AMHS Students Earn Three Wins

AMHS Students Earn Three Wins

AMHS Students Earn Three Wins

With the remnants of their bridges, from left, top: Harley Burdick, Kierstyn Hess, Chase Hoyt, Tori Morse and Colleen Blomberg; in front, Alyssa Harrington, Juliana Gabriel, Shy Morse, Isabella Ward and Veronica Burgess.

With the remnants of their bridges, from left, top: Harley Burdick, Kierstyn Hess, Chase Hoyt, Tori Morse and Colleen Blomberg; in front, Alyssa Harrington, Juliana Gabriel, Shy Morse, Isabella Ward and Veronica Burgess.

Arlington Memorial High School (AMHS) students won big in the third annual Vermont Technical College Bridge Building Competition. With 44 teams competing in the statewide event, the three AMHS teams all placed in the top five, earning $10,500 in scholarship money. The competition, which is judged by professional engineers, begins in the classroom where each team designs their structures using only popsicle sticks, glue, toothpicks and dental floss. Bridges are judged on aesthetics and originality of design, presentation, ultimate load-carrying capacity, strength-to-weight ratio and predicted failure point.   

Science teacher Karen Schroeder challenges students in her Earth Science class to design a structure for the Bridge Building competition each year.  First place honors went to Harley Burdick, Veronica Burgess and Tori Morse, with a bridge that held 929 pounds. Each of these students received a $2,000 scholarship to Vermont Tech. Earning second place honors was Juliana Gabriel, Alyssa Harrington and Isabella Ward, who each received a $1,500 scholarship for their bridge, which held 534.4 pounds; and with a bridge that held 364.4 pounds, fifth place went to AMHS students Colleen Blomberg, Kierstyn Hess, Chase Hoyt and Shy Morse.

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