Apprentices Show Their Skills
On March 15th, the fourth annual International Masonry Skills Challenge took place inside the Tampa Convention Center during the Masonry Showcase Exhibition. Twenty-two apprentices from the U.S. and Canada showed off their capabilities for three hours of intensive work constructing a project appropriate to their skill level.
After close scrutiny by the panel of judges using ten different criteria including plumb, level, square and range, and measurements, the winners were announced by the Chairman of the event, Don Attfield (Canadian Masonry Contractors Association, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada), for first-, second- and third-year apprentice skill levels.
The winners were:
1st year apprentices
Darryl McNeil, E.G.S. Inc., Md.
John Nero, Frank Brown and Sons Masonry, Ohio
Cruz Cervantes, Bickey Construction, Fla.
2nd year apprentices
Steve Koontz, Crest Masonry, Ohio
Kevin Willis, L.F. Jennings, Va.
Luke Balsingh, Masonry Builders, Fla.
3rd year apprentices
Chris Sutherland, Red Brookshire of Florida, Fla.
Chris Coljohn, Medhurst Mason Contractors, Inc., Ohio
Ryan Winkler, Canadian Mason Contractors Association, Ontario
The event was made possible by donations of materials and prizes from:
For more information about the competition, contact Melissa Polivka, MCAA Director of Workforce Development, at (800) 536-2225 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Author
Melissa Polivka spent time as the Director of Marketing, Director of Membership, and Director of Workforce Development for the Mason Contractors Association of America.