Fechino Files: Happy New Year to You!

Words: Steven Fechino

Steven Fechino

Well, I guess by now, you are thinking about getting back to work and all the items on your to-do list that you want to accomplish.  The winter weather is now upon us, and the days have begun to get longer sunlight-wise by a whopping 2 minutes and 7 seconds; I will take that over shorter any day! There are now 40 apprentices that should be excited about getting back to work after receiving their Masonry Apprentice Scholarship for 2023 in late November.  Of course, the program is a group effort by so many great industry professionals that give their time, energy, and products for the tool bag award.

I need to thank Greg Skyta; he has helped this effort the entire time, and without his hard work, the scholarship would be a mess. Keene Building Products, which Mortar Net Solutions has become their Masonry Division, has supported this effort once again as the host company, so many thanks to Jim Keene.  Our industry sponsors are the best, not only for what they do for the scholarship tool bag, but they manufacture or support the industry in the most professional and dependable ways, whether it is teaching or products.

I want to thank all of those who contributed this year: Stacey King, Alan Vespo, Roy Israeli, Andy Green, John Bongiovanni, Joe Romesburg, Morgan Agazzi, Cassie Mejia, Ryan Gray, Kirk Figan, Jake Boyer, Javier Aqui, Matt Risinger, Andy Moore, Mitch Mahler, Brad Gump, Jason Wigboldly, Keith Lolley, Sharon Mersek, and Jim Keene.  

Please follow Mortar Net Solutions on social media platforms to see upcoming posts about the students that received the scholarships. If you are a supplier and would like to participate in this effort to better the trades or if you have a worthy student, please feel free to contact me directly at sfechino@mortartnet.com.

Left to Right - Noah Harmon, Kyle Bohn, Gavin Rodgers, Nico Marsicano

Award Winning Students

InstructorApprenticeOrganization
Howard MyersGaspar MendozaWolfpack Masonry Club/ South Fort Myers High School
Ryan ShaverCooper SmithDH Conley HS
Ryan ShaverJackson SuttonDH Conley HS
Ryan ShaverAdriana MendozaDH Conley HS
Dustin LovePhillip SingletonClaiborne High School
Dustin LoveJesse SlusherClaiborne High School
Joe MathewsHaiden JonesResource Valley Construction Training
Joe MathewsJohn HayesResource Valley Construction Training
Douglas BlairCaleb HatcherHeritage High School
Marke GoodDiego Silva-CookDavid Crockett High School
Fred MasonCarlos Jose GarciaColumbus Career & College Academy
Fred MasonGaby KeyColumbus Career & College Academy
Fred MasonJayden PopeColumbus Career & College Academy
Fred MasonAidyn MerryColumbus Career & College Academy
Fred CampbellCarlos Jose GarciaCreative Masonry
Fred CampbellDezmond David DixonCreative Masonry
Fred CampbellAlexis DiazCreative Masonry
Mike CampanelliKyle BohnCarroll County Public School
Mike CampanelliNico MarsicanoCarroll County Public School
Mike CampanelliNoah HarmonCarroll County Public School
Mike CampanelliGavin RodgersCarroll County Public School
Kenny AllenJo'Darius HamiltonWallace Community College Selma
Kenny AllenBrandon SheltonWallace Community College Selma
Kenny AllenDrel'keria NettlesWallace Community College Selma
Kenny AllenJaden HardyWallace Community College Selma
Kenny AllenTay'shawn MartinWallace Community College Selma
David BaxterKaidin ColburnBurton Center for Arts and Technology
David BaxterJaden CampbellBurton Center for Arts and Technology
Maria MarquezCelestino MarquezUMCA Apprentice School
Maria MarquezMario MonroyUMCA Apprentice School
Lino BertoliDalton DraperJ&J Interiors
Lino BertoliMaurice WilsonJ&J Interiors
David BaxterDeion TaylorBurton Center for Arts & Technology
Scott PritchettRoman TovstyiSnow Jr. &King
Scott PritchettOgor BuhakSnow Jr. &King
Scott PritchettYaroslav YakoulyevSnow Jr. &King
Cassie MejiaJose MoralesWestern Maricopa Education Center
Cassie MejiaPaul FloresWestern Maricopa Education Center
Curtis HooverKaya PullinsC C Hoover Inc.
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