NAHS Awards Ceremony – Outstanding Career & Technical Students

The following students were honored as Outstanding Career & Technical Education students at the New Albany High School Awards Ceremony held on May 3:

Automotive Services I-N’Shaun Cameron; Oral & Electronic Communications-Mary Day; Business Fundamentals-Sydney Meggs; Marketing-Jessiana Smith; Culinary Arts I-Lorin Ivey; Culinary Arts II-Jalynn Johnson; Digital Media I-Sarah Kathryn Harris; Digital Media II-Jacob McGregor; Drafting Concepts-Miller Dunnam; Intermediate Drafting-Daisy Huerta; Early Childhood Services and Education I-Jenna Steward; Early Childhood Services and Education II-Tashiunna Judon; Engineering II-Christopher Thomas; Health sciences I-Tianna Graham; Health Sciences II-Sydni Lewis; STEM-Michelle Luo; Child Development-Esteban Contreras; Family Dynamics-Mason Armstrong; Contemporary Health-Adalyn Aldridge; Nutrition & Wellness-Samantha Bridges; Resource Management-Carley Jumper; Concepts of Agri-Science-Malek Hardin; Agri-Plants-Millie Chism; Agri-Environment-Beth Barnes; Agri-Animals-Zachary Simmons

Where are they now? Jessica Gates

From time to time, we will be spotlighting New Albany Alumni who are making a difference and excelling at their particular work path . . .

Jessica GatesJessica Gates

What year did you graduate high school?
2010

What is (are) the name(s) of the vocational class(es) you completed?
Allied Health

Where did you attend college?
Northeast Mississippi Community College

Please describe how the vocational class(es) you took helped you.
Taking Allied health made me realize that I wanted to pursue a career in the medical field. It put me ahead once I got to college and into the lab technician program because i had already learned so much in allied health. I’m so thankful for Mrs. Voyles and her class!

Please give a brief description of your career.
After college I started working at Baptist in Oxford as a lab technician. I recently left Baptist to work at Internal Medicine in Tupelo.

What degree(s) and/or achievements do you hold?
Associate of Applied Science in Medical Laboratory Technology.

In what city do you currently reside?
New Albany

Where Are They Now ~ Jessye Staten

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Jessye StatenJessye Staten

What year did you graduate high school?
2014

What is (are) the name(s) of the vocational class(es) you completed?
Culinary Arts I and II

Where did you attend college?
I am about to graduate from Northeast Mississippi Community College. I plan on continuing my education at the University of Northern Alabama.

Please describe how the vocational class(es) you took helped you.
I learned a ton of information in the two years I was in Mrs. Alef’s classes. I can honestly say I have used everything I learned either at work or in my classes at school, from what a mother sauce is to how to work with diversity and challenge. My skills put me ahead of the game in college, so my 4.0 GPA has come with ease. In this business, you never stop learning. You come together with colleagues and classmates to create and provide a beautiful service. I did not know it then, but I wasn’t just taking a class in high school, I was finding a passion and falling in love with a career.

Please give a brief description of your career.
Currently, I am a staff trainer at Taco Bell. I have worked for Little Foods Company™ for over two years now at two different locations. I worked every position in the store except manager. I work line, drive-thru, front counter, etc. I only intend on keeping this job until I move on to UNA. Even though it is a fast food establishment, it provides learning opportunities just like an upper scale restaurant would. Like I said before, you never stop learning. Every day is a lesson.

What degree(s) and/or achievements do you hold?
I decided to double major at NEMCC, so when I graduate I will have an Associate of Applied Science in Culinary Arts Technology and an Associate of Applied Science in Hospitality Management Technology.

In what city do you currently reside?
I live in New Albany, MS but I am currently staying in Booneville, MS for the school year.

Where Are They Now ~ Dalvin Carr

From time to time, we will be spotlighting New Albany Alumni who are making a difference and excelling at their particular work path . . .

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What year did you graduate high school?
2011

What is (are) the name(s) of the vocational class(es) you completed?
Early Child Hood Education I & II
Business Management

Where did you attend college?
Schools and Certifications

*Air Assault School
*Warrior Leader Course
*Combat Life Saver
*Conduct After Capture
*AN/PC 117G Radio Operator
*FBCB2/Blue Force Tracker
*JCR
*German Proficiency Badge
*Advance Situational Awareness

*Expert Weapon Qualifications
-M4 Rifle
-M9 Pistol
-320 Grenade Launcher
-2010 Sniper Rifle
-110 Sniper Rifle
-Karl Gustav Rocket Launcher
-Anti Tank Missle
– Claymores

Please describe how the vocational class(es) you took helped you.
Although the vocational class gave me an insight on what I wanted my career to be, the teachers are the reason I am who I am today. They molded me into the adult I am today, allowing me to see things for more than what they are. It was not until 3-4 months before graduation that I decided to join the military. Being in the military has allowed me to grow. The constant interaction with others, from superiors to subordinates has made me a more self-aware individual all around. Seeing the impact I can have on people, took me back to those high school days. I believe that I can influence children to aspire to be more, and do anything they want and desire no matter where they come from. I feel that the military has taught me leadership skills, resiliency, and patience to deal with others regardless of their background. Taking Early Childhood Education benefited me the most out of all my classes throughout high school because it showed me how one can influence many. When the military is over for me I will proceed to go back to school and get a degree in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education.

Please give a brief description of your career.
I am currently in the United States Army stationed at Fort Carson, Colorado where I hold the rank of Sergeant and serve as a Team leader in a Light Infantry Company; responsible for the welfare, fitness, morale and discipline of a four man Team; responsible for the individual training and maintenance of their equipment; primary instructor and advisor in the matters of tactical employment during offensive and defensive operations. Previously stationed in Vilseck, Germany for three years where I deployed to Afghanistan for six months. Currently in the process of getting ready for deployment to Kosovo for a total of nine months.

What degree(s) and/or achievements do you hold?
*Army Commendation Medal x1
*Army Achievement Medal x3
*Army Good Conduct Medal x1
*National Defense Service Medal x1
*Afghanistan Campaign Medal x1
*Nato Ribbon x1
*Army Service Ribbon x 1
*Over Seas Ribbon x2
*Noncommisioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon x1
*Global War on Terrisiomn Medal x1

In what city do you currently reside?
Colorado Springs, Colorado

Where Are They Now ~ Anna Hines

From time to time, we will be spotlighting New Albany Alumni who are making a difference and excelling at their particular work path . . .

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What year did you graduate high school?
2009

What is (are) the name(s) of the vocational class(es) you completed?
Business Personal Finance, Accounting, and Micro Computer Applications

Where did you attend college?
Itawamba Community College and Mississippi State University

Please describe how the vocational class(es) you took helped you.
The skills and knowledge I learned from my classes set me ahead not only in my business classes during college, but at work everyday. As a teenager, I did not recognize the value of skills like letter formatting or public speaking. I use my acquired word processing skills daily, the efficiency level they allow me is invaluable. I did not just learn head knowledge from the classes that I completed, but life skills.

Please give a brief description of your career.
I am a licensed property and casualty insurance professional.

What degree(s) do you hold?
Bachelors of Business Administration, Associate of Arts with a Business Concentration

In what city do you currently reside?
New Albany, MS