SaundersWhiteLouisvilleWEBNEWSIn June, North Carolina had a sweep at the National SkillsUSA Masonry Competition in Louisville, winning both the secondary and post-secondary contests. Ashton White representing West Rowan High School won the post-secondary division and Mason Saunders of Mount Pleasant High School won the high school event.  With Ashton and Mason's wins, North Carolina's SkillsUSA Masonry medal count now stands 36 Gold, 15 Silver, and two Bronze.  Among attendees at the SkillsUSA National Conference this week were NCMCA President Kent Huntley, NCMCA Workforce Development & Training Coordinator Ryan Shaver who serves as National Chairman for the masonry contest, Metrolina Chapter Vice President Greg Huntley, West Rowan High School Masonry Instructor Rodney Harrington, Mount Pleasant High School Masonry Instructor Cody Alward, Daniel Furr of Carolina Stalite, and Todd Hartsell of Central Cabarrus High School who serves as masonry expert for the USA WorldSkills masonry team.  Christadore Cole of Connecticut finished in second and Rains Cole of Arizona finished third in the secondary division. Dean Bryce of Pennsylvania finished in second and Jake Freeman of Alabama finished third in the post-secondary division.  Also in Louisville, Kelby Thornton, who won the secondary title in 2016 and 2017 representing Central Cabarrus High School, successfully competed to represent the USA on the WorldSkills Masonry Team for the 2019 competition in Russia.  Photo by Ryan Shaver    ADDITIONAL LINKS INCLUDING PHOTOS


 Mike Rogers of Michael J. Rogers Masonry sends along this photo and explanation: “This accident occurred on our job site in Asheville yesterday (June 21, 2018) at about 2:00 AM. I can’t make it up!... No one hurt.  It penetrated the wall with no vertical pours but rested, with no damage, on the wall below which had been grouted."


In mid-June, NCMCA Workforce Development & Training Coordinator Ryan Shaver and one of his former masonry students, Chris Allman, now with Griffin Masonry Company, did an interview with Jamila Freelain for her “Encouraging Words” YouTube series. Ryan and Chris (pictured with Ms. Freelain) provided information and encouragement to viewers considering careers in the masonry industry.



In June, NCMCA participated in “Masonry Life Skills for Girls” with Girl Scout Troop 743 at Saint Paul's Lutheran Church in Salisbury. NCMCA Workforce Development & Training Coordinator Ryan Shaver says he and NCMCA President Kent Huntley, “had approximately eighteen girls for hands-on training and building a fire pit at the church. We demonstrated masonry tools and let them practice laying a few brick before having them lay brick and block on the fire pit project. It was a great day!” Ryans says a couple of the girls now plan to take masonry class in high school. The event was Emma Grace Amos’ “Gold Project.” Emma Grace has been in Girl Scouts for twelve years and is a rising senior at Jesse Carson High School. Masonry instructors Phil Faggart and Darren Yow from Jesse Carson High School also participated. Photograph courtesy of Troop 743




The NCMCA Central Piedmont Chapter held their Annual Danny Koonts Memorial Golf Tournament in June at the Lexington Golf Club. As they did in 2017 and have often done previously, the Kirby Construction Services team finished in first place. Pictured left to right, chapter treasurer Nick Ferrucci, chapter vice president Brent Moore, team members Brian and Mark Nelson, and Larry Kirby, past NCMCA president Ashlee K. Moore, and team member Joe Norman. In second place was the team of Buddy Sink, Daniel Qualls, Kenny Boone, and Dave Wilcox. (Not pictured) Chapter Vice President Brent Moore says, “The tournament was very successful because of all of our sponsors!” Photograph by Kilee Moore


As they have done for more than fifty-years, Statesville Brick Company hosted the Western Carolina Chapter at “Sunset Point,” the company’s Lake Norman conference center. The Western Carolina Chapter was joined by members of the Metrolina Chapter on an unusually cool June evening as everyone grilled their own steaks on the massive charcoal grill. Pictured left to right, NCMCA President Kent Huntley; Scott Rankin, Statesville Brick Company; Western Carolina Chapter President Larry Kirby; and Sonny Rankin, Statesville Brick Company. Photograph by Carl Moser


Thomas Camery of Rush Masonry Management is “Masonry Strong” as a contestant in the 2018 NCMCA Samuel A. McGee Masonry Apprentice Skills Contest. Adams, an Oldcastle® company and the NCMCA Metrolina Chapter hosted the contest at the Oldcastle facility in Charlotte in mid-May. Thirty-eight contestants from nine NCMCA member firms participated. Every contestant left with tools and cash prizes contributed by NCMCA member firms. The contest is named in memory of Sam McGee who passed in 2015 and who was recognized as a masonry industry leader and innovator all across the county. He was inducted into the Mason Contractors Association of America “Masonry Hall-of-Fame” in 2014. Next year’s Sam McGee Contest is set for May 18, 2019, at Triangle Brick in Durham. Photograph by Carl Moser

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