(Algonquin, Ill.) Feb. 13, 2013 – The fourteenth annual Masonry Skills Challenge, held February 6, 2013 during the 2013 MCAA Convention at the World of Concrete/World of Masonry in Las Vegas, showed off the best apprentices our industry has to offer.

The Masonry Skills Challenge is a competition of masonry apprentices in first, second and third year skill levels. The contest is a showcase for skills training in the masonry industry, challenging winning apprentices from regional U.S. and foreign competitions to determine the top masonry apprentice at each level. This exciting competition spotlights our industry’s finest young masons and focuses attention on careers in the masonry industry.

Each contestant was presented with a project drawing appropriate to their skill level just moments before the competition began. Contestants only had three hours to construct the project based on the materials provided. The final projects looked great; the apprentices should be very proud of their three hours of hard work. The judges were impressed with the quality of the apprentices’ construction, and had the tough decision of choosing the winners.

The top-placing contestants for each skill level were:


First Place
Jeffrey Price
Mike Coates Construction
Niles, Ohio

Second Place
Erick Reynoso
E & S Masonry Corporation
Castro Valley, Calif.

Third Place
Mark Karhoff
Fort Scott Community College
Fort Scott, Kan.


First Place
Jeremiah Holland
Mosser Construction, Inc.
Fremont, Ohio

Second Place
Nick Prater
John Jackson Masonry
Sacramento, Calif.

Third Place
Arron Micheilas
New Dimension Masonry, Inc.
San Diego, Calif.


First Place
Noah Spray
Central Masonry, Inc.
Huntington, W.Va.

Second Place
Wriston McGee
McGee Brothers, Inc.
Monroe, N.C.

Third Place
Justin Johnson
Knoxville, Tenn.

All winners received trophies, cash prizes, Marshalltown Company tool bags and tools, concrete calculators from Calculated Industries, and levels from Johnson Level. First place winners also received engraved trowels from Marshalltown Company. All contestants received Grout Grunt scoops and shirts, EZ Twig mason line twigs from Linovation Corporation, and additional prizes.