Buckeye Career Center's March 2019 Students of the Month: (l to r) Graphics Arts Senior Miranda Vega, HVAC-R student Tyler Gano, and Commercial Truck Technology Senior James Garbrandt. (Submitted)

New Philadelphia, Ohio - Buckeye Career Center officials are pleased to announce their March Student of the Month recipients. 

Two high school students were chosen for the honor for demonstrating March’s core value of Servant Leadership. An Adult Education student was also selected. 

March’s female Student of the Month is Graphic Arts senior Miranda Vega of Tusky Valley. Miranda is the daughter of Jeff and Julie Vega. She works for First Stop Signs & Apparel and is an unpaid volunteer graphic designer for STEAM Centers. She is also a SkillsUSA state qualifier, a member of Drug Free Clubs of America, a Buckeye Ambassador, and a member of the Tusky Valley marching and concert bands. She plans to attend The University of Akron Myers School of Art and hopes to become a professional graphic designer. 

Her instructor Ms. Aubrey Gealsha says she enjoys having Miranda in class. “[She] is constantly studying her trade and trying to make each assignment the best it can possibly be,” she says. 

March’s Male Student of the Month is Commercial Truck Technology senior James Garabrandt of Indian Valley. James is the son of Danny Garbrandt and Kendra Jones. He works for Mainspring LLC and enjoys working on vehicles, riding dirt bikes, and hunting. He hopes to attend Ohio Technical College and wants to work as a diesel technician. 

Instructor Chris Rufenacht had this to say about James: “He is always watching for the safety and well-being of other students. When we have visitors, he always volunteers to represent our program.” 

March’s Adult Student of the Month is HVAC-R student Tyler Gano. Gano, a River View graduate, decided to enroll in HVAC-R because he wanted an in-demand career. He hopes to become an HVAC-R technician with a successful company that will allow for personal and professional growth.

The three were honored at the March 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.


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