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Kentucky high school students participate in all-girls welding competition

The high school girls competed for prize money and potential future employers were also present at the competition.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Forty-five students from different school districts across Kentucky participated in the first-of-its-kind competition -- an all-girls welding competition.

The girls were given their assignments at the union training facility on Millers Lane in Louisville.

Those in charge of the competition say they wanted to do an all-female welding competition to celebrate the future of women in the welding trade.

"I think it's awesome, I get to build character as a young adult and then right after high school I get to have a future that even adults can't have," Lacey Henry, a Meade County student, said. "I love the opportunity."

Around $10,000 in prizes were awarded during the competition, and while the prize money must be nice, one competitor said she loved seeing other welders work through the process and their skills.

"I think it's cool that we get to come here in a competition because there's a bunch of other girls from a bunch of other schools, and you get to test out your skills and you get to see how other people evaluate and make their decisions on how they build stuff and what they do first," Danielle said.

Several companies in need of welders were also at the competition. So not only did the girls get the chance to compete for money, but they also got to showcase their skills to potential future employers.

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