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.  


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.

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


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

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


Wade Taylor (left) and Jace Huntley represented North Carolina in the Mason Contractors Association of America (MCAA) Annual Masonry Skills Challenge for apprentices at the February World of Concrete in Las Vegas.  Wade finished in first place in the first year division and Jace finished third place in the second year division.  They earned their chance to compete at Las Vegas by winning the NC State Fair Apprentice Contest and the Annual NCMCA Samuel McGee Contest respectively in 2019.  Wade and Jace are apprentices with Huntley Brothers Company.   Deyver Tena of Glendale, Arizona finished first in the second year division and Jake Freeman of Chattanooga, Tennessee finished first in the third year division.  READ MORE HERE  At the MCAA meeting in Las Vegas, NCMCA President Kent Huntley was elected Secretary of MCAA, which puts him on the road to become MCAA Chairman in about seven years.  CLICK HERE FOR ADDITIONAL NCMCA PICTURES FROM LAS VEGAS          

Retired Mount Pleasant High School masonry instructor Doug Drye is the fourth North Carolina nominee inducted into the Mason Contractors Association of America “Masonry Hall of Fame,” joining North Carolina nominees Glenn W. Sipe (2012,) Samuel A. McGee (2014,) and Robert L. Merrill (2019.)  Drye’s former student, Ryan Shaver, NCMCA’s Workforce Development & Training Coordinator, introduced him at the February MCAA Convention Closing Banquet at the Las Vegas World of Concrete.  In Doug’s almost twenty-four years at Mount Pleasant, he built a nationally recognized program, holding the record for the most VICA/SkillsUSA secondary national champions.  He helped to guide hundreds of young people into successful careers in masonry and construction.  Pictured left to right, daughter-in-law and son Amanda and Mark Drye; MCAA Chairman Paul Odom; Doug and Thyra Drye; NCMCA President Kent Huntley; and NCMCA’s Ryan Shaver.  Also inducted into the Hall-of-Fame for 2020 were SPEC MIX’s Brian Carney; Paul Hoggatt, Hoggatt Masonry; and Mark Kemp, Superior Masonry Construction.  READ MORE HERE        

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