MCEF Names November 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 November.

Selected from MCEF’s four districts are Rufus Bush of Indianola Career and Technical Center, Ethan Davis of Alcorn Career and Technology Center, Kayelin Seymour of Jackson County Technology Center, and Casey Yelverton of Jones County Career and Technical Education 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 May.

“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.”

Bush, a metal fabrication student, is student of the month for the state’s north central region. Boasting a near-perfect grade point average, he excels in program safety, mathematical concepts and calculations, blueprint symbols and interpretations.

Bush plans to study theoretical physics at Harvard University.

Davis, a carpentry student, is being honored as student of the month for the state’s northern region. As a standout in state and national craft competitions, Davis was the 2016 Skills USA regional and state champion in the masonry career development event and the state’s representative at the national conference last summer.

Davis plans to attend Northeast Mississippi Community College.

Seymour, a welding student at the Jackson County Technology Center, is student of the month for the state’s southern region. Exhibiting a passion for career and technical education courses, she works to involve others in her school’s Skills USA student organization while excelling in local and state welding competitions.

Seymour plans to attend Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College and then a senior college in pursuit of her dream to open a National Motor Cross Track in her community.

Yelverton, a welding student, is being honored as student of the month for the state’s south central region. Boasting an impressive grade point average and a near-perfect attendance record, he is a member of Skills USA and stands as the top welder in his class.

Yelverton plans to attend Jones County Junior College and enroll in a career and technical education program.

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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