What has now become an annual event at Ateres Yaakov, the Student Government-sponsored bridge-building competition, was, once again, a huge success this year. In a test of their architectural and engineering know-how, participating students were challenged to build a bridge made from only 100 Popsicle sticks and Elmer’s glue. Whichever bridge was able to hold the most weight was declared the winner.

This year, reigning champion senior (and yearbook editor-in-chief) Zvi Allman successfully defended his title, by building an impressively sturdy bridge that supported an unbelievable 191 pounds!

“I have to give a little bit of the credit to my uncle Zevi,” commented Zvi. “He definitely helped me conceptualize my building plan. It’s a competition I’ve been involved in since ninth grade and was really excited to win again, for the second year in a row. I’m a little disappointed that my new design couldn’t match the 241 pounds my bridge supported last year.”

Rabbi Yossi Bennett, the assistant menahel/assistant principal, noted that this is an appropriate competition for the mesivta, which recently adopted the new Gruss/CIJE engineering curriculum, and stresses excellence in science and mathematics. v


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