Waynesville Hosts Land of the Sky Contest 2019
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Twenty masonry students from five western North Carolina high schools participated in the Annual NCMCA Land of the Sky Masonry Contest March 15th at the Haywood County Fair Grounds. The new champion is Tristan Cutshall (second from left, top) from Madison County High School where he is instructed by Brian Sams. Second, third and fourth place went to McDowell High School students Ethan Powell (second from right, top,) Mason McPeters (bottom right) and Trevor Simmons (middle, bottom) respectively. Curtis Chandler (bottom left) of Madison High finished fifth. Brayden Mackie (not pictured) of Brevard High School won the First Year Division. NCMCA President Kent Huntley (top right) was on hand to congratulate all the students for their participation. Land of the Sky Chapter President Gary Kitchen is pictured top left.
Cabarrus County Contest 2019
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Grant Helms of West Rowan High School was the winner of the mid-March Charlotte Home Builders Association pre-SkillsUSA competition in Concord. Lowes Home Improvement at Concord Mills once again hosted the contest. Top, left to right, Charlotte HBA Executive Kathryn Lewis; Chad Little, Charlotte HBA board member; Darlene Prescott, Lowes; First Place Winner Grant Helms; Trey Barnes, Lowes; NCMCA President Kent Huntley who acted as contest head judge and master of ceremonies; and Ryan Shaver, NCMCA staff. Bottom left to right, second place finisher Cyress Brown of West Rowan High; and third place finisher Mason Saunders, Mount Pleasant High. 28 students from nine high schools participated.
Lee County Contest
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Lee County High School hosted a regional SillsUSA high school masonry contest at the end of February. Sixteen students from three high schools participated. Fred Mason’s (white shirt) Columbus Career and College Academy claimed the top three spots. Jennifer Key placed “First” (center of the project,) Maria Torres place “Second” (the left of Jennifer,) and Annayeli Dionisio finished third place (to the right of Jennifer.) Macy Williams (left end,) Brodie Contractors; Jimmy Wall, Adams/Oldcastle(pink shirt sixth from right) and NCMCA’s Ryan Shaver (right end) were judges for the contest. Photo by Rod Lykins
Getting Ready for Baseball!
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The Eastern Carolina Chapter raised funds for chapter activities and projects on an early March Saturday morning by laying the concrete masonry units for two baseball field dugouts at Christ Covenant School in Winterville. Twenty-two members participated. Materials, equipment, and labor were provided by Adams/Oldcastle, Manning Masonry Inc, Joyner Masonry Works, Rush Construction, J. B. Overman Masonry, Bembridge Masonry, and RE Harris Masonry. HydroClean provided lunch. Photograph by Tim Manning.
Masonry University 2019 at Greensboro
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In February, Jason Thompson (facing,) Vice President of Engineering with the National Concrete Masonry Association (NCMA) was a featured presenter at NCMCA’s Masonry University 2019. McGee Brothers Company hosted the session, provided as an opportunity for NCMCA certified individuals to obtain required continuing education credit, at their Greensboro facility. Thirty-two individuals participated. John Cramer of TriSure Corporation and the NCMCA Insurance Program provided a timely update on safety issues and insurance coverage and liability concerns.
A visit to Fred T. Foard
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Members of the NCMCA Western Carolina Chapter visited Fred T. Foard High School near Hickory at the end of February to present a program on construction and masonry careers to students. They also enjoyed visiting and handling trowels with students in Jeff Yount’s masonry class. Pictured, Brian Cook of Masonry Unlimited of Cherryville talks with the students. He was joined in the masonry shop by CE Moser of Adams/Oldcastle and his partner at Masonry Unlimited, Martin Browne.
Bob Wins at Las Vegas!
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