BAC apprentices are the life-blood of our Union, and 82 of the best went head to toe this year competing in eight BAC trades. The 2015 International Apprentice Contest, sponsored by BAC and the International Masonry Institute, brought local and regional winners from across the U.S. and Canada together in stiff competition at the John J. Flynn BAC/IMI International Training Center in Bowie, MD.
Apprentices in brick, tile, stone, marble, terrazzo, cement, plaster, and PCC/restoration competed on the main floor of the 61,000 square-foot, two-story open bay training center. Under the watchful eyes of spectators and judges who are masters of their crafts, apprentices concentrated body, mind, and soul to prove their excellence in recently acquired skills and knowledge of their respective trades.
To make the grade, competitors are required to demonstrate superior mastery in both hands-on and theoretical skills. Written tests challenge their understanding of safety, craft-specific learning, trade math, and labor history.
Two days of tough competition and growing friendship culminated Saturday night, September 12, at an awards dinner at the Baltimore Hilton. A proud and fraternal crowd of 500-plus Union members, industry partners and apprentices and their family members rose from their seats to applaud and call out to the 24 winners who placed first, second, and third in their respective crafts.
Winners shared pride of accomplishment, deep comradeship, and awe in the enthusiastic support and fraternity of Union members who cheered them to the banquet hall rafters.
1st place: Zachary Zuidema, Local 21 Illinois
2nd place: Tony Serstad, Local 34 Wisconsin
3rd place: Drew Allan Tersinar, Local 15 Missouri/Kansas/Nebraska
1st place: Brandon John Peterson, Local 1 Minnesota/North Dakota
2nd place: Zach Combs, Local 4 Indiana/Kentucky
3rd place: Cody McGraw, Local 21 Illinois
1st place: Graham Arthur Lovelien, Local 19 Wisconsin
2nd place: Mason Cantamessa, Local 5 New York
3rd place: Kurt Kazik, Local 3 Wisconsin
1st place: James Michael Cerda, Local 4 California
2nd place: Victor Hernandez, Local 1 Maryland/Virginia/DC
3rd place: Joseph Famighetti, Local 7 New York/New Jersey
1st place: Chase Owens, Local 6 Ohio
2nd place: Artur Wilk, Local 21 Ilinois
3rd place: Alexander Latanza, Local 18 Ohio
1st place: Efren Beltran, Local 56 Ilinois
2nd place: José Maldonado, Local 1 New York
3rd place: Stanley Slawnikowski, Local 56 Illinois
1st place: Filipe Pinto DeMadureira, Local 1 Maryland/Virginia/DC
2nd place: Zachary Zander, Local 8 Wisconsin
3rd place: Matthew Burt, Local 9 Wisconsin
1st place: Felipe Pineda, Local 7 New York/New Jersey
2nd place: Kevin Marcum, Local 4 Indiana/Kentucky
3rd place: Timothy Pietrowski, Local 3 New York