TICONDEROGA - Nearly two dozen students battled in the second annual Kiwanis Popsicle Stick Bridge Building Contest recently.
Nine teams of students from from Ticonderoga Middle School, St. Mary's School and Ticonderoga High School were allowed an hour, 45 minutes to build their model bridges. Just before lunch the bridges were judged for attractiveness and efficiency to see which bridge could carry the greatest load before collapsing.
Judges were Maurene Streeter, Peter Reale, Joyce Cooper and Steve Boyce.
Kiwanis provided building supplies, T-shirts for all students, trophies and certificates.
This contest was the culmination of a two-month program in which the students were given design guidance and presentations from Graham Bailey of Kiwanis, a retired civil engineer, and Tom Hoffman, state Department of Transportation structural engineer. Teachers Pam Arzberger, Paul Jebb and Jim Marshall worked closely with the teams each week.
The winning middle school bridge was designed and built by the Team Stratocaster (Mark Donohue and Kara Zielinski) of St. Mary's. It carried 99.5 pounds before finally collapsing. Second place went to the team of Jake Mildon, Maura Jebb and Annette Hurlburt.
Other middle school students involved in designing and constructing the bridges were Ethan Bain, Lucy LaPeter Makayla Holt, Amanda Hurlburt, Mike LaPeter, Tomas Hendrix, Skyler Torrey, Colvin Chapman, Samuel Shelmidine, Timothy Ryan, Moazam Afzal, Cheyanne Tuthill, Shelby Turner and Megan Clark..
Ben Chapman and Kevin Densmore designed and built the winning high school bridge. Emily Namer won the most attractive bridge design prize.
As a surprise, Peter Reale, president of Reale Construction, offered to subsidize the cost for high school students to compete in a Regional Model Bridge Building Contest to be held in Albany on Feb. 25.