SkillsUSA Contest Planning
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Land of the Sky Chapter Fall Protection Workshop
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American Cable & Rigging Supply and Adams/Oldcastle hosted the Land of the Sky Chapter for dinner and a “Fall Protection Awareness” workshop at the end of November. Rick Lopez of SafeWaze demonstrated fall protection equipment and proper usage with about thirty-two in attendance at American Cable’s Mills River facility. Participants received an OSHA-required certificate of a completion wallet card. Pictured left to right, Lopez, NCMCA Western Regional Vice President Don Caldwell, and Christian Rogers of Michael J. Rogers Masonry.
Stalite Hosts SPEC MIX Carolina Qualifier
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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.
Third Annual Masonry Education Day
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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 Visits Columbus Career & College Academy
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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.
2018 Metrolina Recognition Night
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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
Sigmon Design Competition 2018 at ASU
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