MCEF Names February Students of the Month

Recognition celebrates top-performing career and technical education students


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

Selected from MCEF’s four districts are Andrew Benefield of Tippah Career and Technology Center, Drew Fulcher of Winston-Louisville Career and Technology Center, Logan Toney of Pearl/Rankin Career and Technical Center, and Meagan Whiddon of Greene County Vocational 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 in 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.”

Benefield owns a perfect grade point average and attendance record. His strong leadership skills make him a natural in helping his SkillsUSA team members achieve success.

Upon graduation, Benefield plans to attend Northeast Community College and Mississippi State University in pursuit of a degree in civil engineering.

Boasting strong academic and attendance records, Fulcher is a standout in state and national craft competitions. A three-year member of SkillsUSA, his wins as the state’s best in 2015 and 2016 earned him back-to-back trips to the national competition, where he finished in the top 10 both years.


Fulcher is a senior at Nanih Waiya High School, where he plays football and is a member of the NW Letterman Club. He plans to earn his associate degree in welding and work as a manufacturing or offshore welder.

Toney is member of SkillsUSA, in which he serves as a classroom leader and mentor to first-year students. He is a member of the Florence High School football and baseball teams and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. 

Toney’s plans having him attending a four-year college in preparation for establishing a business in flipping houses.

Touting a perfect grade point average, Whiddon is a member of the FFA welding team that captured top honors in the 2016 state competition. She is active in SkillsUSA, for which she serves as secretary for both the state and local chapters, and West Salem Baptist Church.

After graduation, Whiddon will attend William Carey College with plans to become a math or history teacher.

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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