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Bradley Wright Wins National Title

Student takes top honors in masonry competition

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Bradley Wright took home top honors in masonry work in the Postsecondary/College Division at the SkillsUSA competition.
Bradley Wright took home top honors in masonry work in the Postsecondary/College Division at the SkillsUSA competition.

Bradley Wright, a student at Wallace Community College Selma, took home top honors in masonry work in the Postsecondary/College Division at the SkillsUSA competition. The 45th Annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference was held in Kansas City, Mo. June 21-26, 2009.

Wright, a 19 year old Pisgah High School graduate, said that he first became interested in masonry after attending an open house at Earnest Pruett Center of Technology. After graduating from high school, Wright wanted to continue his education, but since there were no masonry programs in the area, Wright decided to move to Selma to attend Wallace Community College. “I looked into the other programs and WCCS clearly had the best in the state,” said Wright.

Every week he drives from northeast Alabama to Selma to attend school and he lives in his RV. “The fact that this young man moved 175 miles away from home and lives in his RV just to further his education and his craft is a testimony in itself,” said Kenny Allen, WCCS masonry instructor.

“He is by far the best student I’ve ever had,” said Allen. “He has a gift and he’s a fierce competitor.”


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Governed by the State Board of Education, the Alabama Community College System consists of 22 comprehensive community colleges and four technical colleges; Athens State University; and extensive workforce development initiatives, including the Alabama Industrial Development Training Institute and the Alabama Technology Network. More information can be found at www.accs.cc.

 

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