Kaden McDonald works on a project at the Philadelphia/Neshoba County Career Technical Center.
Kaden McDonald works on a project at the Philadelphia/Neshoba County Career Technical Center.
Kaden McDonald, a sophomore construction technology student at the Philadelphia/Neshoba County Career Technical Center, has been recognized by a state organization for outstanding achievement.

The Mississippi Construction Education Foundation, located in Pearl, has named McDonald its “Student of the Month” for the state’s central region.

McDonald attends school at Neshoba Central High School.

McDonald is a member of the Technology Student Association and SkillsUSA. After high school, he plans to study petroleum engineering at LSU.

“We congratulate Kaden for earning student of the month honors and for being an excellent representative of high school career tech programs in Mississippi,” said Mike Barkett, MCEF president. “We're proud of our students of the month for helping ensure our state has a highly skilled workforce to support the state's growing construction and manufacturing industries.”

The course teaches all aspects of construction from the foundation up, and includes plumbing and electrical work.

“My career path is more toward petroleum engineering and the oil field,” McDonald said. “I enjoy this course. Construction is a skill everyone needs. It is teaching me a lot of things and gives me several career paths to look at. There is a lot of math and it helps with the math aspect of it. ”

Kaden is the son of Stacy and Kline McDonald of Union. He is a member of the soccer team at Neshoba Central.

In addition to the construction course, this year he is taking Engineering I, chemistry. geometry, American history and English II. He maintains an overall 97 grade point average.

“I am good a math and I like science, too,” McDonald said. “This gives me a chance to look at several career paths.”

Students of the month are selected from MCEF’s three districts based on grades, attendance, discipline in class, outstanding achievements, leadership abilities, and post-graduation plans. All compete for student of the year honors at the foundation’s annual awards program in May.

In his free time, McDonald enjoys hunting and horseback riding with his family. His family raises race horses and he enjoys taking them to run at the Neshoba County Fair.