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St. John-Emmanuel sweeps middle school bridge competition

March 7, 2017

FORT WAYNE, Ind. — On Feb. 18, Concordia Lutheran High School hosted the 18th Annual Middle School Bridge Design Competition. The competition challenged 6th-8th grade students in the areas of engineering, design, science and creativity.

Twelve bridges were judged on weight, deflection and load. The highest load to weight to deflection ratio wins.

The winners were:

1st place - Eli Niemeyer

2nd Place - Evan Niemeyer

3rd Place - Caleb Castleman

All 3 winners were from St. John-Emmanuel Lutheran School.

Six schools were represented including St. Paul Lutheran, St. Peter Lutheran, St. John Emmanuel, Suburban Bethlehem, Emmaus Lutheran and Memorial Park Middle School.

The competition was made possible by the DiscoverE Committee and the Anthony Wayne Chapter of the Indiana Society of Professional Engineers.

Concordia Lutheran High School, located at 1601 St. Joe River Drive in Fort Wayne, Ind., was founded in 1935 as a private, co-educational Lutheran high school open to students of all faiths and backgrounds. With Christ at the center, Concordia continues to pursue educational excellence that equips individuals for lifelong learning and service as disciples of Jesus Christ. Learn more at