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News Release

Number: 03-18
Released: March 12, 2003
Contact: Diane Greenberg, 631 344-2347 or Mona S. Rowe, 631 344-5056

Patchogue-Medford Student Wins Brookhaven
Labís Bridge Contest

UPTON, NY ó Both first- and second-place winners in Brookhaven National Laboratoryís 2003 Model Bridge Contest built bridges that held more than 110 pounds, the limit on weight according to the contest rules. But Patchogue-Medford High School senior Michael Eckart (left) made a lighter bridge, winning him first place.

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L to R: Michael Eckart of Patchogue-Medford High School, BNL retiree Marty Woodle, and Kevin McKeon of Center Moriches High School. Click here to download 300 dpi, hi-res version of the photo above.

Eckartís 14.6-gram bridge held 3,417 times its own weight at the 110-pound limit. Kevin McKeon (right), a Center Moriches High School junior, placed second with a 16.5-gram bridge that held 3,024 times its own weight at the 110-pound limit. With the students is Marty Woodle, a retired Brookhaven Lab engineer who volunteered as a judge at the contest.

Michael Malusa of Huntington High School placed third with a bridge that weighed 14.2 grams and held 84.7 pounds, or 2,706 times its own weight. Laura Titus, another Huntington High School student, won the aesthetic award for the best-looking bridge.

All four winning students received a trophy and a gift certificate to Borders. The two top winners will be sent to the 2003 International Bridge Building Contest in Chicago, Illinois, on April 26, with their round-trip airfare paid by Brookhaven Science Associates, the organization founded by Battelle and Stony Brook University that manages Brookhaven.