Annual contest challenges Bricklayer apprentices

Ben Wall, a 90 percent apprentice, took first place, and will represent Bricklayers Local 1 at regionals in bricklaying.

Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Local 1 held its annual apprenticeship contest April 1 at its training center in Northeast Portland.

Micah Edwards, an 80 percent apprentice, finished second.

Seven apprentices participated for the chance to advance to the Western States regional finals May 20  in Tracy, California.

Representing Local 1 at regionals in bricklaying will be Ben Wall, a 90 percent apprentice who took first place, and Micah Edwards, an 80 percent apprentice, who finished second. Zach Welch finished third and will be an alternate. Josh Graham, a 90 percent apprentice, will represent Local 1 in the marble competition. He was the lone competitor and advanced automatically.

Apprenticeship Coordinator Shawn Lenczowksi said the competition requires apprentices to build a project from a blueprint in five hours. The project is then judged for quality.

60 percent apprentice Kirstie Reeves.