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GREENVILLE - The winners of this year’s of Greenville High School’s Engineering Tech Prep competitionare expected to be honored today by Mote & Associates at its annual seminar at the Darke County Shawnee Prairie Preserve Nature Education Center.


To promote engineering and that special week a few years ago, Mote & Associates began the tradition of offering guidance to Chris Sykes’ junior and senior Engineering Tech Prep classes as they design and build a balsa wood structure for competition.


This year’s project was a Gantry frame competition, with 14 teams competing.


“It’s grown,” said Sykes, whose class has been doing annual contest for six years.


Mote & Associates offered guidance to the junior and senior classes this past Tuesday as they began their designs for Friday’s competition, where Greenville Mayor Mike Bowers presented a proclamation like he has done in the past. The competition took place afterward.


Jerry McClannan, principal engineer at Mote & Associates, said members of his group came in and talked to the juniors and seniors for an hour each last Wednesday. Returning on Friday to watch the actual competition, in addition to McClannan, were Mike Henderson, Sean Kahlig and Mike Bruns.


“The gantry crane is a little more difficult,” said Sykes, who calculates the scores of the projects by dividing the weight held by the weight of the boom to determine the efficiency.


The winning entry featured an arch on top.


Honored today will be the first-place team comprised of seniors Cheyann Beam, Sam Cox, Drew Elliott and Caleb Oda, with a $12,800 percent efficiency. Second-place winners were Adam Balsbaugh, Reece Hunt and Brayden Emrick with 11,172 percent efficiency; and third went to Ripley Lewis, Jacob Hounshel and Jacob Butsch, with 9,993 percent efficiency.


New this year, Sykes let the teams do their own set-ups, instead of himself doing it, and he also allowed the students to spot-weld on the table that was used in the contest.


“That way I don’t have to worry about breaking your projects,” he told his students.


Sykes did, however, add sand to the bucket which was used in determining the winning entry.

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