Four Bethel Park High School students have been recognized as the December Students of the Month in their respective programs by the Steel Center for Career and Technical Education. The honorees include senior Zach Simmons (Computer Technology), junior Joey Stoner (Carpentry), and sophomores Kieren Banks (Veterinary Assistant) and Kylie Lewis (Collision Repair).
Each month, Steel Center’s very best students are recognized for their consistently high achievement and outstanding overall performance. The recognition is meant to acknowledge the students’ unwavering commitment to their career and technical education as demonstrated by their outstanding achievement.
Simmons enjoys everything about his Computer Technology program and is particularly interested in the coding aspect of it. “I have just always been interested in how the binary behind it works,” he said. “I love gaming and when I identify a glitch I like to imagine how to improve the coding to make them run better.”
Stoner has always loved building things and aspires to one day become a carpenter. “I enjoy the Carpentry program because of the relationships I’ve been able to forge and the amount of instruction I’ve received,” he said.
The Veterinary Assistant program was a natural for Banks, who has always loved animals, particularly rabbits. She is especially grateful to her teacher, Mr. Nicholas Rivituso for helping her design a pathway to achieve her goals. “We have to do a lot of classroom work before we can begin working with the animals and ‘Mr. R.’ makes that process interesting and fun,” said Banks.
Lewis gained an interest in Collision Repair from working with her father, Dave, who owns D-Maxx Automotive in Hazelwood. “I just love being able to take cars apart and make them perfect so that customers are happy,” she said.