*STATE-WIDE NEWS- Three Oak Ridge High School students were recognized during MoDOT's Ninth Annual Bridge Building Competition. Students had several weeks to design and build the most efficient model bridges. Southeast Missouri high school students put their bridges to the test earlier this month. The competition challenges high school juniors and seniors to design and construct the most efficient model bridge using limited materials-15 pieces of balsa wood, thread and glue.
Congratulations to the following Oak Ridge High School students who were recognized for building the lightest bridges that carried the greatest loads:
1st place -- Ethan Seyer; 2nd --Lance Rohde; and 3rd --Alexis Wunderlich
Oak Ridge, Ste. Genevieve and Kennett High Schools received first, second and third place for best overall performance, respectively. These schools received cash prizes donated by the Transportation Employees Association of Missouri, as well as a U.S. flag donated by U.S. Representative Jo Ann Emerson.
You can link here to view videos of the competition: http://www.modot.org/southeast/talkin_tr....
*Special congratulations to Hunter Hoxworth of Jackson. After surviving an intense, six-month chemotherapy regime for leukemia, he entered the Dream Pursuit (http://www.dreampursuit.org/) program and felled a red stag as his dream-come-true life-adventure. I recall my Optimist Club providing support for Hunter and his family after he was diagnosed with the aggressive cancer called acute myeloid leukemia.
*The Meier Horse Shoe Pines farm in Jackson was chosen this year to provide the celebrated Christmas tree for the Governor's Capitol Office. It will be gloriously displayed at the top of the Grand Staircase in front of the Governor's Capitol office entrance.
*Get those fishing rods out! Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center to Host Winter Trout Fishing Clinic -- The event will take place December 1; 10:00 to 11:30 AM at the conservation center. You'll discover great tips and techniques for trout fishing locally at Jackson's Rotary Lake, as well as at trout parks throughout Missouri. Ages 8 and up. Registration required. Early registration is already taking place. Please reserve your spot by December 1, 2012.
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