Tomberlin wins at the Fair
Sixteen-year-old Chaz Tomberlin named Champion
By Lynn Nash
Contest Chairman Calvin Brodie and Contest Head Judge Doug Burton have announced that Sixteen-year-old Chaz Tomberlin, an apprentice with McGee Brothers Company in Monroe since only
February, is the Champion of the 62nd Annual NC Department of Commerce State Fair Masonry Apprentice Skills Contest.
Other top finishers: Hayden McGee, Second Place, McGee Brothers Company; Justin York, Third Place, Huntley Brothers; Kaleb McGee, Fourth Place, McGee Brothers; Swede Huntley, Fifth Place, Huntley Brothers Company. Results for the high school/pre-apprentice division: First Place, Colson Childers, South Rowan High School; Second Place, Jarrett Ennis, Central Cabarrus High School; and Third Place, Eli Brady, Eastern Randolph High School.
Sixteen high school masonry students from nine high schools and twelve apprentices from five masonry contracting firms participated in Raleigh October 19th.
The new apprentice champion is the son of Greg and Aretha Tomberlin of Monroe and is a homeschooled, recent graduate of Penn Foster High School. His supervisor at McGee Brothers is Marty Munn and his foreman is Trevin Munn.
Chaz will be 17 in February and has two sisters and a brother. He says, “ I love deer and turkey hunting, anything to do with outside. My plans are to run a crew for McGee Bros one day. I had such an awesome time at the contest. It was a blast! I’m looking forward to more in the future!” Chaz credits his dad. “ If it wasn’t for my dad, I probably wouldn’t be into masonry at all. He ran a crew at McGee Brothers for about twenty years and he helped me a lot preparing for the contest. He has worked with me since I was about seven.” He credits another important influence in his life. “I also would like to think Uncle Sam McGee for his masonry class that he provided for all of us Shiloh Vocational students to go through. He taught us so much about brick work and facts about life that have really helped us down the road of life. I hate he wasn’t there to see me win. I know he would have been so proud of all of us! Uncle Sam will be greatly missed.”
The contest award ceremony included a minute of silence in memory of Sam McGee who had always been a regular fixture at all masonry apprentice competitions until his passing in September.
NCMCA members firms provided materials, equipment, volunteers, judges and more than $6,000 in financial contributions for the event.
About the Author
Lynn Nash is the Executive Vice President for the North Carolina Masonry Contractors Association.