Tiger Quarterly Hattiesburg High School CTE-Winter/Spring 2020

A Letter from Mr. Brown

CTE Director

Students, Staff, and other Stakeholders:

First and foremost, I hope you and your family are adjusting to this unprecedented time as much as possible. I sincerely urge you to follow all guidelines of staying home and social distancing for the safety of all. This worldwide pandemic has changed our daily lives preventing us to gather for work, community events, ball games, church and, of course, school. Being out of school and the building being closed for the remainder of the semester, is unimaginable.

Adjusting to the impact of COVID-19, has definitely been and will continue to be just that…an ADJUSTMENT. There are several definitions to the term that are simplistic in nature. The one simple definition for the word that stood out to me is the following:"…..a small alteration or movement to achieve a desired fit, appearance, or result." With that said, as a result of COVID-19, what are you going to do to achieve a desired result? I challenge you to use this time to focus on your personal growth. I was so proud to read a story shared by one of our teachers that was written by one of our students. The student spoke of not being able to control the impact of COVID-19, but she talked about reading more to help her comprehension and knowledge. The student also spoke about taking advantage of spending time with family. The student was spot on. This is the time to take advantage of those things that we all portrayed that we didn’t have time to do and/or the things we took for granted.

I also encourage all students and parents to be engaged with the resources that are available from the school district. Our teachers are our best resources. Please, be sure you are staying connected to them and abreast of learning-at- home opportunities that they are providing. Lastly, embrace the fact that the school building is closed, but your classes and learning have not stopped.

Again, do your best to make the adjustment and definitely continue to learn all you can-not necessarily for a grade or passing a course- but for a better you!

Please, remain safe!

Go Tigers!


C. Jermaine Brown

Mayor Barker Proclaims February "City-Wide CTE Month"

The month of February is National Career and Technical Month. This year Mayor, Toby Barker; District 102 State Representative, Missy McGee; State Senator, Chris Johnson; and Hattiesburg Public School District Superindent, Robert Williams; and CTE Director, Jermaine Brown gathered with Career and Technical Students in the Electrical classroom with students from our ten CTE programs to declare that it was city-wide Career and Technical Month.

"Soup and Bread" Valentine Cook-off

Instructor: Toni Floyd

In February, our Culinary I and II students divided into teams to come up with a homemade soup of their choice and different homemade breads. They prepared these and hosted the administrators and CTE teachers for a Valentine's Day lunch. The guests voted on their favorite soup and bread. The winners were Rachel Johnson and Jonathan Keys's "Taco Soup", and the bread winners were the "Angel Biscuits" made by Kameron O’Neal. Caption by Toni Floyd and Photos by Jennie Noonkester

CTE Recruitment

During the month of January, Career and Technical classes began their yearly recruitment process. All 9th grade students are toured through our ten CTE programs. Students listen as both students and instructors expound on their class's curriculum and answer questions. Hattiesburg High School supports ten CTE programs with dual enrollment and national certification opportunities. Photos by Jennie Noonkester

Parent Empowerment Night and Choices: hattiesburg High

On January 16, 2020, Hattiesburg High School held their annual Parent Empowerment and Choices' Night. Academic teachers, Career and Technical instructors, and support staff lined the hallways of the 9th Grade Academy with display boards about their classes and programs. Parental support of the event was phenomenal. Information about graduation requirements/options, AP/Dual Enrollment, Middle College, and CTE opportunities were exhibited for parents. Photos by Jennie Noonkester

N.R. Burger : P-16 Council Meeting

Mrs. Floyd, Damaria Holden, and Ameria Ellis represented Hattiesburg High Schools CTE Cuinary Arts program at N.R. Burger Middle School.

Mr. Brownlow, Ms. Noonkester, and Dr. Pierce answered 8th grade student and parent questions about our CTE programs. Local colleges and universities attended, and Dr. Guerin informed guests about local college and career opportunites in the Pine Belt area. It was a fun evening.

Mr. Boney was available to answer questions about the high school and provide parental and community feedback at the meeting.

Grace Christian's Career Carnival

CTE Month Highlight

Local businesses and a variety of community members supported Grace Christian Elementary's event.
Dr. Pierce, Mr. Maskew, and Ms. Noonkester attended the Career Carnival at Grace Christian. The event was designed to expose elementary students to a variety of career choices. Each student had to search from table-to-table to find jobs listed on a card and speak with the professionals. It was a fun night meeting some of our future CTE students.

by Jennie Noonkester

Culinary Art's Ribbon Cutting

During the month of December 2019, the Career and Technical Department and the ADP held a ribbon cutting event for the opening of the new Culinary Arts' facility at the high school. As part of the bond issue, Hattiesburg High School's Culinary Arts program aquired a new kitchen and classroom. Members of the community came out to support the students and Mrs. Toni Floyd. Mrs. Floyd and her students worked many hours getting the space ready to host events. A special thank you is extended to Mr. Floyd, the ADP, Toby Barker, Robert Williams, Board members, and Missy Magee for your work and encouragment. Photos by Jennie Noonkester

Culinary Arts: Field Experiences

Instructor: Toni Floyd

I was so proud of senior Culinary II student, Kenya, who represented Hattiesburg High and Culinary so well on "The Midday Show" as she demonstrated our King Cake Baking! I’m grateful for our local managers and business owners, Robert St John of The Midtowner, WDAM, Ed Hargrove of Pyros Pizza, The Brass Hat & Hotel Indigo, and Taj Stewart of Southern Kernels Gourmet Popcorn. These industry leaders allowed us to visit and hear their journeys and advice as our students prepare for their careers. My 3rd block, Culinary I, was also featured on a news segment on WJTV! Also, students visited in between all the reviewing and preparing for our Career-Tech ACT WorkKeys and CPAS testing, these students have perfected shrimp dishes, practiced knife skills with a variety of vegetables, and baked lots of homemade breads and desserts. - Caption by Toni Floyd & Pictures by Jennie Noonkester and Toni Floyd

Health Science: "Go RED"

Instructor: Mimi Wilson

Students get an opportunity to develop job skills through this initiative.
CTE Directer, Jermaine Brown, supports GO RED!

Health Science, for CTE Month, hosted a Go Red event for all the women staff in the Hattiesburg Public School District. Go Red is a national event to raise awareness of women's health and to recognize both heart disease and stroke as the #1 killers of women by the American Heart Association. It is important for all women to know their numbers: 1) Blood Pressure 2) Blood Sugar 3) Height, Weight & BMI and 4) Cholesterol. Knowing these critical numbers, can help women determine their risk of developing cardiovascular disease and take preventative measures to reduce their risks. HOSA helped women learn the most important numbers in their life - Their heart depends on it. Go Red!

- Article and photos by Mimi Wilson

Fountain's Design Won State Contest

Destiney Fountian, Hattiesburg High Schools 2019-20 HOSA President, created a design that was selected to be on the Mississippi HOSA members' State T-Shirt.

Congratulations, Destiney!

2019-20 HOSA Competition Winners!

The following are winners at HOSA’s District Competition at Lawrence County Career and Technical Center. There were over 600 students present from the Southern Region of Mississippi.

Taiya Theodore -1st , Destiney Fountian & Marissa Moody- 2nd , Haylee Reid - 3rd Cordelia Lampton - 3rd, Alaysia Roberts & Brianna Moss - 7th ,Lisa Yang - 7th, Jazlyn Eaton, Eugene Stubbs & Amerah Gholar- Advanced to State

Photos by: Mimi Wilson

PRCC Instructors Visit Health Science

Medical Coding and Billing Program

Students listened as representatives from Pearl River Community College discussed their Medical Billing and Coding program. Also, they mentioned possible future collaboartion with our Health Science program. These are high demanded jobs across our community because of the number of hosipitals, clinics, and medical offices within the Pine Belt area. Photos by Jennie Noonkester

National Technical Honor Society State Leadership Conference

Gulfport, Mississippi

Sponsors: Dr. Charish Pierce & Ms. Jennie Noonkester

On January 24, 2020, Dr. Pierce and Ms. Noonkester took Kendyl Terrell, Sofia Gonzalez, Monique Addison, and Aleah Norman to the State NTHS conference held at the Hancock Bank Building's Great Southern Club. It is always a fun time connecting with Career and Technical students from all over the state of Mississippi. The theme of the conference was "Discovering U". Students enjoyed two fantastic buffet meals in the Sunset Ball Room while networking with their peers. Then, they listen to several motivational speakers: Nicole Banks on "Planning and Goal Setting", Valorie Albright on "Financing Your Future", and Gwendolyn Haynes worked on students' collaboration skills. Photos by Jennie Noonkester

Mississippi HighWay Patrol visits Law and Public Safety

Instructor: Taletha Winston

Hattiesburg High School's Law and Public Safety Program would like to thank the Mississippi Highway Patrol and Sgt. Travis Luck for taking time out of his busy schedule to come speak with our studentsa about careers with the Highway Patrol. He also discussed with students the intense training new troopers have go through in order to survive on our state highways. Sgt. Luck also emphasized to the students about the impartance of appearance, respect, and intergrity. Officer Winston believes, "WE are all broothers and sisters in blue even through we wear different uniforms." Caption by Taletha Winston & Photos by Jennie Noonkester

Law and Public Safety and sports Medicine travel to Jackson,MS

Sports Medicine Instructor: Brian Maskew & Law and Public Safety Instructor: Briann Kelly

Law and Public Safety and Sports Medicine headed to Jackson, Mississippi to tour AMR. Students saw the ambulances service headquarters and dispatch; in additon, they recieved hands-on training from Jim Pollard. Within this facility, there are many jobs, and it was amazing to see how this oranization operates. Students got to observe how paramedics, EMT, and dispatchers interact with one another at work. Also, students got to ride in the back of the ambulance. By Jennie Noonkester

Early Childhood Education

Instructor: DeAnna Anderson

State Winners!

HHS Early Childhood Education, FCCLA students placed first at the state competition in "Focus on Children" and "Teach and Train". They also recieved a third place award in "Entrepreneurship" at State Competition. Congratulations!!!

Photo by DeAnna Anderson

TSA Competition at WIlliam Carey University

Sponsor: Ms.Tanya Evans

TSA competed this winter at William Carey University. Hattiesburg High School's chapter won 1st place in board game design, 3rd place in fashion design, and 3rd place in the technology bowl. Congratulations!

Photo by Marcus Jordan


Instructor: Coach Marcus Jordan

Informational Technology has been very active on campus this year. The first two photos at the top show our Year 1 students completing their lab work on "Building a PC." The bottom two photos are Year II students that are job shadowing Hattiesburg Public School District's IT Department by helping them complete teacher help- desk tickets. Caption and Photos by Coach Jordan

A "Real World" Experience

Instructors: Tanya Evans (DMT), DeAnna Anderson (ECE), and Coach Marcus Jordan (IT)

As part of CTE Month events, three of the CTE programs participated in the Misssissippi State Extension program called "Welcome to the Real World". Community volunteers sat at tables in the Multi-purpose Center as students visited them while rotating around the room to make fanical choices based on their randomly assigned income/job. Tawnya Holliman directed the students to make financial choices about the following: communication devices, housing, childcare, insurance, clothing, internet, credit card debit, personal care, emergencies, entertainment, taxes, groceries, transportation, healthcare, and utilities. It was a very engaging event for HHS Career and Technical students. This "Real World" application simulation was an eye-opening event for many of our students. Photos by Jennie Noonkester


Instructor: Dr. Earnest Evans

Dr. Pierce and I visited Dr. Evan's classroom to see what our CTE Year I Electrical students were making. All of our CTE programs support gender equality. We have top female students in our three manufacturing programs. Female manufacturing workers often are hired to do intricate work in factories because they tend to have percise, tactile skills when building products. Our non-tradional students are important to the growth and sustability of ten CTE programs and industry. Dr. Evan's encourages both male and female students to excell everyday. Photos by Jennie Noonkester

Polymer and Engineering

Advisory Committee Meeting

Our department would like to thank Stancey Collins, Community Development Coordinator at the ADP; Caitlyne Shirley of MPI (Mississippi Polymer Institute); and, Anna Patterson, Director of Education and Outreach for School of Polymer Science at USM
As part of Career and Technical Education, all instructors are expected to hold bi-annual advisory committee meetings. This allows the teachers to stay aware of changes occuring in their industry, and it also builds partnerships with local businesses.

Photos by Jennie Noonkester

Polymer Science and Engineering Visit Nissan

Instructor: James Brownlow

Polymer Science

Polymer Science and Engineering students enjoyed a nice lunch at Berry's Seafood after touring Canton's Nissan plant. According to the company's website, the facility produces over 450,000 vehicles annually and creates approximantley 5, 250 jobs for Mississippi's economy. Nissan has invested 3.5 billon dollars in their manufacturing facility which encompasses over 4.7 million square feet. Photos by Jennie Noonkester

Instructor: Coach Stephen Jordan


Coach Jordan's Engineering students pose for an official Nissan Tour Photograph. Photo Courtesy of Nissan

Advisory Committee Meeting

Instructors: Toni Floyd, Burnell Wesco, and Christy Farris

In March, our students cooked a full breakfast spread for our Career Tech Advisory Board. Our community industry leaders enjoyed homemade shrimp and grits, cinnamon rolls, homemade cookies, and fruit. It was all prepared by our students! Caption by Toni Floyd and photos by Jennie Noonkester

Resource Management

Instructor: Coach Burnell Wesco

On March 11, 2020, eleven people from the local businesses and industies as well as two HHS staff members helped to conduct Mock Job Interviews. The students were taught about job etiquette, dress code for job interviews, and filling outjob applications and resumes. The students worked hard preparing and performing during the interview. A special shout out to Coach Wesco. He put a lot of work into coordinating this event for the students. It was great preperation and practice to make our HHS students college and CAREER ready. Caption by Coach Wesco and Photos by Jennie Noonkester

N.R. Burger :TSA Winners

Sponsors: Kenyatta Regan, Jalisa Baker, LaToya Klinghammer, Jennifer Morgan, and Shannon Hay

From left to right - 1st row....Andre Taylor, Cameron Hall, Jahmier Allen, Alexandria Dungy, Jada Coleman, Raven Baker (President) 2nd row...Sydney Smith, Josue Rosas, and Zoe Bomhold Photo by: Kenyatta Thompson

Hattiesburg Public School District's Career and Technical Education Department does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, or handicapping conditions in accordance with federal and state law.


Jennie Noonkester, Mimi Wilson, Charish Pierce, James Brownlow, Macus Jordan, Stephan Jordan, Nissan, Deanna Anderson, Bernell Wesco, Jennifer Morgan, Taletha Winston, Brian Maskew, and Earnest Evans, Jr.