Charleston Catholic School wins nine awards in Lowcountry Bridge Competition

Charleston Catholic School students won nine awards in the Lowcountry Bridge Competition. Sam Tuttle, Joseph Riley, Will Donnellon, Akela Allen and Finian Butcher hold up the group’s winning bridges and show off their trophies.

Charleston Catholic School middle school students Joseph Riley, Sam Tuttle, Will Donnellon, Akela Allen, Janeya Johnson, Finian Butcher, Noah Cormier and Darian Lopes recently competed in the Lowcountry Bridge Competition during The Citadel’s 14th annual Celebration of National Engineers Week.

The students built two bridges, a K bridge and a Warren Truss, and won nine awards across five categories between both structures.

The K bridge held nearly 100 pounds before breaking, but the Warren Truss supported 100 pounds and remained intact.

“This was a great project to work on,” seventh-grader Akela said. “We put a lot of effort into the design and it was a lot of fun. It all came together in the end.”

They won first place for Most Original Design for both bridges; second place for Best Craftsmanship, as well as three honorable mentions for Most Constructable, Best Structural Design and Best Architecture for the K bridge; and third place for Most Constructable, Best Craftsmanship, Best Structural Design and Best Architecture for the Warren Truss.

“I’m extremely proud of the students for working as a team to create these bridges,” said Jason Salas, Charleston Catholic School math and science teacher. “They have worked hard all semester, and it paid off in a great way. ”

This year’s contest included entries from at least six middle schools, with about 15 bridges submitted. The bridges were made from craft sticks and carpenter’s wood glue. Civil engineers from The Citadel, both students and professors, served as judges.