PEARL ― Eighteen of the state’s top-performing career and technical education students are finalists for student of the year honors from the Mississippi Construction Education Foundation.

Winners, to be named May 7 at the MCEF awards and graduation dinner in Pearl, will be selected from MCEF’s northern, central and southern districts and will receive $500 cash prizes.

"Our annual awards and graduation dinner is an opportunity to recognize Mississippi's best and brightest students and to honor the hard work and dedication they've demonstrated in preparing for their futures," said Mike Barkett, MCEF president. "These outstanding students also are helping ensure that Mississippi has a highly skilled workforce to support the state's growing construction and manufacturing industries."

MCEF's student of the month program honors students who are excelling in high school career tech programs throughout Mississippi. Instructor nominations are based on grades, attendance, class discipline, outstanding achievements, leadership abilities and post-graduation plans.

Student of the year finalists from the northern region are Brady Houston and Zachary Scaggs, Amory Career and Technical Center; Luke Burleson and Carolyn Oglesby, Tupelo Career and Technical Center; Jesse Patrick, Alcorn Career and Technology Center; Maddox Jordan, Tippah Career and Technology Center; and Tucker Hicks, Lee County School District Career and Technical Education Center.

Central region finalists are Cameron Esco, Hinds Community College Technical Center; Kyris Brown, Canton Career Center; Chase Nicholson, Philadelphia/Neshoba County Career Technical Center; and Ben Lewis, Holmes County Career and Technical Center.

Southern region finalists are Tyler Latack and Johnathan Steele II, Jackson County Technology Center; Cole Sciacca, Hancock County Career Technical Center; Trevor McLeod, Greene County Vocational Center; Harley Zeigler, Franklin County Career and Technical Center; Levi Burge, Pearl River Central High School Career and Technical Education Center; and Korbin Gospodinovich, Academic Institutes at Gulfport High School.

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As part of its annual awards program, MCEF also will present $500 scholarships to winners of the MCEF and Mississippi State Board of Contractors scholarship program. In addition, MCEF will recognize its 2021 apprentice graduates along with winners of the state craft competition.

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

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