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Technical student gets top honor
by Bobby J. Smith
Jul 25, 2013 | 256 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
On Tuesday the Mississippi Association of Career and Technical Education honored Kossuth grad John Andrews as the state’s Outstanding CTE Student for 2013.

Andrews accepted the award at the state conference in Pearl. The award includes a $500 scholarship. He was nominated for the award by Richard Turner, director of the Alcorn Career and Technology Center.

“John is very deserving of this honor because of the caliber of student he is,” said Turner. “He has an excellent work ethic, positive attitude, friendly disposition, and has excelled in his career and technical programs.”

Andrews is a 2013 graduate of Kossuth High School and the son of Rodney Andrews and Jennifer Campbell. He has completed the Teacher Academy program at the Alcorn Career and Technology Center as well as two AEST courses at KHS. He has participated in the Career Pathway Experience at ACTC.

The award-winning recent grad was involved in a wide range of school activities. In addition to being elected 2012-13 Mr. Kossuth High School, he is a member of the Future Educators Association(FEA) and the Future Farmers of America (FFA). He served as career delegate at that Alcorn Career and Technology Center and was selected as one of the ACTC’s Students of the Quarter, Rotary Student of the Month, ACTC’s Outstanding Nontraditional Student and ACTC’s Student of the Year for 2013.

Andrews and his teammates in the Kossuth FFA won second place in the State Livestock Judging Contest and first place in the State Dairy Evaluation Contest this year. As an individual, Andrews won the State Champion Individual Overall in both contests. He was also a state competitor at the state FEA conference.

As a member of Wheeler Grove Baptist Church, Andrews is active in the youth department and with the skit team. He also serves as a church league coach and nursery worker. He spent time serving as a mentor at Kossuth Elementary School and as a Special Olympics volunteer.

In addition to his achievements in school and church, Andrews has worked 20 to 25 hours per week at Little Caesar’s Pizza.

His career goal is to become an educator. He plans on attending Northeast Mississippi Community College and then the University of Mississippi and working toward a bachelors degree in elementary education with endorsements in math and social studies. Ultimately, he plans on earning an advanced degree and becoming a school administrator.

“There are over 150,000 CTE students in the state of Mississippi,” said Jennifer Koon, Alcorn Career and Technology Center counselor. “We are very pleased to have one of our own students to be the one chosen for the distinguished honor.”
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