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Students Participate in Masonry Skills Competition

Tyler Wilfong, masonry trades senior (Wellington) during the competitionJunior and senior students in the Lorain County JVS Masonry Trades program participated in the Ohio-Kentucky Administrative District Council of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers 9th Annual Holiday Masonry Skills Competition on Thursday, December 7th.

The competition was held at the newly built Northern Ohio Regional Training Center in Amherst, Ohio. Twenty five competitors, 14 juniors and 11 seniors from seven school districts competed.

Each student was given a blueprint that showed a brick and block project that had to be built in three hours. Bricklayers and advisory members were on hand to judge the projects based on correct design, level, plumb, square, tooling neatness and workmanship.

Ken Kudela, Director of the Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers and 1980 graduate of the Lorain County JVS Masonry Trades program, shared how he got the idea to start this competition nine years ago. “When I was learning at JVS and started competing, the first competition we went to was the state competition to qualify for nationals. I was nervous and didn’t know what to expect. So when I got this current position and started running the training center, I thought why don’t we start a competition locally to help the kids get some experience in competing before they have to go to that next level.”

JVS masonry trades juniors Jaren O’Conner (Elyria) and William Hawksley (Brookside) both shared how their Masonry Trades Instructor, David Rudisill got them prepared for the competition. “The work we do in our lab and all the time we had to practice really prepared me for today’s competition,” shared O’Conner.