Winners announced for MoDOT Southeast Dist.’s 18th annual Bridge Building Competition

The winning schools received cash prizes donated by the SE Chapter Transportation Employee...
The winning schools received cash prizes donated by the SE Chapter Transportation Employee Association of Missouri.(Missouri Dept. of Transportation Southeast District)
Published: Dec. 7, 2021 at 12:15 AM CST|Updated: Dec. 9, 2021 at 6:09 PM CST
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SIKESTON, Mo. (KFVS) - The Missouri Department of Transportation’s Southeast District announced the winners of its 18th annual Bridge Building Competition.

The competition was held virtually on Thursday, December 9. You can watch the bridge breaking ceremony on the bridge competition’s webpage.

According to the district, Oak Ridge High School, Chaffee High School and Perryville Area Career and Technology Center received 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.

Five students were also recognized for building the lightest bridges that carried the greatest loads:

  • 1st - Jiliyan Hobeck from Oak Ridge
  • 2nd Abby Cowell from Chaffee
  • 3rd - Erin Urhahn from Oak Ridge
  • 4th - Holden Johnston from Oak Ridge
  • 5th - Carson Gihring homeschooled from Oak Ridge

MoDOT also partnered with Arkansas State University, Southeast Missouri State University, Missouri University of Science and Technology and Southern Illinois University to offer seniors interested in civil engineering up to $10,000 in scholarships.

The competition challenges high school juniors and seniors to design and build the most efficient model bridge using limited materials: 15 pieces of balsa wood, thread and glue.

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