Roanoke County Students win in Virginia State Fair SkillsUSA competition
VINTON–Two teams from the Masonry II and III programs at Burton Center for Arts and Technology (BCAT) traveled to the Virginia State Farm SkillsUSA masonry contest in Doswell, Virginia, on October 2, 2012. The team of Taylor Martin and Richard Goodwin took first place. Martin is a junior at Hidden Valley High School and BCAT, while Goodwin is a junior at Glenvar High School and BCAT.
The team of Josh Kingery and Aaron Hall, both seniors at William Byrd High School and BCAT, won seventh place in the contest.
The competition is sponsored by the Bricklayers and Allied Craftsman Union #1 MD-VA-DC. High school masonry programs from throughout the state send teams of 2 students to the State Fair. Teams have two hours to build a brick project of the judges’ choosing. This year the assignment was to build an eight-inch brick lead.
SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers, and industry working together to ensure that America has a skilled workforce and that individual students excel.
The students’ masonry instructor from Burton, David Baxter, traveled with them to the event.
Jason Suhr, principal of BCAT, congratulated them on their accomplishments and wished them well as they prepare to compete at the SkillsUSA Virginia State Leadership Conference and Skills Championship to be held in Roanoke on April 19 and 20, 2013.