Grayson McGee (left) and his tender Trevin Munn (middle) of McGee Brothers Company are headed to Las Vegas to compete in the Annual SPEC MIX Bricklayer 500 at the World of Concrete in January. In the photo, Grayson and Trevin are interviewed by well-known Bricklayer 500 MC Tom Clark (right) after winning the SPEC MIX Bricklayer 500 Carolina qualifier in November at Carolina Stalite’s Ben Ketchie Park in Gold Hill. Grayson and Travin also won recognition as “Best Craftsmen” for building “the most sellable wall.” Their adjusted brick count was 632. Finishing second with an adjusted count of 619 was the McGee Brothers team of mason Wriston McGee and tender Hiran McGee. Third place was the Kelly Masonry team of mason David Kelly and tender Matthew Kelly with a count of 477. Eight teams competed as more than 1,000 spectators cheered them on.


In addition to the SPEC MIX Bricklayer 500 Carolina Qualifier, the 2018 Masonry Education Day at Ben Ketchie Park in Gold Hill featured a bricklaying competition for high school masonry students. Finishing in first place with an adjusted score of 218 brick laid in the twenty minutes allowed was the Mount Pleasant High School team of Mason Saunders, bricklayer, and Josh Grey, tender. Pictured left to right, NCMCA Workforce Development & Training Coordinator Ryan Shaver; Mason’s father Scotty Saunders; tender Josh Grey; bricklayer Mason Saunders; Mount Pleasant High School masonry instructor Cody Alward (who competed in the Bricklayer 500 competition;) and Mason’s mother Margaret Saunders. The West Rowan High School team of mason Grant Helms and tender Clay White finished in second place and West Stanly High School team of mason Zack Smith and tender Josh Queen finished third. Teams from nine schools participated in the competition. More than 600 students from 27 schools attended the Third Annual Masonry Education Day to watch the competitions, meet masonry industry representatives, enjoy lunch and learn from industry tutorials.             CLICK HERE FOR ADDITIONAL PICTURES

  NCMCA paid a visit to Fred Mason's masonry class in Fair Bluff in October. Mr. Mason's class is conducted at Columbus Career & College Academy, Columbus County. In the photo, NCMCA Workforce Development & Training Coordinator Ryan Shaver shared his masonry career experience with class members.  


Gates Construction Company hosted the NCMCA Metrolina Chapter’s annual Recognition Night at the end of October. The event hosts Greater Charlotte area masonry students and apprentices that have achieved success in masonry competitions across the country over the past year, along with their families. Pictured, bottom left to right, Grant Helms, First Place Winner at the 2018 NC State Fair Masonry Apprentice Contest; Rex Huntley, Third Place Winner in the NCMCA 2018 Annual Samuel A. McGee Apprentice Skills Contest; Ashton White, 2018 National SkillsUSA Post-Secondary Masonry Champion; Jamison “JK” Huntley, winner of the 2018 David R Sigmon First Place Award (for the second consecutive year) at the Sam McGee Contest and 2018 First Place Winner, First Year Division at the Mason Contractors Association (MCAA) of America Skills Challenge at Las Vegas; Mason Saunders, 2018 National SkillsUSA Secondary Masonry Champion; and Kelby Thornton, who earned the right to represent masonry on the USA WorldSkills team when they compete in Russia in 2019. Back, left to right, Ashton White’s masonry instructor Rodney Harrington, West Rowan High School; Metrolina Chapter President Brandon Hartsell; NCMCA Workforce & Training Coordinator Ryan Shaver; Zack McGee, Fourth Place Finisher in the 2018 Sam McGee Contest; special guest Jeff Buczkiewicz, MCAA Chairman and CEO; Cody Alward, Mason Saunders’ masonry instructor, Mount Pleasant High School; NCMCA President–Elect Danks Burton, Training and Apprenticeship Committee Chair; and NCMCA President Kent Huntley, whose firm, Huntley Brothers Company, took home the “David R. Sigmon Award” traveling plaque for the third year in a row with Huntley Brother’s apprentice JK Huntley’s 2018 Sam McGee Contest win.  CLICK HERE TO VIEW ADDITIONAL PICTURES FROM 2018 RECOGNITION NIGHT

From the Appalachian State University press release: Winners of the eighth annual NCMCA Sigmon Memorial Scholarship were announced on in October after a closed jury review of masonry design proposals. The first-place winning team of Carson Chet (not pictured) and Peyton Leverette (pictured) will split a semester tuition scholarship for the spring 2019 semester on the merit of their curvilinear design titled “Zen Facade.” Sponsored by the North Carolina Masonry Contractors Association, this scholarship competition event affords Building Science students enrolled in TEC 4738 Architectural Design Studio III (Professor D. Jason Miller) and TEC 4778 Integrated Building Design and Construction (Professor Don Woodruff) an opportunity to design an innovative commercial building storefront using masonry products, means, and methods. NCMCA President Kent Huntley of Huntley Brothers Company, Inc., and Past-President Bob Gates of Gates Construction Company, Inc., served as jurors for this year’s masonry-specific design challenge. These industry experts noted the creativity and imagination on display in the various design proposals, while also pointing out that the real challenge of designing well with masonry lies in the buildability of the assembly. Fifteen proposals were created for the 2018 competition. Jesse Miner and Vadessa Risner were awarded second place with their proposal, “A Sharp Reveal,” while “Evolution Façade,” designed by the four-person team of Shane McDonough, Ryan McManus, Austin Moncrief, and Jared Moore brought home third place. Annika Davidson and Jackson Wemmitt received fourth place recognition for their cryptically titled, “Tension,” a multi-layered entry sequence. Pictured left to right, Kent Huntley, Bob Gates, Don Woodruff, winning team member Peyton Leverett, and Jason Miller. CLICK HERE FOR ADDITIONAL COMPETITON PHOTOGRAPHS.

The team of, left to right, Meredith Layman, Matthew Bullard, and Abby Bagwell have won the NC State University College of Design Sigmon Memorial Scholarship Award for 2018. The winning team shares a semester’s tuition as their prize. The competition required the team to design and model a hypothetical masonry office building. The competition is part of Professor J. Patrick Rand’s “Architectural Construction Systems” class at NC State University’s College of Design and is a graded class assignment. Thirteen teams participated. Finishing in second place was the team of John Durkee, Fate Malek , and Andrea Velosa. Third place was Ben Credle, Jack McManus, and Patrick Meiburg, and fourth place went to the team of Sydney Shoffner, Emily Simon, and NCMCA Past President Doug Burton and architect and builder Vinny Petrarca, a principal at Tonic Design | Tonic Construction, served as judges for the October event. The scholarship is named in memory of David, Randy, and Dwayne Sigmon. 2018 marks the 18th year for the NC State/NCMCA Sigmon design competition. 


Thirty-three contestants competed in the 65th Annual North Carolina State Fair Masonry Apprentice Contest October 15, 2018 in Raleigh, here pictured with NCMCA contest officials Ryan Shaver, Doug Burton, and Clavin Brodie.  




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