Polk County Middle School students Taylor Warren, Tiler Pace, Hayden Gary, Sam Rhinehart, Noah Frazier, Dr. Pettis and Samuel Kornmayer hold a check for $200 after placing fourth at the state finals for model bridge building. (photo submitted)

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PCMS Model Bridge Team places fourth at state

Published 11:27pm Tuesday, April 23, 2013

On Friday, April 12 the Polk County Middle School Model Bridge Building Team placed fourth at the N.C. Department of Transportation (NCDOT) state finals in Raleigh, N.C.

Team members include eighth graders Samuel Rhinehart and Samuel Kornmayer, seventh graders Taylor Warren, Tiler Pace, Noah Frazier and Hayden Gary and Dr. Robert Pettis, coach.

The team qualified for the finals by winning the N.C. Western Regional in Morganton, N.C. back in March.

For the competition, the PCMS Model Bridge team constructed a balsa wood bridge using the specifications provided by the NCDOT, wrote a report on the history of bridge building, drew a full scale blue print of their bridge and gave an oral presentation explaining the merits of the bridge the team entered in the competition.

The PCMS bridge team won $200 for their fourth-place finish.

The money will be used to purchase materials for next year’s bridge team.

– article submitted by Carlann Scherping

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