Buckeye Career Center's January Students of the Month are Construction senior Dean Piraino of Indian Valley (left), Hospitality student Riley Sprague of Carrollton (center), and Medical Office & Billing Specialist student Hannah Lynn of New Philadelphia (right).

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

January’s female Student of the Month is Hospitality student Riley Sprague of Carrollton. Riley is the daughter of Chris and Renee Sprague. She works at Pieces with Purpose and is a 12-year Special Olympics participant in track and cheerleading. She attends Our Lady of Mercy Church and enjoys playing on her IPad and boating. 

Hospitality instructor Deb Ganyard says Riley always strives to do her best and uses her critical thinking as she is making a hotel bed or measuring ingredients.

January’s Male Student of the Month is Construction senior Dean Piraino from Indian Valley. Dean is the son of Scott Piraino.  He likes to work on his truck, ride dirt bikes, and spend time with friends. He enjoys the construction trade and plans to get a job in the industry following graduation. 

Instructor Terry Thompson says Dean is a smart young man and a leader in his class. "Once shown what to do, Dean will work until the task is done,” he says.

January’s Adult Student of the Month is Medical Office & Billing Specialist student Hannah Lynn of New Philadelphia.  Hannah is a 2016 Indian Valley/BCC graduate. She works at Pangrazio’s in Dover and previously served as a teaching aide for the Electrical Systems Technology lab and summer help worker at BCC. She hopes to work in the healthcare field while continuing her education in orthopedics.

The three students were honored during the career center's January 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.


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