Connections Spring 2019 cover page

There are a lot of great things happening in Mississippi’s career and technical education centers, and we’re excited to share stories about the wonderful teachers, challenging programs, and exceptional students that comprise our school districts.

Our cover story focuses on the Oak Grove High School (Lamar County School District) culinary team, the Smokin’ Hot, and how its members developed an award-winning recipe that was featured in a national competition and could find itself on local school district cafeteria menus in the future.

Keeping with the culinary theme, another story spotlights the Stone County High School’s (Stone County School District) Border Brew Café. The student-run business opened after the school’s culinary arts teacher expanded its classes to include practical lessons in entrepreneurship and real-world examples of what students were learning in the classroom.

In Meridian, Ross Collins Career and Technical Center (Meridian Public School District) students transformed an old, beat-up GMC into a replica of the iconic van from the hit ’80s television show The A-Team; Tupelo Career-Technical Center (Tupelo Public School District) students continued a tradition of giving back to their community by refurbishing old bicycles and donating them to needy families in time for Christmas; and Biloxi Career Technology Center (Biloxi Public School District) students learned about anatomy by fracturing and mending bones.

We also spotlight first-year teachers Wes and Laura Anglin (South Panola School District), who are integrating their backgrounds in agriculture into the classroom. Our other profiles include stories on retiring Forrest County Agricultural High School (Forrest County School District) teacher Mike Dale and Union High School (Union Public School District) junior Meagan Graham.

In an effort to promote CTE, we ask that you share this magazine with friends, colleagues, local economic developers, and elected officials in your community. Also, follow Connections on social media—ConnectionsMS on Facebook and @ConnectionsMS on Twitter. Bookmark our website and visit to read and share stories.

We love featuring the innovative work of students, teachers, and administrators from across the state and hope to tell your story soon.

Tom Wallace
Director, Office of Career and Technical Education
Mississippi Department of Education



Connections is the magazine for K-12 career and technical education (CTE) in Mississippi. The biannual publication features students, educators, schools, and organization from approximately 50 career pathways across 16 career clusters. This Mississippi Department of Education publication is produced by the Research and Curriculum Unit at Mississippi State University. Issues are disseminated in print and electronic forms in May and December each year.

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Editor-in-Chief: Tom Wallace

Managing Editor: Carl Smith

Associate EditorPatrice Guilfoyle

Editor: Jason Hauser

Designer: Amanda Gronewold

Writers: Brice Fortinberry

Will Graves
Amanda Gronewold
Jason Hauser
Carl Smith
Brock Turnipseed

All photos submitted by their respective districts unless otherwise noted.

For more information about Connections, please contact Brock Turnipseed.

Email: brock.turnipseed@rcu.msstate.edu
Phone: 662.325.2510


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