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

Selected from MCEF’s four districts are Jacob Champion of South Panola Career and Technology Center, Eli Cooper of Forest-Scott County Career and Technical Center, Jared DeLancey of Jackson County Technology Center and the Ingalls Shipbuilder Academy, and Sabrina Shields of Choctaw County Career and Technology 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.”

Champion is a consistent winner in craft competitions, capturing first place in his region’s SkillsUSA welding fab competition, third place in the state competition and second place at the Delta Technical College welding competition. Upon graduation, he plans to study welding at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College or East Mississippi Community College.

Recognized for his strong work ethic and leadership skills, Cooper demonstrates a remarkable passion for knowledge through his hands-on learning style. He touts an impressive grade point average and perfect attendance record. He is a member of the Beta Club, the honor roll and the varsity football team at Scott Central High School. While his future plans are uncertain, he is considering a career in the electrical field.

DeLancey is among the nation’s highest scoring students in mechanical comprehension and is growing daily in knowledge of his trade. He is a member of his local SkillsUSA club and Vancleave High School’s A/B honor roll. Upon graduation, he plans to study welding at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College in pursuit of a career at Ingalls Shipbuilding.

An officer at the local and state levels for SkillsUSA, Shields earned first place in the organization’s state opening and closing competition. She is equally successful in the classroom, posting the highest averages in English, algebra, geometry, history, world geography, Mississippi studies, general music, biology and health. After graduation, Shields will study interior design at Mississippi State University.

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.