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Students take educational catwalk under New River Gorge Bridge

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Select students from all over the state came to Fayette County on Friday, May 17 for a walk under the New River Gorge Bridge.

They are spending the entire weekend celebrating after all the hard work they put into a national competition.

These students are from middle schools and high schools all over the state who competed in the national West Point Bridge Building Competition.

Two girls from Greenbrier East Middle School have been in the contest for several years now.

Summer McElwain said, "Today is amazing it's probably one of the best trips I've had here to the bridge competition."

Kyra Lampert said, "This is really fun and I made a joke with my friend earlier, I said this is Gorge-ous!"

Although New River Gorge Bridge was built in the 1970's, students were still in awe of the massive project in front of them.

The students said walking 3,000 feet across the entire length of the bridge gave them a whole new perspective on bridges.

McElwain said, "Well it's definitely bringing the concept of bridge building to life being able to see all the bars and tubes and the different ways that they work under here."

And it even gave them experiences outside the world of engineering.

Lampert said, "I learned how crazy it is to be on a bridge right underneath it where cars are going right above you."

     The national winners of the West Point Bridge Building competition are high schoolers at Woodrow Wilson.

     They took home a top prize of $10,000 and new computers.

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