MCEF to Honor Outstanding Students at Awards Day Luncheon on May 6

Regional career and technical education standouts compete for state’s top honors


RIDGELAND ― Twenty-one of the state’s top-performing career and technical education students will vie for top honors at an annual celebration sponsored by the Mississippi Construction Education Foundation on May 6.

Slated for 11:30 a.m. at Pearl’s Holiday Inn, the event will recognize finalists comprised of MCEF’s students of the month for 2015-16. Also being honored during the luncheon will be winners of the MCEF and Mississippi State Board of Contractors scholarship program and the MCEF State Craft Competition.

The mission of the non-profit MCEF is to promote careers, recruit capable individuals and train a quality workforce for the construction industry in the state of Mississippi. MCEF also offers workforce training and credentialing in construction, industrial maintenance and manufacturing trades.

“Our annual awards day is an opportunity to recognize Mississippi’s best and brightest students and to honor the hard work and dedication they’ve demonstrated in preparing for their futures,” said Mike Barkett, MCEF president.  “These outstanding students are helping ensure that Mississippi has a highly skilled workforce to support the state’s growing construction and manufacturing industries.”

MCEF’s Student of the Month program honors students who are excelling in high school career tech programs throughout Mississippi. During the luncheon, 21 monthly winners representing

MCEF’s north, central and south districts will be recognized. From those finalists, three students of the year, including one from each district, will be announced and awarded $500 cash prizes.

Instructor nominations for student of the month are based on grades, attendance, class discipline, outstanding achievements, leadership abilities and post-graduation plans. A committee selects monthly and yearly award recipients.

Student of the year finalists from the north district are Weston Roberson, Tippah Career and Technical Center; John Ethan Sharp, Amory Career and Technical Center; Antwonisha Taylor, Joe Barnes Career and Technical Center; Rhylan Morgan, Desoto County Career and Technical Center; James Allen Bennett, Amory Career and Technical Center; Angel Segura, Tupelo Lee County Career and Technical Center; and Kyler Moore, West Lowndes High School.

Central district finalists are Logan Toney, Pearl/Rankin Career and Technical Center; Mallory Freeman, Clinton Career Complex; Brandon Gray, Ross Collins Career and Technical Center; Brody Burchfield, Winston-Louisville Career and Technical Center; Micah Macoy, Simpson County Technical Center; Jacques Bragg, Winston-Louisville Career and Technical Center; and Nicholas Journigan, Larry Summers Vo-Tech Center.

South district finalists are Garron Bogle, Marion County – Carl Loftin Career and Technical Center; Justin Ray Perry, Jones County Career and Technical Center; Clarence Kennedy, Hancock County Career and Technical Center; Zain Statham, Dennis W. Fortenberry Career Center; Jashawn Baxter, George County High School Career and Technical Center; Madison Polk, Hattiesburg High School; and Jonathan Burnett, Greene County Vo-Tech.

MCEF also will award $500 scholarships to winners of the MCEF and Mississippi State Board of Contractors scholarship program and award cash prizes to winners of the MCEF State Craft Competition. In addition, MCEF will recognize 2015 State Craft Competition winners who competed in the 2016 National Craft Championship in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

More awards day information is available by calling 601-605-2989 or emailing cindy@mcef.net. Learn more about MCEF at http://mcef.net.

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