Hayes’ Dugasz ready for his future path
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While not entirely certain of where his future path lies, Hayes High School senior Erwin Dugasz does know he wants to go into either engineering or math.
He also knows he wants to stay in Ohio and is considering attending either Bowling Green, Miami, Capital, Denison or maybe the University of Findlay. His criteria for selection, he said, are that the school he chooses has excellent math and science departments.
“I’ve always liked things science. I absolutely love science, and math goes hand in hand,” he said.
While marching band is a large part of his life at the moment, he is still on the fence as to whether he will participate in band at the college level. He enjoys band a lot, but he said, “I am not particularly an excellent musician.”
Erwin participated in soccer during the first two years of high school and has been in marching band the last two.
“I kind of miss soccer,” he said. “I liked the adrenaline rushes, but I have more of a circle of friends in band.”
Being a senior is “bittersweet,” Erwin said.
“I’m happy it’s finally time to leave, but to leave my friends … I do not want to see them off.”
Until then, Erwin will continue his busy high school schedule. His list of activities includes his involvement in National Honor Society (NHS). There are numerous fundraising activities through NHS being considered for charities as well as the induction ceremony to get ready for. Erwin also performs community service volunteer work through the organization.
Erwin is in his first year on Hayes’ In The Know team. He had wanted to join the team last year, but band and National Honor Society kept him busy.
He is also involved with SPRE, the science of paranormal research and explorations, which a friend began his freshman year. The focus of SPRE is proving and disproving common paranormal phenomena.
Another activity that occupies Erwin is his work with the Epilepsy Foundation. His sister has epilepsy. Volunteering with the Foundation, including for the Stroll for Epilepsy event, has allowed Erwin to meet other epileptics and to better appreciate how the disorder impacts others.
“Working with these young children gave me a better understanding of the struggle that many families face when they raise a disabled child, and how I can assist these families whenever I am able,” he wrote for his Gazette essay.
Erwin also served on the Delaware County Bank student board of directors last year. He said he found the experience “neat.”
“It was very interesting to see how a bank works. To learn about the different kinds of monetary fraud as well as stocks and bonds,” he said.
Erwin would like to get a job before high school graduation. With all his volunteer activities, he has never had the time to hold an actual job.
Another significant event in Erwin’s senior year so far was his election to Hayes’ homecoming court.
“It was a bit of a surprise,” he said. “I wanted to see how I would do. I thought it would be interesting. I did not actually expect to be on homecoming court,” he said.
Erwin is the son of Erwin Jr., and Pamela of Delaware.