Luo; Louisville Earn Statewide Honors in MCEF Video Contest

Competition encourages greater understanding of career and technical fields


RIDGELAND, Miss. – Michelle Luo, a sophomore at New Albany High School, is the statewide winner in the first-ever #MCEFWorks video contest.

Sponsored by the Mississippi Construction Education Foundation, the competition invited Mississippi students in grades 7-12 to make short videos highlighting the many ways that construction and manufacturing education programs are helping students achieve their dreams.

Luo, a journalism student, discovered the contest online and approached her journalism teacher, LeeAnn Thompson, and construction instructor, Rick Robbins, about entering. Her winning video, “Prep for the Real World,” features Robbins as the narrator along with cast members Zak Cox, Les Darling and K. C. Cato.

Earning second place honors are members of the Winston-Louisville Career and Technology Center welding class.

Led by welding instructor Shane McDaniel, the team’s winning video, “The Future of Mississippi,” features producer Clark Sullivan, Drew Fulcher, Christian Fulcher, Charner Estes, Dickey Hunt, Markevious Vaughn, Clayton Rigdon, Payson Roberts, Chanley McDaniel, Haley Smith, Romance Perry, Dangelo Robertson, Kyle Jones and Dianna Richardson.

Both entries employed a creative blend of humor and work demonstrations to show how success is being redefined for more than 5,000 career and technical education students across Mississippi.

For their work, students are being awarded cash prizes and a set of sporty new #MCEFWorks T-shirts.

 “Participants were encouraged to be creative and communicate a clear, cohesive and memorable message about how career and technical education programs are preparing Mississippi students for successful futures,” said Mike Barkett, MCEF president. “Michelle and the welding class at Winston-Louisville CTE did an excellent job of telling our story in a fresh and engaging way.”

In addition to impressing a panel of industry judges, both teams were frontrunners in a public voting campaign. The process brought together students in a statewide social media initiative that spotlighted the videos while raising awareness of how MCEF is helping build Mississippi’s workforce of the future. 

“Making the video was truly a team effort, and we also learned more about career and technical education programs,” said Luo. “I’d like to thank MCEF for giving us an opportunity to share the many positive ways that fellow students are preparing for the future through career and technical education.”

Pointing out Mississippi’s need for more than 80,000 craft professionals by 2019 to support the state’s growing construction industry, Barkett said his team is working to ensure those jobs are filled by qualified Mississippians who have graduated from one of the state’s accredited career and technical education programs.

“MCEF offers world-class training programs that give students a solid foundation for the future,” Barkett said. “Many high school graduates go on to earn degrees, start businesses and contribute to the growth and prosperity of our state.  We congratulate students from around the state for celebrating the many success stories made possible by career and technical education programs in Mississippi.”

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

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