The winners of the 49th  annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference and the National Masonry Contest were reported two weeks ago in Kansas City, Mo.

The 2013 winner of the post secondary / college competition was Brent Austin, 20, from Central Cabarrus High School in Concord, N.C.  Austin’s instructor is Todd Hartsell.  The 2013 winner of the secondary / high school competition was Andrew Mullis, 18, from South Rowan High School in China Grove, N.C.  Mullis’ instructor is Rodney Harrison.

Each first-place winner received a $1,500 scholarship check from Spec Mix.  All six medal winners won tools, engraved trowels, boots, computers and digital cameras – all donated by supportive contest sponsors.

The top finishers were:

Post Secondary Competition

First Place:       Brent Austin, 20, Central Cabarrus High School, Concord, N.C.

Second Place: Travis Moore, 22, Pearl River Community College,                         Poplarville, Miss.

Third Place:      Mark Karhoff, 47, Fort Scott Community College, Fort Scott, Kans.

Secondary Competition (High School)

First Place:       Andrew Mullis, 18, South Rowan High School, China Grove, N.C.

Second Place: Steven Quimby, 18, Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School, Haverhill, Mass.

Third Place:    Chase Smith, 18, West Nassau High School, Callahan, Fla.