MCEF Names October 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 October.

Selected from MCEF’s four districts are Jordan Chadwell of Alcorn Career and Technology Center, Jodi Eby of Hancock County Career and Technical Center, Mason Harris of Choctaw County Career and Technology Center, and Christian Johnston of Simpson County 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 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.”

Slated for induction into the National Technical Honor Society in November, Chadwell enjoys local and district construction SkillsUSA competitions while helping his younger teammates achieve success. He plans to attend Northwest Mississippi Community College and then pursue an engineering degree at Mississippi State University.

Eby is a member of SkillsUSA and serves as an officer at the local and state levels. She made her mark as a first-year competitor in the 2017 MCEF state championship by placing second in the welding sculpture category – a performance she hopes to improve on next Spring. Upon graduation, Eby plans to pursue a career in welding.

Recognized for his leadership at school and in the community, Harris earned first place in the carpentry category of the 2017 district championship. He is an active member of SkillsUSA, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the high school marching band and his church youth group. He plans to study architectural drafting and design at a community college followed by pursuit of a construction management degree at a four-year college.

Johnston serves as president of Simpson County Technical Center and is a member of SkillsUSA, recipient of the construction trades student award and a winner in the regional carpentry helper competition. As a principal’s scholar at Mendenhall High School, he is a member of the National Honor Society and the award-winning archery team. Johnston plans to study building trades and construction at an area community college.

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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