The 38th Annual Butch Hardy Memorial Masonry Competition including “Top Trowel” and “Line Burner” contest took place in May at the Adams/Oldcastle facility in Goldsboro. Hundreds of students participated from thirteen eastern North Carolina schools. Pictured left to right, bottom row, Fred Mason, instructor, Columbus Career & College Academy with his student Maria Torres who finished Second overall, finished First in the ladies’ division of “Top Trowel” and tied for First in the Line Burner contest; Noah Lausterer, White Oak High, Third place, Top Trowel; and Jennifer Key, Columbus Career & College Academy, Fourth place, Top Trowel. Top row, left to right, Keith Toomer, Second place, Top Trowel next to his instructor, Daniel Bright, at Swansboro High School next to his student Jacob Jones who finished First in the Top Trowel and tied for First in the Line Burner; White Oak instructor Jeff Lausterer; Pender County High School Instructor Roland Dixon with his student Hygenio Ramirez, who finished Fifth in the Top Trowel contest. Dylan Potter (not pictured) of Pender HS won the Masonry One/First Year competition. Columbus Career & College Academy won the best overall team award.  


Luke Norris, a junior at West Caldwell High School (third from left) is the Champion of the Eighth Annual Caldwell County High School Masonry Contest held early May at Hibriten Supply in Lenoir. Pictured left to right, Cody Boyd, Caldwell County Home Builders Association; Eric Stamey, instructor Hibriten High School; Norris; Matt Woods, instructor West Caldwell High School; Second Place Finisher Jaron Pope, South Caldwell High School; Scott Settlemyre, instructor South Caldwell High; and Third Place Finisher Alex Pope, South Caldwell High School. Andy Schronce and Trenton Johnson won the block laying event and Brady Shehan and Hunter Ervin won the labor contest, all four from South Caldwell. Trenton Ford of West Caldwell won in the first year division. South Caldwell won the overall best team award.  CLICK HERE FOR ADDITIONAL PHOTOGRAPHS

As they have done for more than thirty-five years, Spake Concrete Products hosted graduating high school senior masonry students for a recognition luncheon in their honor May 2, 2019. Students from the two masonry programs in Cleveland County, Burns Senior High and Shelby High, were each presented a new trowel at the event held at Cleveland Country Club in Shelby. Several NCMCA member firm representatives were on hand to meet and congratulate the students as well as to encourage them to consider masonry and construction careers. Richard Shull is the masonry instructor at Burns and Jonathan Blanton instructs in the new masonry program at Shelby.

In April, NCMCA Workforce Development & Training Coordinator Ryan Shaver along with Griffin Masonry’s Jarrett Ennis and McGee Brothers Company’s Rogan Smith appeared on a segment of PBS WTVI 42 Charlotte’s “Carolina Impact” program with reporter Jeff Sonier. The story featured NCMCA’s Masonry Pre-Apprentice Program and the facts about great career opportunities in the masonry industry.


In a North Carolina masonry competition first, the 2019 NC SkillsUSA State Masonry Contest at the Greensboro Coliseum in April was interrupted when a sprinkler head malfunctioned, drenching several contestants and their projects. The entire coliseum was evacuated, disrupting numerous skills competitions involving more than a thousand students. The masonry contest conclusion was delayed by about an hour. NCMCA members and friends spent two days setting up the contest, mixing mortar, tending the contestants, (sopping up water,) judging the projects and cleaning up and disposing of the debris. Some 117 students from twenty-two schools participated.


Left to right, Grant Helms of West Rowan High; Ashton White, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College; and Rodney Harrington, masonry instructor at West Rowan High School and masonry advisor to Ms. White will be headed to Louisville this summer to represent North Carolina at the National SkillsUSA Masonry Championship competition. Helms and White won the NC SkillsUSA high school/secondary and post-secondary North Carolina state championship respectively in April at Greensboro. Ms. White will be defending her 2018 national post-secondary masonry championship. Mr. Helms won the 2018 NC State Fair Apprentice Contest in October. Finishing second in the NC secondary division was Mason Saunders of Mount Pleasant High School followed by Cyress Brown, West Rowan High; Joshua Queen, West Stanly High; and Mitch Winterbery, Central Cabarrus High respectively. Jakob Eudy of West Stanly High won the Masonry I competition. Photo by Jodi Helms.


At the end of February, David Bass retired from Adams/Oldcastle after more than thirty-two years with the company and its predecessors. Friends and associates celebrated with David and Kim at a dinner in their honor in early April. Pictured, the Asheville Adams/Oldcastle Crew, bottom left to right, Ron DeHart, Michelle Holbert, David Bass, Kim Bass, and Billie Sauerwine. Back, left to right, Eric Gilliam, Ronnie Ewart, Clay Wheeler, Gary Hensley, Brandon Sigmon, Randy Maddox, Dean Moore, Traves Evans, and Michael Pike. David has been an active and enthusiastic member of NCMCA and the Land of the Sky Chapter, recently serving as the chapter's secretary/treasurer.


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