Mark for Safety Challenge Winners – Lockport Township High School

Students from Lockport Township High School won the Mark for Safety Challenge last month, an event sponsored by JJC, the Three Rivers Education for Employment System (TREES), the Keep Going for Mark Brockett Foundation, and local high schools.

The college hosted the challenge, which was developed in an effort to raise awareness of safety issues along State Route 53 from the I-80 interchange south to Doris Ave. where Mark Brockett was killed in August 2009. Brockett, a coach and teacher at Lemont High School, was tragically killed in a pedestrian/vehicle accident while walking on Route 53 (Chicago Street), under the railroad viaduct in Joliet.

The student teams that participated in the challenge were tasked to come up with a better, safer design for the roadway under the viaduct. The plans they developed had to preserve current traffic flow and provide safe passage for pedestrians and bicyclists. At the conclusion of the competition, each team presented their solution to a panel of experts for judging. The winners received $1,500.

“Lockport Township clearly excelled in all of the areas with the best project organization and the most original design idea,” said Maria Rafac, JJC faculty member and event organizer. “The team covered all aspects of the design problem with attention to local codes, probable cost, construction details, and proposed landscape. Their physical model was excellent and they had the best overall presentation with every member of the team participating!”

Other teams that took part in the challenge were from Joliet Central, Joliet West, Lemont, and Plainfield South High Schools.

Rafac said that the judges used the following criteria to evaluate each project and presentation:

  • The appropriateness of the solution.
  • The originality of the idea.
  • The development of the design from concept through completion.
  • The completion of all the project requirements.
  • The craftsmanship and quality of the work.
  • The professionalism of the presentation.

At the end of the competition, Brockett’s mother, Kathy, presented the Lockport students with a $1,500 check on behalf of the Keep Going for Mark Brockett Foundation.

Video of the awards presentation coming soon.

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