Harper Creek Community Schools took four bridge-building teams to the 2024 MDOT TRAC Design Bridge Build Challenge. Teams Archnado, I’ve Got 99 Problems But a Bridge Ain’t One, and Arches Unite competed in the ninth and tenth-grade categories. Clever Bridge and The Wonderful Bridges of Oz represented Harper Creek Middle School in the seventh and eighth-grade group. 

The MDOT TRAC Design Bridge Build Challenge event was held at the Amway Grand in Grand Rapids. Teams competed against other teams in their grade level. The bridges were judged on their construction and ability to carry a load, an oral presentation, and a business case proposal. Teams received their materials from MDOT TRAC in early December of 2023 and submitted their proposals in late January of 2024. 

Thank you to the two advisors, Erica Jenkins and Alissa Renner for giving students of HCCS the opportunity to compete in this challenge that has real-world applications. 

Congratulations to the students who participated in the program! 

10th grade: Everlyn VanValkenburg, Hannan Lehman, Callie Slayton

9th grade: Nathaniel Lowrie, Ethan Newcomb, Jacob Hernandez, Lilly Kelly, Derek Swalwell, and Eli Morris,

8th grade: Lilly Cook, Isabelle Forrester, Alex Forrester, Bentley Southwell, Joey Klink, Celeste Rose, Katie Ennik

Special shoutout to these students who contributed to the competition, Lucas Atwell, Aiden Duschaine, Myla Slayton, Ella Dutkiewicz, and Taylor Dutkiewicz.

Go to the Michigan Department of Transportation site to learn more about the TRAC program. 

Harper's Unsung Hero - Lauren Crockett

Lauren’s path that led her to work as a student support specialist for Beadle Lake Elementary is not a traditional journey. Experiences working with the elderly nearing the end of their time on earth, teaching youth how to implement a healthy lifestyle, being a stay-at-home mom, and working for the foster care system helped her to develop a skill set that aligns well with meeting the needs of our students.

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Harper Creek Community Schools 

Election Date: May 7, 2024 

Estimated 0.6 mill increase over the 2023 levy 

$24 million 

Harper's Unsung Hero - Maria Kloosterman