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Pasta bridges falling down

Okanagan College hosted its 33rd annual spaghetti bridge building competition, Friday, along with a SkillsBC regional competition.

The first competition featured young students from regional elementary schools.

The heavyweight competition attracted teams up to the university level, who tested the carrying capacity of their bridges. The grand prize for the heavyweights was $1,500.

The record from previous years topped 400 kilograms, and while none of this year’s competitors reached the record, one bridge held more 250 kilos before shattering.

In an unusual twist this year, three of the five teams were disqualified for not following construction regulations.

Anna Offenwanger and Ephraim Nowak from UBC Okanangan took home the first place prize for holding 184.3 kg, while James Dessert of Charles Bloom Secondary School in Lumby took the $1,000 second prize.

Meanwhile, across campus, the SkillsBC regional competition was also in full swing.

Students in Grades 11 and 12 competed in carpentry, cabinet making, automotive service, electronics, culinary arts, architectural computer aided design and welding.

Winners of the regional competition will carry on to the provincial competition on April 13 in Abbotsford. 



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