A team of four Jr. Bills won the Saint Louis University Billiken BEAMS competition (Building Engineering Awareness in Metro Schools) on February 25. Seniors Leo Henken, Adam Kleffner, Ian Mulvihill, and Henry Byrne competed against seven other area schools to build an exceptional bridge concept that earned them first place.
According to science teacher Robyn Wellen, there were 27 bridges from the various schools. They were judged based on efficiency of load and aesthetics, and they had to write about the process.
"Our team learned a lot from the competition last year," says Wellen. "I'm really proud not only of the work that they put into their bridge but also the sportsmanship and enthusiasm they had for all of the other contestants."