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  • PATRICK'S PEOPLE: 2 from FSCC advance in SkillsUSA masonry

  • Fort Scott Community College Construction Trades facility in Pittsburg hosted the Kansas State Skills/USA Championships in masonry on  April 5.

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  • Fort Scott Community College Construction Trades facility in Pittsburg hosted the Kansas State Skills/USA Championships in masonry on  April 5.
    When the top winners in each competition category were announced April 26 in Wichita, FSCC masonry instructor Nacoma Oehme had some happy students.
    “They did good,” Oehme said. “Mark Karhoff, Girard, placed first in the post-secondary division, and Austin Mays, Pittsburg High School, was first in the secondary division.”
    In addition to that, Keagan Yoakam, PHS, placed second in post-secondary and Matthew Cook, PHS, was third.
    Oehme said that nine students from  FSCC and Beloit took part in the masonry state competition.
    Karhoff and Mays have earned themselves the opportunity to participate in the National Skills/USA competition, scheduled in June at Kansas City, Mo.
    In February, Karhoff placed third in the first-year apprentice contest at the 14th annual Masonry Skills Challenge, held during the 2013 Mason Contractors Association of America Convention at the World of Concrete/World of Masonry in Las Vegas. His high score at a local challenge in October made him eligible to participate in the Las Vegas competition.
    He and his wife,  Katy, have four children, Levi, Rylee, Layne and Kaila.
    Mays has  worked as a laborer for Next Generation Masonry.
    Skills/USA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry representatives working together to ensure that America has a skilled work force. The association emphasizes total quality at work, high ethical standards, superior work skills, lifelong education and pride in the dignity of work.
    Anyone needing additional information about the FSCC masonry program should contact Nacoma Oehme or Judy Meister at 620-232-5644.
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