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Student Awarded For Courage To Take Non-Traditional Course

An Alpena High School student received a special award for her courage to take on a non-traditional program.

It’s a program that consists of working with dangerous tools, in a high-risk environment. Students in the Welding Program at Alpena High School endure rigid tasks daily.

“We weld aluminum, stainless steel, carbon steel, we do destructive tests and non destructive tests,” said Ron Cadarette, Welding Teacher.

One senior is proving a point as she shows the world that despite her gender, she can weld too.

“I chose this program because I wanted to go for women’s empowerment and do something that not a lot of women can do, but can show the world that every woman could do it,” said Morgan Woloszyk, Alpena High School Senior.

Morgan more than proved her point, as she was awarded the 2017 Breaking Traditions Excellence Award. The award signifies achievement in a non-traditional career and technical education program.

Welding Programs like this are traditionally for men, but students like Morgan are showing its nothing that women can’t handle.

“I think you should go for whatever you believe in because everyone is capable of doing whatever they want to do so if you’re a woman going into anything that’s male dominant, there’s no reason you shouldn’t,” said Woloszyk. Morgan hopes that more women will be fearless and not let tradition get in the way of their success.