PEARL ― The Mississippi Construction Education Foundation is recognizing two career and technical education standouts as its students of the month for November.

Selected from MCEF’s northern and southern districts are Carolyn Oglesby of the Tupelo Career and Technical Center and Korbin Gospodinovich of the Academic Institutes at Gulfport High School.

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."

Citing construction as a fun way to prepare for the future, Oglesby is praised by instructors for her eagerness to try new things. She is hailed for her willingness to help others and excels in all subject areas as evidenced by her near-perfect grade point average.

Active in an array of extracurricular activities, Oglesby participates in band, orchestra, archery and thespians. She is equally involved in her community as a volunteer with 8 Days of Hope, the Orchard Church and the Autism Center.

Oglesby plans to study architecture at Mississippi State University.

Recognized for his strong work ethic and leadership skills, Gospodinovich is an active participant in projects and delights in helping his fellow students succeed. His passion for knowledge and hands-on learning earned him a spot in the Ingalls Shipfitter Academy in which he is currently ranked as the top student.

When he isn’t in class, Gospodinovich enjoys singing in the Gulfport High men’s choir and sharing his carpentry skills as a community volunteer. His plans call for pursuing an associate degree at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College with hopes of winning a leadership role at Ingalls.

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