March 12, 1999

Contact: Diane Greenberg (516) 344-2347 or Mona S. Rowe (516) 344-5056

 

EAST ISLIP HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT WINS BROOKHAVEN LAB'S MODEL BRIDGE CONTEST

For the second consecutive year, William Thornewell, an East Islip High School student, won first place in Brookhaven National Laboratory's annual Model Bridge Contest. Placed under a stress tester (shown in photo) Thornewell's 39.1-gram bridge held more than 303 pounds, or more than 3,524 times its own weight. He beat his own record of last year, when his bridge held 3,089 times its own weight. Thornewell won a $100 gift certificate to a local computer store, courtesy of Brookhaven Lab. With their round-trip airfare paid by Brookhaven Lab's new management team, Brookhaven Science Associates, Thornewell, and second-place winner Alex Rotz, from Huntington High School, will get a chance to enter the 1999 International Bridge Building Contest, which will be held in Chicago, Illinois, in April. Approximately 300 high school students from 21 schools in Suffolk County entered Brookhaven's contest, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy.

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HUNTINGTON HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT PLACES SECOND IN BROOKHAVEN LAB'S MODEL BRIDGE CONTEST

Richard Kurtz (center), a Huntington High School science teacher, represents Alex Rotz, who won second place in Brookhaven National Laboratory's annual Model Bridge Contest. Placed under a stress tester, Rotz's 35.3-gram bridge - which is displayed by Marty Woodle, a volunteer contest engineer from Brookhaven Lab - held more than 246 pounds, or 3,164 times its own weight. Janet Tempel, coordinator of the Lab's bridge contest, holds a $75 gift certificate to a local computer store, which will be given to Rotz, courtesy of Brookhaven Lab. With their round-trip airfare paid by the Lab's new management team, Brookhaven Science Associates, Rotz, along with first-place winner William Thornewell, from East Islip High School, will get a chance to enter the 1999 International
Bridge Building Contest, which will be held in Chicago, Illinois, in April. Approximately 300 high school students from 21 schools in Suffolk County entered Brookhaven's contest, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy.

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