More than 1,500 of Nebraska’s brightest young minds participated in the SkillsUSA Nebraska Conference at the Heartland Events Center-Fonner Park complex. High school students competed in more than 100 areas of career and technical education including a masonry division that was helped in part by Kearney Crete & Block and Christensen Concrete Products Company.
Judges in the masonry division were Grant Olson of Kearney Crete & Block, Jim Johnson of Summit Masonry, and Dustin Hasselmann of GH Construction. Scot Krosschell (Kearney Crete & Block), Bob Landers (Christensen Concrete Products), Jason Veggeberg (Christensen Concrete Products), McHale Armstrong (Kearney Crete & Block), David Alvarado (Kearney Crete & Block), and Eddie Cervantes (Kearney Crete & Block) handled the set up and tear down of the event and also helped with mixing the mortar to keep the students supplied with material throughout the competition. Christy Fizgerald (Kearney Crete & Block) attended the event as a representative of the Nebraska Masonry Association.
The 2018 competition doubled the number of students competing in the masonry competition compared to 2017.
High School Division: Sachi Baeta, The Career Academy- Lincoln Southwest High School
College Division: Evan Horak, UNL