Mercer County Students Participate in National and State Bridge Design Competitions

PRINCETON, WV, June 30, 2015: Five teams of students participated in the National and State Bridge Design competitions held in late May. Results of the competitions were recently verified. The team of Josiah Bailey and Liam Deason placed ninth nationally and third in the state of West Virginia. Other contestants were Ted White, Tyler Lafferty, Jacob Comer, Nick Ollis, Thomas Meadows, and Nick Coker. All five teams were coached by Teresa Barton, Science teacher at PikeView High School.

When asked why he thought this competition was beneficial, Bailey stated, “It pushes the mind outside certain barriers – beyond normal thought processes. Bailey is the son of Gary and Terry Bailey of Athens, West Virginia.

Responding to the same question, Deason said, “It is a practical, hands-on experience with engineering.” Deason is the son and Stephanie Shrewsbury of Beeson, West Virginia.

Engineering Encounters conducted the semi-final round of the nation-wide, award winning Bridge Design Contest on May 15, 2015. The five teams were part of a group of 49 teams who were invited to compete in this year’s semi-final competition. More than 8,000 teams competed in the qualifying round this year. The top six contestants were invited to compete in the final round which will be held on July 11, 2015.

Engineering Encounters is a 501(c)) (3) non-profit organization dedicated to the design and implementation of high-quality engineering outreach programs that inspire, attract, and develop the STEM talent essential for meeting the Nation’s current and future challenges.

The Mercer County Board of Education and Dr. Deborah Akers, Superintendent, would like to congratulate these students on their educational accomplishments.


Back Row: Ted White, Tyler Lafferty, Jacob Comer, Nick Ollis

Front Row: Thomas Meadows, Nick Coker, Liam Deason, Josiah Bailey