Luis Marquez wins masonry apprentice skills contest

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Luis Marquez, an apprentice with Huntley Brothers Company in Monroe is the winner of the 2016 David R. Sigmon Award for his first place finish in the Annual North Carolina Masonry Contractors Association (NCMCA) Samuel A. McGee Memorial Masonry Apprentice Skills Contest, newly named in memory of Sam, who passed away in September of 2015, North Carolina Masonry News reports.

Thirty-four apprentices from six NCMCA member firms competed for cash and tool prizes in May at Carolina Stalite’s Ben Ketchie Park in Gold Hill. The 2016 contest was co-hosted by Johnson Concrete Company and the NCMCA Metrolina Chapter.

Finishing second to tenth place respectively, Grayson McGee, second place and Hayden McGee, third place, McGee Brothers Company; Janson Huntley, fourth place and Clay Watson, fifth place, Huntley Brothers Company; Connor Hallman, sixth place, McGee Brothers; Elias Mayen, seventh place, Koontz Masonry; Swede Huntley, eighth place, Huntley Brothers; and Kaleb McGee, ninth place and Aaron Dutton tenth place, McGee Brothers. Greyson

McGee has finished “second” for two years in a row. Marquez finished “fourth” in both the 2015 and 2014 contest.

Photo caption (from NCMCA News): Luis Marquez (in black)  with Huntley Brothers Company, accepts the David R. Sigmon Award for his First Place Finish in the May 21st NCMCA Samuel A. McGee Masonry Apprentice Skills Contest from contest chairman (and his boss) Kent Huntley. On the right, Sam McGee’s granddaughter, Katina Little, helps hold the new Sam McGee Contest banner. Photograph by Judy Johnson.

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