prizes donated by SE Chapter Transportation Employee Association of Missouri.
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.
Five students were recognized for building the lightest bridges that carried the greatest loads:
- 1st – David Layton – Oak Ridge
- 2nd – Dawson Compas – Notre Dame
- 3rd – Samuel Weinhold – Oak Ridge
- 4th – Skylar Ponder – Oak Ridge
- 5th – Zachary LeGrand – Oak Ridge
Other awards included the most aesthetic bridge presented to Sarah Moore of Ste. Genevieve High School and the computer-based electronic bridge award presented to Kiera Williams-Hosentfe of Twin Rivers High School.
Prize donations and supply sponsorships were provided by: SE Chapter Transportation Employee Association of Missouri, Southeast Missouri State University, Chartwells Catering, Three Rivers Community College, Southeast Physics & Engineering Club, Southeast Chapter of the Missouri Society of Professional Engineers and the Southeast Coalition for Roadway Safety.
MoDOT along with Arkansas State University, Southeast Missouri State University, Missouri University of Science and Technology, University of Missouri-Columbia and Southern Illinois University offered seniors interested in civil engineering up to $10,000 in scholarships.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Southeast Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety were on hand discussing buckling-up with the Seat Belt Convincer, which simulates how it feels to be in a traffic crash.