Hip hop blared, strobe lights flashed, a counter counted, cheers rose and tension mounted as, one by one, students' basswood bridges withstood increasing force in the spotlit center of the Lewis Family Auditorium March 14 during the annual Upper School bridge-busting competition. Morgan Eismann '18 won first place in the thrilling event, her bridge displaying the greatest strength for its size before splintering amid applause, roars and groans.
Physics teacher Paul Natland '02 emceed the interdisciplinary competition among 14 finalists, introducing the assembly with the traditional call: "Let's get ready to crrrummmble!" Natland was assisted on-stage by science teacher Doug Heller '80. Science department chair Jay Salon and faculty member Robert DuBard also helped with the event.
Eismann's 22.66-gram bridge supported 58.2 pounds, earning an efficiency rating of 1219.6, topping second-place finisher Owen Dyke '17, who earned a rating of 1148.9. Greg Bales '17 landed in third place (955.9) followed by Sears D'Alemberte '18 (890.6) and Tiffany McBrayer '18 (883.5).
Students also competed in an "aesthetic" category judged by art faculty Jorge Guzman, Matt Stock and Jose Rodriguez. Evan Azari '18 claimed first place in that competition for his triple arc bridge design. Killian Smith '19 won second place and Zeke Andreassen '18, third.
During breaks in the action, Astrid Dalins' architecture students paraded across the stage wearing, on their heads, artistic renderings of some of the world's most famous bridges. Ana Lucia Perla '18 modeled the Rialto Bridge in Venice made by Chloe Namias '17; Gigi Parra '17 modeled the Brooklyn Bridge made by Juli Ramirez '17; Sophia Sokol '18 modeled the London Bridge made by alum Kennet Mendez '16; and Natalie Fredman '17 modeled the Golden Gate bridge made by Dalins.
Founded in 1903, Ransom Everglades School is a coeducational, college preparatory day school for grades 6 - 12 located on two campuses in Coconut Grove, Florida. Ransom Everglades School produces graduates who "believe that they are in the world not so much for what they can get out of it as for what they can put into it." The school provides rigorous college preparation that promotes the student's sense of identity, community, personal integrity and values for a productive and satisfying life, and prepares the student to lead and to contribute to society.