NC students sweep national SkillsUSA masonry competition

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Mason Saunders of Mount Pleasant High School and Ashton White representing West Rowan High School won the post-secondary division won the high school event.

North Carolina had a sweep at the national SkillsUSA masonry competition in June in Louisville KY, winning both the secondary and post-secondary contests.

Ashton White representing West Rowan High School won the post-secondary division, one of the first women to win a national SkillsUSA masonry event, reports Ryan Shaver
workforce development and training coordinator for the North Carolina Masonry Contractors Association (NCMCA).

Mason Saunders of Mount Pleasant High School won the high school event.

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The final stages of the SillsUSA masonry competition

With Ashton and Mason’s wins, North Carolina’s SkillsUSA Masonry medal count
now stands 36 Gold, 15 Silver, and two Bronze.

Among attendees at the SkillsUSA National Conference were Shaver, who serves as national chairman for the masonry contest, NCMCA president Kent Huntley, Metrolina Chapter vice-president Greg Huntley, West Rowan High School masonry instructor Rodney Harrington, Mount Pleasant High School masonry instructor Cody Alward, Daniel Furr of Carolina Stalite, and Todd Hartsell of Central Cabarrus High School, who serves as masonry expert for the USA WorldSkills masonry team.

Christadore Cole of Connecticut finished in second and Rains Cole of Arizona finished third in the secondary division. Dean Bryce of Pennsylvania finished in second and Jake Freeman of Alabama finished third in the post-secondary division.

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