After weeks of work to build the most efficient model bridges, Ste. Genevieve High School SkillsUSA students put their bridges to the test on Nov. 21 at the completion of MoDOT’s 16th Annual Bridge Building Competition. The SGHS team earned second place out of 36 schools, and the team received a cash prize donated by the SE Chapter Transportation Employee Association of Missouri.
Out of 450 total bridges entered into the competition, junior Alyssa Fahnestock’s bridge earned 10th place overall, and senior Charles Finley earned an award for the Most Aesthetic Bridge!
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.
Prize donations and supply sponsorships were made possible by the following businesses and organizations: SE Chapter Transportation Employee Association of Missouri, Southeast Missouri State University, Three Rivers Community College, Southeast Missouri State University Department of Engineering & Technology, Southeast Chapter of the Missouri Society of Professional Engineers and the Southeast Coalition for Roadway Safety.