ELDERTON: Physics students build, test toothpick bridges
January 13, 2012 1:45 AM

ELDERTON -- The beginning of 2012 started off with a bang for Elderton High School students.

Upon returning from Christmas break, physics students led by Lorelei Smathers participated in a bridge-making competition. Students were required to make a bridge weighing less than 30 grams out of toothpicks and Elmer's glue.

[Shown here, Zared Hollabaugh, a senior at Elderton High School, tested his toothpick bridge in physics class.]

After creating these bridges, students tested the strength by hanging a bucket from the center. A large amount of sand was progressively added, until the bridge shattered. Winning the competition for best design was junior Travis Anderson, who spent over a week intricately cutting and gluing small pieces of toothpick together in order to form an impressive bridge that many students claimed they would drive across if possible.

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Results have not yet been calculated, but the physics bridge designers are anxiously waiting to hear who will be crowned as winner.

Tonight's homecoming celebrations will also result in crowning winners -- Elderton's 2012 homecoming king and queen. Seniors Fred Laird, Zared Hollabaugh, Jacob Hagofsky, Tucker Glover and Brandon Hagofsky are in the running for king. Seniors Laina Walker, Haley McCoy, Brianna Switzer, Alyssa Clark and Kelly Meyer are in the running for queen.

To get students in the spirit for today's homecoming basketball game and dance, student council organized a themed school spirit week. Days such as dress up day, jersey day and winter hat day added excitement to the school routine; to conclude the week, the school held an afternoon pep rally. All students and faculty are excited to see who will be representing the class of 2012 as homecoming king and queen.

Elderton High School would like to welcome all community members to attend tonight's basketball games -- the junior varsity game starts at 6 p.m. and the varsity game begins at 7:30 p.m.

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