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BGHS students compete in Champ Clark Bridge contest

Posted on Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 12:27 pm

Bowling Green High School is one of six area schools to compete in a design contest sponsored by the
Missouri Department of Transportation and Massman Construction. Other schools competing in the
contest are: Pike-Lincoln Technical Center Day Program, Pike-Lincoln Technical Center Afternoon
Program, Hannibal High School, Pittsfield High School, and Louisiana High School.
Five of the six students representing BGHS are pictured with officials from Massman and MoDOT
following the team’s preliminary meeting. Pictured above are, front row, seated, from left: representatives
of Massman Construction and Brandy Baldwin, MoDOT Engineer; second row, from left: Matthew
Sisson, Arika Thorpe, Taylor Grimsley, Blaine Hunt, and Billy Graver. Also a member of the local high
school’s team, but not pictured is Codi Riegel. Bowling Green High School Principal Scott Mullins serves
as the faculty sponsor for the team.


By Ethan Colbert
Last week, a team of six Bowling Green High School students presented their vision
for a project that seeks to capture the history of the Champ Clark Memorial Bridge in
Louisiana to officials with the Missouri Department of Transportation and Massman
Massman Construction is the contractor selected by the Missouri Highways
and Transportation Commission to oversee the construction of the new Champ Clark
Memorial Bridge, which is expected to open to motor vehicle traffic in November 2019.
The team from Bowling Green High School, which consists of Codi Riegel, Arika Thorpe,
Blaine Hunt, Taylor Grimsley, Matthew Sisson, and Billy Graver, is one of six teams
from local high schools vying to have their design selected by MoDOT and Massman officials.
BGHS school faculty nominated the students, recognizing them as individuals who excel in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics.
The students are designing an “interpretative panel” that will be installed in Riverview Park in
Louisiana. The public park over- looks the Mississippi River.
On Monday, Bowling Green High School Principal Scott Mullins described the panel
as more of a monument to the iconic Mississippi River crossing. He also described the work of
the team as a great learning opportunity for students.
“This is definitely a STEAM project,” Mullins said. STEAM refers to a project that
encompasses the following fields of study: Science, Technology, Engineering,
Art, and Mathematics. “I really applaud the state for incorporating high school
students into this project. I am sure that it has created more work for them, because
they have gone through a lot of effort in planning for this project. However, the students are learning a lot and I again just applaud their effort and creativity in making this project avail- able.”
According to Mullins, the team of BGHS students are working on designing a monument that
balances the history of the cur- rent Champ Clark Memorial Bridge and the excitement
surrounding the new Champ Clark Memorial Bridge.
Due to the competitiveness of their work, the students have requested that their project
not be described in detail.
According to a spokesperson with the Missouri Department of Transportation, the local high
school’s team will present their finalized project and a complete model of their project on
April 10.
The winning design will be announced during an evening meeting on April 18. A
start time and location for that meeting have not yet been set.

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