In March, Adams/Oldcastle hosted their 40th Annual Masonry Top Trowel/Lineburner Contest for high school masonry programs in the eastern part of the state in Goldsboro, co-hosted by the NCMCA Eastern Carolina Chapter. Pictured, the winners of the “Top Trowel Contest,” bottom, left to right, Israel Burgarin, second place; Annayeli Dionisio, first place; and Leslie Maldonado, third place, all three from Columbus Career & College Academy. Top, left to right, Lineburner Chairman Tim Manning; Juan Valdivia of North Pitt High School, Top Trowel fourth place; Columbus Career & College Academy masonry instructor Fred Mason; Top Trowel fifth place finisher Kaylyn Stover of Columbus Career & College Academy; Gary Hensley, Adams/Oldcastle; and NCMCA Eastern Chapter President Kendra Blackmon. Annayeli Dionisio also won the “Lineburner contest followed respectively by Juan Valdivia, North Pitt High School, Pitt County Tradesformer program in second place; and Kailyn Stover, Columbus Career & College Academy in third place. Aidyn Merry, Columbus Career & College Academy won the Masonry One competition. Columbus Career & College Academy won the overall school team competition. Five schools participated in the event. Photo by Macy Williams

Anderson Pruett of West Rowan High School is the Champion of the February 26th SkillsUSA Southwestern Regional Masonry II Competition held at Salisbury. Pictured left to right, Jack Victor, Pyramid Masonry Contractors; Ryan Shaver, NCMCA; Fourth Place Finisher Nicholas Sloop, West Rowan High; Third Place Finisher Aden Toledo, Jesse Carson High; Anderson Pruett; West Rowan High School Masonry Instructor Rodney Harrington; Second Place Finisher Nathaniel Myers, North Stanly High School; Fifth Place Finisher Aaron Russel, West Rowan High; Dalton Reynolds, McGee Brothers Company; and Dr. Holly Pore, Career and Technical Education Director, Rowan-Salisbury School System.  Oconnor Leonard won the block laying competition and Corban Nations finished First Place in the Masonry I contest.  (Not pictured.)  Both are students at West Rowan High School.


In January, the North Carolina Building Inspectors Association held the first of three 2022 Winter Code Seminars in Greenville, NC with 140 attending in person and online. The seminar began with a two-hour masonry construction workshop presented jointly by Southeastern Concrete Masonry Association (SCMA) and NCMCA. The first part of the presentation dealt with code interpretation while the second portion featured hands-on demonstrations with a mock brick and block panel. Raleigh PE Tina Subasic made the masonry codes presentation and NCMCA’s Ryan Shaver along with Doc McGee of McGee Brothers Company and Tim Manning of Manning Masonry provided the demonstrations. Our masonry presenters fielded questions, which include over twenty inquiries pertaining to weep holes, carbon fiber, wall ties, rebar, and control and expansion joints. SCMA President James Cain was on hand for the program and said, “Thanks to all speakers as well as the SCMA and NCMCA for making this event a huge success.” The NC Building Inspectors Association will repeat the seminar during February at Aberdeen and in March at Hickory. SCMA and NCMCA researched problem issues concerning masonry with both masonry contractors and building inspectors in developing the masonry presentation. Photo by James Cain

In January, Mason Saunders (right) won the Mason Contractors Association of America (MCAA) Second Year Apprentice Contest at the World of Concrete "Masonry Madness Day" in Las Vegas. Mason is an apprentice with Huntley Brothers Company and is pictured with company co-owner Chet Huntley. Mason earned the right to represent North Carolina in the MCAA apprentice contest by winning the Annual North Carolina State Fair Masonry Apprentice Skills Contest in October 2021. No stranger to the winner’s circle, he was the National SkillsUSA High School Masonry Champion in 2018 as a student in Cody Alward's masonry class at Mount Pleasant High School and placed “Second” in the NCMCA Annual Samuel A. McGee Memorial Apprentice Skills Contest in May of 2021. Finishing in second and third place respectively for the Second Year Division was Oscar Montano, Sun Valley Masonry, Tuscon, AZ, and Kurtis Sutter, Rudolph Libbe, Inc., Grand Rapids, OH. In the First Year Division, first place went to Frank Kocjancic, Bricklayers Local 9 PA, Pittsburgh, PA.  Josh Rehme, Patrico Masonry, St. Louis, MO finished first in the Third Year Division.  Photo by Ryan Shaver

Haron McGee, tending for his brother Wriston, of McGee Brothers Company won the title of “Toughest Tender” at the January SPEC MIX Bricklayer 500 World Championship in Las Vegas at the World of Concrete.  His winning time was 17 minutes and 19 seconds.  Photo by Ryan Shaver

Each year, the Mason Contractors Association of America (MCAA) presents the C. DeWitt Brown Leadman Award “to an individual who has provided exemplary leadership in advancing the masonry industry.” Pictured, Don Foster (left,) founder of NCMCA member firm Masonry Cosmetics was recognized with the 2022 award by MCAA Chairman Paul Oldham at the Las Vegas World of Concrete MCAA membership meeting in January. MCAA photo


The team of, left to right, Thomas Johnson, Josh Martinez, Doug Burton, and Chris Mitchell are the Champions of the Raleigh Chapter’s Annual January Grand Strand “Murdell” Golf Tournament. For only the second time in Murdell Tournament history, there was a hole-in-one. Lee Amick took home the $1,905 pot that has been building since 2014. Forty-eight golfers participated. 2022 represents the thirty-third year the Raleigh Chapter has conducted their golf tournament and the twenty-second year for the multi-day Grand Strand “Murdell” event. Raleigh’s golf tournaments have raised in excess of $103,000, all dedicated to the promotion and betterment of masonry and the masonry industry. Photo by Danks Burton.  CLICK HERE FOR TOURNAMENT PHOTOS

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