PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) -- A local athlete has been preparing to show off her skills in a worldwide competition, but before she can take on competitors who have been practicing for years, she had to teach Rhode Show host Michaela Johnson the art of fencing.
Morgan Partridge, 14, is not your average teenager. Most kids her age are thinking about getting their license, going to prom, but she's setting her sights on so much more.
"When I started it was just once a week and you did that for six weeks and that was a class," she said. "Now I usually come four or five days a week and I have practices that run for about three hours."
All of her practices are held at Rhode Island Fencing Academy & Club in East Providence.
"The United States Fencing Association, or the USFA, is the governing body of fencing in the country and recently featured us as one of the six or seven mega clubs in the United States - big clubs that are producing high level fencers," said owner and head coach, Alex Ripa.
Ripa has been coaching Morgan since she started, and she's currently ranked third in the country in the Cadet level.
"She started when she was very young, and what I noticed about her right away was this eager tenacity," he added. "She was willing to get in and take a risk. She was very fearless."
Morgan never thought fencing would take her this far.
"I thought it was cool but I didn't think I would take it this seriously," she said. "I thought it was something fun to do in my extra time, but it turned into something bigger."
Not only does Morgan travel across the entire country, she competes around the world as well. Her next stop - Croatia.
"It's the biggest tournament for cadets," she added. "It's the world championships, so people from all over the world will be there and they selected three from the country. The top three so it will be a really tough competition."
Morgan enjoys working hard at something she loves.
"There's always something to improve in, and that's what I like about it. You never get to a level where you stop and say 'oh, I'm the best now'. There's always something to keep working for and I really like that."
Morgan is competing in Croatia in the Cadet World Championships through April 8. Last year, she finished eighth in the world and is hoping for an even higher ranking for 2013.
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