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Bridge Building Contest

by Pat Burns

Three Mount Mercy juniors recently competed in the Kenneth T Rybarczyk Memorial Model Bridge contest. Students had to make a bridge out of balsa wood and wood glue. The bridges were then tested to see how much load they could hold before breaking. Students were graded on craftsmanship, engineering design, efficiency, and load. There were strict design considerations and rules to abide by. 

The strongest bridge was able to hold 285 pounds.  

Mount Mercy was one of approximately 40 teams that participated.  Representing Mount Mercy were Gemma McIlroy (Hamburg), Sophia Nasca (Eden) and Marley Ventura (Buffalo).  The team was coached by Mr. Bayley Zubler.

"Mercy is more than just a school. Mercy is my second home and a shoulder to lean on. Mount Mercy has given me the confidence and resources to pursue my passions and make the world a more inclusive place, propelling me to take strides into male-dominated fields. Mercy blessed me with an environment to grow intellectually and in the community, giving me the foundation to make a tangible impact while making lifelong friendships."

Adrianna Awald

Class of 2022

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