Lincoln-Way students place eight of top ten in Regional Bridge Contest, two qualify for International Contest
Wednesday, January 25, 2017

On Tuesday, January 24, 2017, The Regional Bridge Contest was held at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Nearly 100 bridges from over 35 schools were entered into the contest. The contest was broken into three regions: South Suburban, North Suburban, and Chicago City.

In the South Suburban Regional, out of 31 bridges, Lincoln-Way students’ bridges placed as follows:

• First place: Jonathan Limp (Lincoln-Way East)
• Second place: Lexi Filafusi (Lincoln-Way East)
• Third place: Jason Szara (Lincoln-Way East)
• Sixth place: Jacob Culver (Lincoln-Way Central)
• Seventh place: Mason Davis (Lincoln-Way Central)
• Eighth place: Hannah Slater (Lincoln-Way West)
• Ninth place: Molly Cole (Lincoln-Way Central)
• Tenth place: Isabel Tuckett (Lincoln-Way West)
• Fifteenth place: Andrew Folgers (Lincoln-Way Central)
• Eighteenth place: Erin Albert (Lincoln-Way West)
• Nineteenth place: Ben Radeke (Lincoln-Way West)
• Twenty-second place: Gehrig Batson (Lincoln-Way East)

Limp took home the first place trophy with a bridge efficiency of 1905. The efficiency number indicates that the bridge held one thousand, nine hundred, and five times its own weight. Limp’s bridge weighed 19 grams—which is about the mass of four nickels—and held 36 kilograms, or the equivalent of nearly 80 pounds.

Limp also placed first among all three divisions (South Suburban, North Suburban, and Chicago City) winning the Garcher Trophy. As of the 2013 Regional Bridge Contest, the Garcher Trophy is awarded to the most efficient bridge of all three Chicago regions.

Limp’s first place win secured him a chance to compete at the International Bridge Contest to be held in Dallas on Saturday, April 22, 2017. Lexi Filafusi’s second place win also qualified her for the International Bridge Contest. Only the top two winners in each region go on to attend nationals.

“It is great to see the students work on projects outside of the classroom and relate them to topics learned in the classroom,” says Lincoln-Way East science teacher Mike Murphy. “It was obvious from their designs and results, that these students devoted a lot of hard work and time into this project.”