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Negaunee students take top honors at national bridge event

The 906 Bridge Co. team took first place in the 11th - 12th grade division. From left: Thomas McCollum, Phil Nelson, and Ryan Hemmila of Negaunee High School in Negaunee, Mich. They were congratulated by Acting MDOT Director Brad Wieferich.
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The 906 Bridge Co. team took first place in the 11th - 12th grade division. From left: Thomas McCollum, Phil Nelson, and Ryan Hemmila of Negaunee High School in Negaunee, Mich. They were congratulated by Acting MDOT Director Brad Wieferich.

SEATTLE, WA— A team from Negaunee High School won first place in a bridge-building competition in Seattle last week.

The students competed against other young engineers at the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials' Bridge Challenge competition May 16th. The goal was to develop a bridge that carries as much weight as possible while weighing as little as possible.

The event consisted of using software to design a bridge; building a physical bridge model using glue and balsa wood; developing a portfolio; making a presentation in front of a panel of judges; and destructive testing of the bridge models to calculate their strength-to-weight ratios.

First place in the 11th and 12th grade division was 906 Bridge Co. from Negaunee High School, consisting of Ryan Hemmila, Thomas McCollum, and Phil Nelson.