Masonry Student Takes 3rd Place at Competition

Four Masonry Trades juniors recently took part in the 14th Annual Ohio High School Masonry Contest held at Scioto County Career Technical Center in Lucasville, Ohio. Omaly Velazquez, junior from Clearview, took 3rd place at the competition.

“I was nervous at first,” said Velazquez. “But then I eased up, found my focus, and got to work.”

The students had two hours to build a chimney for the competition. They were given the blueprint, brick and mortar, a competition t-shirt and immediately got to work. Velazquez shared that the students knew what they would be building at the competition ahead of time, so they had time to practice.

“Being able to practice in my lab before the actual competition really helped and I felt prepared,” Velazquez said. What also helped was his knowledge of math. “We have to know our measurements and angles. All of that plays an important role in the masonry field.”

Velazquez also used this competition as practice for the next level of his SkillsUSA Competition. He will be competing at the state competition next month.

Also competing at the 14th Annual Ohio High School Masonry Contest were Jason Mack, junior from Elyria; John Prioletti, junior from Amherst; and Levi Shawley, junior from Elyria.