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L-W West students win at Regional Bridge Building competition
Wednesday, February 27, 2013

The Lincoln-Way West Bridge team completed a three-peat at the Regional Bridge Competition at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Monday, February 25.

First place went to senior Alan Burggren with a bridge efficiency of 2614. This year Alan placed first in the local level. Last year Alan placed second at the local level and took 7th place at the Regional Bridge Competition.

Earning a second place at the Regional level was freshman Miranda DeVito with a bridge efficiency of 2476. At the local competition this year, Miranda placed fourth.

Both Alan and Miranda earned the right to advance to the International Bridge Competition, making this the third year in a row that Lincoln-Way West earned this honor. The International Bridge Competition will be held at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago on April 27, 2013.

Deanna DiMonte followed in 13th place with a bridge efficiency of 1598 with Mike Baio right behind in 14th place with a bridge efficiency of 1545.

"Lincoln-Way West was the only school to have all four contestants place in the Top 15 of the regional competition," noted Chester Szmurlo, physics teacher and head Bridge Building contest sponsor at West.

"The objective of the bridge contest isn't to build the lightest bridge or hold the most load. Students are competing to build the most efficient bridge. Judges compare bridge efficiency by dividing the load that the bridge sustains by the mass of the bridge structure itself. This means that if two bridges are able to support the same load, the bridge which has used the least amount of wood would win because it would have a greater efficiency," said Szmurlo.

In West's first year Allison Rocha advanced to the international competition in 2010, in the 2011 school year Alex Studnicka represented West at the international competition and placed third. Dan O'Reilly competed from West in 2012.

"West has a strong bridge competition. This school year one in every ten students built and tested a bridge at the school's competition in December," noted Szmurlo.

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