Area career and technical
education standout competes for state’s top honors
Shakindra Hunt, an advanced welding student at Winston-Louisville Career and Technology Center, is a finalist for student of the year honors from the Mississippi Construction Education Foundation. Winners will be announced in May.
Hunt was named student of the month for MCEF's central region last December, automatically qualifying as a finalist for student of the year along with six other monthly district winners for the 2019-20 school year.
"Our annual awards program 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."
Instructor nominations for student of the month are based on grades, attendance, class discipline, outstanding achievements, leadership abilities and post-graduation plans. MCEF will choose three students of the year from a field of 20 district students of the month. Winners will receive $500 cash prizes.
As a model student, Hunt earns the praise of instructors who describe her as self-driven with an unparalleled determination to succeed. She is a member of her school’s band and soccer team as well as SkillsUSA, the Technology Student Association, the Beta Club, and Family, Career and Community Leaders of America.
Hunt stands out in competitions, finishing among the best in the TSA-website design competition and the FCCLA Life Event Planning. In addition, she serves on the Mayor’s Youth Council and the Anchor Club. Upon graduation, Hunt will pursue a position as an office worker.
Other student of the year finalists from the central region are Jacob Hardy and Kaden McDonald, Philadelphia Neshoba County Career Technical Center; Lakendria Perkins, Thomas C. Randle Career and Technical Center in Belzoni; Howard Needham, Wayne County Career Technical Center; Shane West, Pearl/Rankin Career and Technical Center; and William Thigpen, Hinds Community College in Vicksburg.
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.
The mission of the non-profit MCEF is to promote careers, recruit capable individuals and train a quality workforce for the construction and manufacturing industries in the state of Mississippi. MCEF also offers workforce training and credentialing in construction, industrial maintenance and manufacturing trades.
Learn more about MCEF at http://mcef.net.