Edmonton high school students show off skills in Halloween-themed welding competition

Students compete in the CLAC's Wicked Welding Competition, Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017. Twitter, Credit

There was a “wicked” opportunity for students to come up with spooky creations on Saturday.

The second annual Wicked Welding Competition was held at CLAC, Edmonton’s welding facility. Students were challenged to design, build and use materials provided to create a creepy or crawly work of art.

“We used Halloween because it’s a relatively easy thing for kids to come and build a sculpture and it’s all done for fun and promote the trade in the high schools and with young people,” Tedd Gunn, competition organizer, said.

About 30 students from seven high schools participated in the competition.

One of the teams was an all-girls group, which is unique in a male-dominated field. But the team said being the only all-girl team wasn’t something they thought about.

“I don’t really think we see that as a challenge. It’s not intimidating or anything for us. We’re just as good, or even better, than any of the guys that are here and we have a right to be here and to compete,” participant Lindsay Henderson said.

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The team created a scarecrow-skeleton hybrid they promised would be creepy and scary.

The winner of the competition received a trophy and bragging rights.

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