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  • PATRICK'S PEOPLE: Drew Tersinar has skills

  • Drew Tersinar has placed second in the masonry category at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference, held June 23-27 in Kansas City.

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  • Drew Tersinar has placed second in the masonry category at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference, held June 23-27 in Kansas City.
    A Girard High School graduate, he earned a masonry certificate through the Fort Scott Community College construction trades program and competed in the post-secondary division.
    More than 5,500 students from every state and three territories competed in 94 contests in technical, skilled and service occupations. Those competing qualified for nationals by winning at a state contest.
    Tersinar and fellow FSCC student Syd Stokes won at the state SkillsUSA masonry competition, held at the Pittsburg Construction Trades Building, 1301 E.  27th, FSCC satellite campus.
    The skills competition was held Tuesday, and Tersinar said that he and the others had to build a project.
    “There was block and brick in it, and they gave us a blueprint the day before so we could study it,” he said. “We had eight hours Tuesday to complete it, with 30 minutes for lunch. That first hour I was shaking and didn’t think I knew what I was doing.”
    But he calmed down and completed the project in 7 1/2 hours.
    “I spent the last 30 minutes cleaning it up and making it look nice,” Tersinar said.
    Winners were announced during an awards ceremony on Wednesday.
    “I was pretty shocked when I heard my name,” he said. “I didn’t think I’d done that good.”
    Gold medal winner in masonry college/postsecondary was Jordan Hartsell of Concord, N.C.
    “I’m thinking that this might be the same guy Drew competed against in the World of Concrete last year in Las Vegas,” said Nacoma Oehme, FSCC head masonry instructor. “He won fourth there, and he’s come this far since.”
    For his win, Tersinar received a medal and an assortment of tools.
    Tersinar, son of John and Lori Tersinar, gives credit to the education he’s received in the FSCC construction trades program for helping him develop his skills.
    “I’d say this college helped a lot,” he said.
    Oehme said he was honored by Tersinar’s win, and added that Syd Stokes had also been a good competitor at nationals.
    Tersinar has a job lined up with Adam Lusker Masonry, and looks forward to helping build southeast Kansas.
    “One of these days Drew might be building schools and he’ll take a lot of pride in his work,” Oehme said. “That will mean a lot to the students who go there and their parents.”
    For that matter, he might build homes, churches, hospitals and businesses.
    “He’s going to work hard, but he’ll make a good living and a life,” Oehme said.
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