Juan Mejia Martinez, Gates Construction Co., Mooresville, is the 2007 North Carolina Masonry Contractors Association apprentice skills contest champion. He bested 40 other apprentices from 14 NCMCA member firms.

Contestants were given two hours to complete a predetermined project later scored for plumb, level, square and range, measurement, correct design, manipulation, tooling and neatness, full joints, and production.

Participating in the awards ceremony were (from left) NCMCA President Wayne Starr, Contest Chairman Gary Manning, and Martinez.