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Area student part of SDSM&T team placing in national contest

Kody Heller, of Platte, was part of a civil and environmental engineering team at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology placed third nationally in the PCI Engineering Design Competition, taking home a prize of $1,500.

The seven-person team fabricated and tested a pre-cast, pre-stressed 20-foot long concrete beam.

Prizes are awarded to the top three in each of the seven zones for efficient design, highest load capacity and other categories. The School of Mines team placed first in Zone 3, enabling it to compete nationally.