SIKESTON, MO (KFVS) - Southeast Missouri high school students put their custom-built bridges to the test Nov. 19 at the completion of MoDOT's 12th 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 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:
- 1st - Dalton Giesler - Ste. Genevieve
- 2nd - Jessica Hahs - Oak Ridge
- 3rd - Daniel Vieth - Ste. Genevieve
- 4th - Ashley Lemonds - Oak Ridge
- 5th - Austin Brewer - Ste. Genevieve
Other awards included the most aesthetic bridge, presented to Savannah Mackey of Delta High School; and the computer-based electronic bridge award presented to Jamie Hodge of Delta High School.
MoDOT also partnered with Arkansas State University, Southeast Missouri State University, Missouri University of Science and Technology, University of Missouri-Columbia (Mizzou) and Southern Illinois University of Carbondale, to offer seniors interested in civil engineering up to $10,000 in scholarships.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol and representatives from 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.