Land of the Sky 2020 Contest
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The NCMCA Land of the Sky Chapter conducted their annual high school masonry contest for schools in the western part of North Carolina in mid-March at the Haywood County Fairgrounds in Waynesville. The champion for the second consecutive year is Madison County High School Senior Tristan Cutshall, bottom left, followed by Senior Trevor Simmons, bottom right, of McDowell High School in second place. Trevor finished in third place in the 2019 contest. Pictured top, left to right, NCMCA Workforce Development & Training Coordinator Ryan Shaver; third place finisher Mason McPeters and fourth place finisher Ethan Powell both of McDowell High School; Land of the Sky Chapter President Gary Kitchen; fifth place finisher Trynt Hoadley of East Henderson High School; and NCMCA Western Regional Vice President Don Caldwell. Isaiah Allred of McDowell High School (not pictured) was the winner in the first year division. Chapter members and local general contractors provided materials, cash contributions for expenses, tool prizes, volunteers, equipment and food for the event.
Lee County Masonry Contest
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The Eastern North Carolina SkillsUSA regional competition was held at Lee County High School in early March. Jennifer Key from Columbus Career and College Academy took home First Place. Pictured left to right, Chris Garner, masonry instructor at Lee County High School; Josephine Shelton, third place from Lee County High School; Isreal Burgarin, fourth place from Columbus Career and College Academy; Jennifer Key, first place from Columbus Career and College Academy; David Pickard, fifth place from Lee County High School; Annayidi Dionisiu, second place from Columbus Career and College Academy; and Fred Mason, masonry instructor at Columbus Career and College Academy. Photo by Ryan Shaver.
May McGee Memorial Contest Planning
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The committee planning for the Annual NCMCA Samuel A. McGee Memorial Masonry Apprentice Skills Contest met the end of February at the Stalite office in Gold Hill. Clockwise, bottom, NCMCA President Kent Huntley; Starling Johnson, Johnson Concrete Products; Jody Wall and Keith Shelton, Stalite; Jody Little, McGee Brothers; NCMCA Workforce & Training Coordinator Ryan Shaver; and Courtney Wyrick, Stalite. Johnson Concrete Products, Stalite and the NCMCA Metrolina Chapter host the competition at Stalite’s Ben Ketchie Park in Gold Hill on Saturday May 16, 2020. A family fun day of friendly competition, fellowship and food, plus an opportunity to show-off classic, muscle and “toy” cars, trucks, and tractors is planned. Enter your apprentices! All contestants win cash and prizes.
Wilkes County Rally Day 2020
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Students from several northwestern counties gathered at Wilkes Community College at the end of February for a regional SkillsUSA Rally Day. Instructor Scott Settlemyre’s South Caldwell High School masonry class had a sweep of the top five finishes in the Level Two masonry competition. Left to right in ascending order of finish, Login Kirby, Mason Lutz-Lane, Isaac White, Andy Schronce, and First Place Finisher Tanner Scruggs. In the competition for the first year division, Jakob Patterson of South Caldwell High School finished in first place. Photo by Scott Settlemyre
Fourth Annual Rowan County Skills Contest
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For the second year in a row, Grant Helms has won the second-year masonry contest at the February Annual Rowan County Pre-Skills competition at the Rowan County Fair Grounds. Pictures left to right, top, NCMCA President Kent Huntley, who served as head judge; Michael Bostian, Third Place and Grant Helms, First Place, both from West Rowan High School; Jakob Eudy, West Stanly High School, Second Place; NCMCA Board Chair Bob Gates; and NCMCA’s Ryan Shaver. Bottom, left to right, Anderson Pruett, West Rowan High School, First Place Block Laying; Kalyn Stover, Columbus Career and College Academy, Third Place, First Year Masonry; Dalton Miller, West Rowan High School, First Place, First Year Masonry; Austin Cook, Carson High School, Second Place, First Year Masonry; and Eric Menendez, West Rowan High School, Second Place, Block Laying. Photo by Jodie Helms CLICK HERE FOR ADDITIONAL EVENT PICTURES
Wake County Masonry Club
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In February, students from Cary High School enjoyed day two of the newly formed after school Masonry Club in Wake County. NCMCA's Raleigh Chapter is leading the way to introduce masonry at two local high schools that do not presently offer masonry classes. Photo by Ryan Shaver
NC Apprentices Compete at Las Vegas
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