High School Senior Designs Cost-Saving Flooding Fix in Madison

MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) – A flood-prone area of Madison will soon get some much needed relief thanks to a new project, designed by a high school student.

Ben Kendall is a senior at Bob Jones High School and an intern with the Madison city engineering department.

As part of his internship, he was asked to study flooding problems along Mose Chapel Road.

Kendall came up with a plan for a detention pond and tested it out using computer modeling software, then pitched it to the city engineer.

As it turns out, the engineer changed his road design to utilize Kendall’s pond, saving the city about $80,000 in concrete pipe officials had planned to use to fix the problem.

City leaders were most grateful for Kendall’s suggestion and work.

Kendall said he’s thrilled to have it on his resume.

“I was just really excited,” he said.  “It was like I’m actually designing something that’s going to be used and I’m just in high school.”

The city plans to start working on the project in about six months.

Kendall plans to graduate from Bob Jones High School in the spring and then enroll at Auburn University to pursue a degree in biosystems engineering.

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