Buckeye Career Center's students of the month for December (l to r) are Pharmacy Technician senior Mary Gomez, Cosmetology student Juanita Denmark, and Energy Operations senior Wyatt Baker. (Submitted photos)

New Philadelphia, Ohio - Buckeye Career Center is announcing its December Student of the Month recipients. Two high school students were chosen for the honor for demonstrating December’s core value of creativity. An adult education student was also selected.

December’s female Student of the Month is Pharmacy Technician senior Mary Gomez of Dover. Gomez is the daughter of Barbara and José Gomez and currently works at Park Village. She enjoys painting and drawing and plays the cello. Gomez participated in the orchestra and choir at Dover. At BCC, Gomez is involved in HOSA Future Health Professionals and competed at regionals. After graduation, she hopes to attend medical school to get her doctorate and become a psychiatrist. 

Instructor Chris McCoury had this to say about Gomez: “Mary is able to stretch her brain and think outside of the box when asked questions. Mary is a leader and figures things out.” 

December’s Male Student of the Month is Wyatt Baker, an Energy Operations senior from Claymont High School. Baker is the son of Dan and Karrie Baker and is employed at Alexis Building Systems. He enjoys riding his quad and spending time with family and friends. He is a member of FFA and plans to obtain a job in the operator’s union following graduation. 

Instructor Ryan Irwin had this to say about Baker: “Wyatt is a positive influence in our class. He works hard to complete his work and is a very skilled operator. Wyatt has been using his skills to assist the class in completing the drainage lines at the Buckeye house."
December’s Adult Student of the Month is Cosmetology student Juanita Denmark of Canton. Denmark has a passion for beauty. She enjoys doing hair and plans to open own her own salon. She is married with eight children and attends The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The three recipients were honored at the December Buckeye Career Center Board of Education meeting and received photo banners to commemorate the honor. High school students also received $25 gift certificates to the Joe Carlisle Café & Marketplace, courtesy of Skyline Homes.