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Model Bridge Contest

West Holt held its annual Model Bridge Building Contest on Friday, Feb 13th.  The contest consists of building a bridge from basswood and any commonly available glue.  The bridge had to weigh less than 30 grams and span a length of 30 cm.  The student-builders had several other specifications to meet in designing their bridge.


There were 11 bridges tested with the top 3 gaining entry in the State Contest held in Aurora on February 28th.  This year's collection of bridges was one of the best, overall, that have been tested.  The 3rd place bridge was built by Mason Hale and Brandon Jelinek.  It weighed 25.2 grams and held 55 pounds.  Fellow freshman, Amber Frost took second place with 14.6 gram bridge that held 35 pounds.  The champion was senior, Alex Fritz.  His bridge weighed 13.7 grams and held 103 pounds.  


Rules and Regulations as well as other bridge related stuff can be found on the Model Bridge Contest's website.

West Holt Wins State Model Bridge Contest

by Todd Hale


West Holt added to their history of success at the Nebraska Model Bridge Contest on Saturday.  The team of Huskies won the school championship over Hastings. The bridges are tested by placing a load on a 4 cm x 4 cm plate placed on the bridge.  Weight is added to the bridge until failure.  The bridges are then ranked according to a ratio of load (lb) to bridge weight (grams).  Design and construction are key factors in building the most efficient bridge.  The bridge is made from basswood and glue only.


Individually, the bridge built by freshmen, Brandon Jelinek and Mason Hale placed 8th.  It weighed 26.4 grams and held 80.6 lb.  Alex Fritz, placed third with a bridge that held 63.1 lb and weighed 13.2 grams.  This was senior Alex Fritz’s last contest after qualifying for the International contest the past 2 years.  He was also part of 3 school championships and one runner-up.  Freshman, Amber Frost won the individual competition with a 13.7 gram bridge that held 76.7 lb.  Amber qualified to represent West Holt in the International Competition in Portland, OR on April 25th.  

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