by Al Herndon, FMAEF
On April 25, 2017 in Lakeland at the Florida Skills State Conference, Olivia Bruening, a Senior at RiverOak Technical College in Live Oak Florida, won 1stplace in the Masonry Contest. Olivia competed with 14 of the best Secondary masonry students in Florida she won 1stPlace and will represent Florida at Skills USA In Louisville on June 22nd.
Olivia has been competing in the FMAEF Masonry Showcase in Starke Florida for the last two years. In February, Olivia was part of the RiverOak Technical College Masonry Team that finished 3rdout of 7 schools competing. Olivia scored the highest points for her team and advanced to the Florida Skills State Masonry Contest. Olivia has outstanding masonry skills and she has been recognized by her school and the School Board, as well as the Masonry Industry in Florida, for her hard work in masonry.