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Pat-Med Students Take Top 3 Prizes at BNL Bridge Building Contest; Legislator Calarco Congratulates Builders


      At the June 4 meeting of the Suffolk County Legislature, Legislator Rob Calarco honored the first, second and third place winners in the Brookhaven National Laboratory’s annual Bridge Building Contest – all of whom hail from Patchogue-Medford High School. This is the second consecutive year Pat-Med students have swept the top three spots. Brianna Shortell took first place with a bridge that weighed 20.7 grams and held 89.18 pounds, 1954.17 times its own weight. Michael Grazio placed second with a bridge that weighed 21.01 grams and held 89.83 pounds, 1939.37 times its weight, and third place went to Justin Schulz, whose bridge weighed 14.59 grams and held 60.78 pounds, 1889.61 times its weight. Also on hand was Mr. Richard Yngstrom, the physics teacher at the high school who supervises the students in preparation for the bridge building contest.