"Mike Grafton was a great student," reports instructor Joe Luchtenburg. "He graduated with perfect attendance and a perfect 4.0 grade point average. Just as important, Mike was a model student who had a great desire to learn and to retain all the information he was taught."

Grafton is just as generous in his praise for his instructor. "Mr. Luchtenburg most definitely teaches masonry with great passion. He makes it great to learn," says Grafton.

Luchtenburg, whose students have won four consecutive state masonry contests, counters with a positive prediction. "Michael Grafton is a very hard worker that any masonry contractor would love to have as an employee. He will have a future filled with success."

Grafton's honors include placement on the Dean's list for two semesters at Kirkwood Community College and his first place award in the Iowa State SkillsUSA Masonry Contest.

Grafton started in masonry when he realized that it was always a personal interest. "I have always loved the way masonry looked, and it will be seen by all," Grafton recalls.

During his technical training at Kirkwood Community College, Grafton worked at Monroe Tile in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

When he is not laying brick and block, Grafton says he likes spending time with his children and playing disk golf!

Grafton is an apprentice mason and a member of Union Local 3, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.