Top bridge builders in the ETHS Straw Bridge Building and Breaking Contest included (from left) Becca Miller, Leah Altman, Arden Cusick and Joe Leibforth. Submitted photo

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Evanston Township High School held its 36th annual ETHS Straw Bridge Building and Breaking Contest earlier this month. The winner of this year’s competition is Joe Leibforth with a bridge that held 6.9 kilograms. He is an eighth-grade student in Andrew Segall’s class. 

The bridge-building contest allows students to apply the math and science lessons from their classes to a hands-on project. Students design and construct small straw bridges which are weighed, tested and scored by efficiency.

Other top bridge builders include:

• 2nd place: Arden Cusick (6.8 kilograms; Richard Agin’s class)

• 3rd place: Leah Altman (6.3 kilograms; Whitney Rutherford’s class)

• 4thplace: Molly Chambers (6.1 kilograms; Richard Agin’s class)

• 5th place: Becca Miller with (4.8 kilograms; Avani’s Khandhar’s class)