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Making the Grade

   
National Masonry Competition
Medal winners included: (front row, l to r) Joshua Moser, Dallas Caudle and Jerry Miller; and (second row, l to r) Paul Shuey, Josh Morrison and Fidencio Suarez. Also pictured are: (third row, l to r) Billy Madkins and Todd Larsen, members of the National Education Team; Brian Light, Chairman of the Technical Committee and Director of the Southern Brick Institute; and Al Herndon, Florida Masonry Apprentice and Educational Foundation.
Vocational students from North Carolina won both divisions of the National Masonry Competition, held in conjunction with the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference, in Kansas City, Mo., June 22-24. This was the 41st year of the masonry competitions.

The 2005 winner of the post-secondary competition was Josh Morrison, 19, from Central Cabarrus High School in Concord, N.C. The 2005 winner of the high school competition was Dallas Caudle, 18, also from Central Cabarrus High School. Caudle placed second in the high school competition last year. Todd B. Hartsell instructs both students.

Student interest in masonry vocation training continues to be strong. This year, 54 high school and post-secondary contestants from 37 states and the Virgin Islands, all winners of their own prospective state or regional event, competed in the two classes.

The national contest consists of a written test and the construction of a brick and block composite project. Trade professionals from the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftsmen Local #15 and selected vocational instructors judged the projects.


National Masonry Competition
This year, 54 high school and post-secondary contestants from 37 states and the Virgin Islands competed in two classes of competition.
Technical Committee Chairman Bryan Light of the Southern Brick Institute says, "I am pleased to report that industry support for this annual trade competition was greater than ever before."

Again this year, Light gave special recognition to his education team, a group of instructors who assist in the set-up, carrying out the contest, and judging. "Billy Madkins, Todd Larsen and Jack Wentz literally spent the week here with me," Light says. "We couldn't have done it without them."

The 54 contestants were supported in their efforts by donations of materials from SPEC MIX, Inc., Acme Brick Company and Midwest Block & Brick, Inc. SPEC MIX salesmen from around the country were "slingin' mud" throughout the day in support of the aspiring masons.

The Masonry Technical Committee's sustaining members and sponsors of the contest included the Mason Contractors Association of America, Bon Tool Co., Brick Industry Association, Brick Southeast, Hanley-Wood, Marshalltown Trowel Co., National Concrete Masonry Association, Portland Cement Association and SPEC MIX. Prize sponsors also included Crick Levels.

Other highlights of the three-day gathering included a field trip to a local block plant. This was followed by a luncheon in honor of the contestants and their instructors. At the luncheon, Butch Wyatt, of Masonry Affiliates Southeast, pointed out the value of working in a trade "where you work anywhere and have the satisfaction of seeing a visible representation of your work last for years and years."

   
National Masonry Competition
Having completed his composite project in less than the allotted time, Paul Shuey of Hegins, Pa., surveys the competition.
During the SkillsUSA event, more than 4,700 outstanding vocational students, all state champions, competed in more than 80 different trade, technical and leadership competitions. The contestants effectively demonstrated their expertise in the occupational skills required for such trades as electronics, technical drafting, precision machining, carpentry and — of course — masonry.

The SkillsUSA organization represents 280,000 students and 14,000 teachers in the 50 states, Puerto Rico, Guam and the Virgin Islands. The event will be held in Kansas City through 2014.

To learn more about the Masonry Technical Committee, contact Bryan Light at (770) 760-0728. To learn more about SkillsUSA, go to www.SkillsUSA.com.


Josh Morrison, Central Cabarrus High School, Concord, N.C.

Fidencio Suarez, PTEC St. Petersburg campus, St. Petersburg, Fla.

Paul Shuey, Williamson Free School of Mechanical Trades, Hegins, Pa.

Dallas Caudle, Central Cabarrus High School, Concord, N.C.

Jerry Miller, Earnest Pruett Center of Technology, Hollywood, Ala.

Joshua Moser, Maplewood Career Center, Ravenna, Ohio

41st Annual National Brick
Masonry Contest Winners


First Place: Josh Morrison, 19, Central Cabarrus High School, Concord, N.C.

Second Place: Fidencio Suarez, 24, PTEC St. Petersburg Campus, St. Petersburg, Fla.

Third Place: Paul Shuey, 21, The Williamson Free School of Mechanical Trades, Media, Pa.


First Place: Dallas Caudle, 18, Central Cabarrus High School, Concord, N.C.

Second Place: Jerry Miller, 18, Earnest Pruett Center of Technology, Hollywood, Ala.

Third Place: Joshua Moser, 17, Maplewood Career Center, Ravenna, Ohio







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