National Masonry Contest Celebrates 50 Years with SkillsUSA Training and Development

“And the winners are . . . ” The winners of the 2014 National Masonry Contest at the 50th Anniversary SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference took stage at Kemper Arena in Kansas City, Mo. On the platform they are (l to r) third place winner Brandon S. Gain, The Williamson Free School of Mechanical Trades, Media, Pa.; second place winner Dakota Claypool, Academy of Careers and Technology, Beckley, W.Va.; first place winners Samuel McSherry, Burton Center for Arts and Technology, Salem, Va. and Daniel Furr, Mountain Pleasant High School, Mt. Pleasant, N.C.; followed by third place winner Ty Isbell, Dekalb County Technology Center, Rainsville, Ala.; and second place winner David Puga Arce, Arizona Masonry Contractors Association, Phoenix, Ariz. Flanking the winners are Masonry Technical Committee members (extreme left) Bill Kjorlien, Masonry Technical Services Manager, Argos USA Corporation and former Masonry Technical Committee Chairman; and (extreme right) Bryan Light of Brick Industry Association SE Region and chair of the Masonry Technical Committee which organized contest.

First place winners (l) Samuel McSherry, Burton Center for Arts and Technology, Salem, Va.; and (r) Daniel Furr, Mt. Pleasant High School, Mt. Pleasant, N.C. are shown backstage following their acceptance of their gold medals. Each sports a $1,500 check to his school and an engraved trowel from Marshalltown. Also shown are the array of prizes won by all six medal winners that included tools from Bon Tool, tools and engraved trowels from Marshalltown, construction calculators, boots, and various electronic devices that were donated by supportive contest sponsors. Flanking the winners are Masonry Technical Committee members and (extreme left) Bryan Light of Brick Industry Association SE Region and chair of the Masonry Technical Committee which organized contest and (extreme right) Bill Kjorlien, Masonry Technical Services Manager, Argos USA Corporation and former Masonry Technical Committee Chairman.

Following the awards ceremony, the happy competitors and sponsors gathered backstage. The medal winners of the 2014 National Masonry Contest at the 50th Anniversary SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference are (l to r) Silver Medalist Dakota Claypool, Academy of Careers & Technology, Beckley, W.Va.; Bronze Medalist Ty Isbell, Dekalb County Technology Center, Rainsville, Ala.; Gold Medalists Samuel McSherry, Burton Center for Arts & Technology, Salem, Va. and Daniel Furr, Mount Pleasant High School, Mt. Pleasant, N.C.; Silver Medalist David Puga Arce, Arizona Masonry Contractors Association, Phoenix, Ariz.; and Brandon S. Gain, The Williams Free School of Mechanical Trades, Media, Pa. Members of the Masonry Technical Committee flanked the winners: (extreme left) Bryan Light, Brick Industry Association SE Region and Chair of the Masonry Technical Committee which organized contest and (extreme right) Bill Kjorlien, Masonry Technical Services Manager, Argos USA Corporation and former Technical Committee Chair..

First place winners (l) Samuel McSherry, Burton Center for Arts and Technology, Salem, Va.; and (r) Daniel Furr, Mt. Pleasant High School, Mt. Pleasant, N.C. are shown backstage following their acceptance of their gold medals. Each sports a $1,500 check to his school and an engraved trowel from Marshalltown.

Post-secondary first place winner Daniel Furr is shown backstage following his acceptance of his gold medal. He proudly shows the $1,500 check he earned for his school and an engraved trowel from Marshalltown.

The high school / secondary winner Samuel McSherry, Burton Center for Arts and Technology, Salem, Va. is shown backstage following his acceptance of his gold medal. He proudly shows the $1,500 check he earned for his school and an engraved trowel from Marshalltown.

Mark Kemp, chairman of the board of directors of MCAA, was the luncheon keynote speaker. Kemp encouraged the young masons with a motivating talk he referred to as Struggles Effort Success.

This is the first-place (gold) winner in the post-secondary / college division.

This is the first place (gold) winner in the high school / secondary division.

This is the second place (silver) winner in the post-secondary / college division.

This is the second place (silver) winner in the high school / secondary division.

This is the third place (bronze) winner in the post-secondary / college division.

This is the third place (bronze winner in the high school / secondary division.

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