MCEF Names October Student of the Month Winners


Recognition celebrates top-performing career and technical education students

RIDGELAND ― The Mississippi Construction Education Foundation is recognizing four top-achieving career and technical education students as its students of the month for October.

Selected from MCEF’s four districts are James Storment of Greene County Vocational Technical Center, Channing Caves of Wayne County Career and Technical Center, Ashley Clark of Winston-Louisville Career and Technical Center, and Chris Kyzar of Grenada Career and Technical Center.

Winners are chosen based on grades, attendance, discipline in class, outstanding achievements, leadership abilities, and post-graduation plans. All will compete for student of the year honors at the foundation’s annual awards program next April.

“We congratulate our student of the month winners for being such excellent representatives of high school career tech programs in Mississippi,” said Mike Barkett, MCEF president.  “We’re proud of each of them for helping ensure our state has a highly skilled workforce to support the state’s growing construction and manufacturing industries.”

Storment, a second-year welding student, is student of the month for MCEF’s southern region. Boasting a 4.0 grade point average, he earned statewide honors in MCEF’s recent SkillsUSA state competition, which drew more than 300 participants.

Storment plans to continue his welding training and become a pipe welder.

Caves, a welding student also, is being honored by as student of the month for the MCEF’s south central region. He is the recipient of the best all-around certificate in welding II, demonstrating positive leadership qualities that he uses to teach others by example.

Caves plans to attend Jones County Junior College and then a senior college before returning home to work in the family business.

Clark, a junior carpentry student, is MCEF’s student of the month from the north central region.

A member of the Beta Club at Noxapater High School, Clark serves as artist/designer for her center’s display team that is currently preparing for the district SkillsUSA competition. She is active in her high school and community, volunteering for numerous local and church projects while standing out in basketball and softball.

Clark is considering a career in graphic design or architecture.

Kyzar, a carpentry student, is MCEF’s student of the month in the north region.

Touting a perfect attendance record this school year, Kyzar demonstrates a remarkable passion for knowledge through his hands-on learning style. Active in his high school and community, he plans to attend community college and major in carpentry.

MCEF is a non-profit educational foundation that provides NCCER craft training and credentialing in more than 100 career and technical programs across the state. The foundation’s mission is to train individuals for the construction and manufacturing industries in Mississippi.

MCEF also offers workforce training and credentialing in construction, industrial maintenance and manufacturing trades. Learn more about MCEF at

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