Killeen: KISD welding students qualify for state competition

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KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) For Aneli Lugo, Isabella Palmisano and Riley Bridenstine, welding has become second nature.

Photo by John Bridenstine

"We just mess around but we still get the job done," Palmisano said.

All three have qualified to compete in the Skills USA state competition this upcoming April.

"Just working to get the perfect weld and finally seeing a finished project come together like a first place ribbon, it makes you feel good," Bridenstine said.

Bridenstine, along with other senior level welders, built a BBQ pit that won first place at the group district competition.

Palmisano and Lugo won first and second place in the individual competition where they were given just four hours to create a tool. To both of them, it wasn't an easy task.

"Now that it's over, I just keep thinking, wow, we really did it," Palmisano said.

"Now we want to do it again even though you hated every second of it cause it was scary," Lugo said.

Their instructor, John Bridenstine, couldn't be more impressed.

"They're determined and dedicated," he said.

"They come in, they like what they do and they enjoy it. I think that has a lot to do with their success.

Success that the young welders will cherish for a lifetime.