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Students stir it up with bridges.

BOSTON - Students from Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School's pre-engineering classes fared well at the recent 18th annual BSCES/MassPEP Model Bridge Competition held in Boston.

The Boston Society of Civil Engineers Section (BSCES) partners with the Massachusetts Pre-engineering Program (MassPEP) to invite students to build a bridge, given certain parameters and materials.

This year's entry had to be constructed using Starbucks coffee stirrers (donated by the Starbucks at Huntington Plaza in Boston), and Elmer's white glue.

Twenty-two teams of high school students from around the area spent months designing and constructing their masterpieces, knowing they would eventually be judged and tested for strength, aesthetics, and efficiency.

Placing first in the overall weight category, holding a weight of 254 pounds, was a team from Assabet Valley comprised of Adam Rowe, of Marlboro, Gary Petrie, of Hudson, and Wyatt Doyle, of Clinton.

"We're not even sure how much it would actually hold," Rowe said. "They ran out of weights to put on the test scale, so it never was compromised at all."

Ranking third in the aesthetics category was another Assabet Valley team, comprised of Shane Bufton, of Clinton, Joel Sylvester, of West Boylston, Zach Stewart, of Shrewsbury, and Zach Downing and Ryan Doyle, both from Clinton.

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CUTLINE: Shown with their winning bridge are (from left) Adam Rowe, of Marlboro, Gary Petrie, of Hudson, and Wyatt Doyle, of Clinton.
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