San Antonio high school student uses skills learned in classroom to fix pipes at home

SAN ANTONIO – A San Antonio high school student took what she had learned in the classroom and put the skills into practice when the pipes burst at her family home.

Tracy Sinha and her family were forced to stay with their relatives last week after they lost electricity and water due to the winter storm that struck many parts of the state. Sinha said her daughter, 15-year-old Meadow Quigley, knew exactly what to do when she saw her pipes burst.

“We went to Lowe’s and got like primer and cement from the plumbing department. Then we went back and said, “OK, we should probably wait until tomorrow because it’s going to be freezing again tonight,” Quigley said.

Quigley is a sophomore at Construction Careers Academy and has studied plumbing, pipe installation, and welding.

“She has some social anxiety, and that’s why I see she’s not sure about a lot of things. And watching her do it … she wasn’t unsure. She was responsible. She knew what she was doing, ”Sinha said of her daughter.


Quigley fixed the problem and the family had running water. She said she looked forward to helping others fix these types of issues.

Sinha said Quigley’s school changed her daughter’s life. Quigley will graduate with knowledge of plumbing, pipe assembly and welding, as well as certifications. She hopes to start a business one day.

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