Training News

Local 9 Pennsylvania Honors Apprentice Excellence

Journal: November - June 2000

Local 9 Pennsylvania and the Masonry Contractors Association of Western Pennsylvania co-hosted their Apprentice Contest in late April at the Monroeville Mall in Monroeville, PA. More than 30 craftworkers competed in two apprentice-level categories—1st/2nd year and 3rd/4th year. Apprentices were given two and one-half hours to construct a masonry pier ranging in size and difficulty. Contest judges included retired members from all of Local 9’s Chapters. Local 9 President David (Bucky) Donkin, Sr. and Apprentice Coordinator Ed Frieze presented awards to the following apprentices:

1st and 2nd Year Apprentices:
1st Place: Neil Bonzo
2nd Place: Jim Desmond, Jr.
3rd Place: Rafaele Russano

3rd and 4th Year Apprentices:
1st Place: Joshua Frank
2nd Place: Del Main
3rd Place: Mike Frey

Neil Bonzo took top honors among Local 9 PA's competing first and second-year apprentices.

Taking first place in the third and fourth-year category is Local 9 PA apprentice Joshua Frank, right, shown here with Local 9 Apprentice Coordinator Ed Frieze.


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