In July, the North Carolina Masonry Instructors Association met in Greensboro and elected new officers for the 2022-2023 term. Left to right, new Vice President, Fred Mason of Columbus College & Career Academy; new President Matthew Almond, North Stanly High School; out-going President Rodney Harrington, West Rowan High School, who served six years because of the pandemic; new secretary Chris Garner, Lee County High School; and new Treasurer Roland Dixon, Pender County High School. McGee Brothers Company hosted the instructors for a day of continuing education that included lunch provided by McGee Brothers Company and Adams/Oldcastle. Among the day's activities were hands-on demonstrations by Masonry Cosmetics, East Coast Brick Staining, iQ Power Tools, EZG Manufacturing, and Stabila.

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Anderson Pruett of West Rowan High School is the Champion of the National SkillsUSA High School Masonry Contest for 2022. Pruett’s win makes North Carolina’s 39th National Masonry Gold Medal and brings the total medal count for North Carolina to 56, including 15 “Silver” and two “Bronze.” The masonry competition was part of the 58th Annual SkillsUSA National Leadership & Skills Conference held in Atlanta in June. Pictured left to right, Bronze Medalist Ross Nye of Ohio, Gold Medalist Anderson Pruett of North Carolina, and Silver Medalist Samuel Berryman of Pennsylvania. NCMCA’s Ryan Shaver co-chairs the SkillsUSA National Masonry Contest Committee along with Mason Contractors Association of America (MCAA) President Jeff Buczkiewicz. West Rowan High School Masonry Instructor Rodney Harrington, whose students hold three other National Gold Medals, accompanied Pruett for the Atlanta event.  Photo courtesy of Rodney Harrington.

The 2022 NCMCA Annual Samuel A. McGee Memorial Masonry Apprentice Skills Contest is in the books. Pictured, top, left to right, NCMCA President-Elect and Contest Chairman Cliff McGee; Fifth Place finisher Cam Hill, McGee Brothers Company; Fourth Place finisher Mason Saunders, Huntley Brothers Company; Third Place finisher Colson Childers, Griffin Masonry; Second Place finisher Cade Huntley, Huntley Brothers Company; 2022 Champion and “David R. Sigmon” Award winner Christian Kluttz, Huntley Brothers Company; and NCMCA President Bo Black. Bottom, left to right, Tenth Place, Joshua Queen, McGee Brothers Company; Avina Rodriguez, Manning Masonry, Ninth Place; Leonard Oconnor, Harrington Masonry, Eighth Place; Carter McGee, Seventh Place, and Grant Haney Sixth Place, both of McGee Brothers Company. Nicholas Sloop, Harrington Masonry, finished “first” in the first-year apprentice division (not pictured.) Fifty apprentices from thirteen NCMCA member firms participated in the competition hosted by Adams, an Oldcastle® company at their Colfax manufacturing facility Saturday, May 21st. The 2023 competition is set for Saturday, May 20, 2023, at EastWest Products in Kinston.  CLICK HERE FOR ADDITIONAL EVENT PICTURES

Christian Kluttz, an apprentice with Huntley Brothers Company, is the Champion of the 2022 NCMCA Annual Samuel A. McGee Memorial Masonry Apprentice Skills Contest and takes home the “David R. Sigmon” award for his first-place finish. The contest took place May 21st at the Adams/Oldcastle® facility in Colfax.

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The NCMCA Land of the Sky Chapter conducted a very successful masonry competition for high schools in western North Carolina on May 5th. Mason Collins, a senior at McDowell High School, is the 2022 Champion. Pictured, top, left to right, Land of the Sky Chapter President Gary Kitchen; Tuscola High School instructor Eric Sollie; East Henderson High School instructor Stanley Stepp; McDowell High School instructor Chad Brewer; Brevard High School instructor Colby Guice; and NCMCA Western Regional Vice President Don Caldwell. Bottom, left to right, Fourth Place Finisher Johnny Chubb, Tuscola High School; Third Place Finisher Jesus Pacheco Cera, East Henderson High School; First Place Finisher and Contest Champion Mason Collins; Second Place Finisher Rachel Wiener and Fifth Place Finisher Tyler Glance both of Brevard High School. Not pictured, Andy Brown of Tuscola High School who won First Place in the First Year Division competition. Six schools participated in the event at the Haywood County Fair Grounds.

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Anderson Pruett of West Rowan High School is the new Secondary State Champion of the 2022 NC SkillsUSA Masonry Competition. The contest was held at the end of April at the Greensboro Coliseum with forty-eight students participating in the Masonry II division. Finishing second through tenth respectively were Nathaniel Myers, North Stanly High School; Annayeli Dionisio and Israel Bugarin, Columbus Career & College Academy; Austin Mullins, Mt. Pleasant High School; Aaron Russel, West Rowan High School; Colby Kirkland, West Stanly High School; Aden Toledo, Jesse Carson High School; Oconner Leonard and Nicholas Sloop both from West Rowan High School. Mason Ridenhour of East Rowan High School finished “First Place” in the Masonry One contest and Cody Landahl of Mt. Pleasant High School won the masonry estimating competition. Pruett will represent North Carolina in the Atlanta National SkillsUSA Masonry Championship in June.

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At the end of March, NCMCA and the Southeast Concrete Masonry Association (SCMA) wrapped up the last of three masonry presentations for the North Carolina Building Inspectors Association (NCBIA) with a workshop in Hickory. NCBIA provides the sessions as a service to its members who are required to obtain continuing education on a regular basis. Since the beginning of the year, SCMA and NCMCA also provided workshops in Greenville, NC, and in Aberdeen. More that 215 participated in the Hickory workshop in person and online. Picture left to right, the committee that developed and presented the masonry programs; SCMA President James Cain; Christine A. Subasic, PE of Raleigh; Doc McGee, McGee Brothers Company; Matt Love of NCBIA; and NCMCA Workforce Development & Training Coordinator, Ryan Shaver.

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