Hayes' Metzger seeks literary career
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For Hayes High School senior Audrey Metzger, leaving high school will be bittersweet.
“It will be nice to be able to leave to go on to specific things. I got a lot from high school, but it will be nice to go to a different place and do a lot more, see a lot more,” she said.
That includes seeing a lot more of Eugene Lang College, a division of The New School in Greenwich Village in New York City. Audrey submitted her application to the college over the weekend. She’s interested in the school’s literary studies program.
Audrey plans to take the writing course track to pursue her goal to be a poet. She realizes that her choice may not bring her financial rewards but said, “My future has a lot more to do with happiness than money.”
She looks forward to the small school in the midst of a Bohemian community and the New York experience. She would take the subway wherever she needed to go and have a lot more people to interact with there, she said.
She is also considering Columbia, New York and Denison universities for her undergraduate work.
“I believe I was born to be a poet,” Audrey said. “I always enjoyed stories. I loved to read. I began writing stories at Willis.”
Audrey said she is in a different world when she writes.
“You are hard-wired a different way to view things. It can be a blessing and a curse,” she said.
Audrey hopes to work for a literary magazine in the poetry industry. She loves what literary magazines do for the artistic community.
“It’s very powerful, very creative within the writing community. It connects us all,” she said.
Audrey believes that while poetry is not a large part of curriculum in public schools, it should be. She has been trying to establish a separate class with elementary but it has not taken off yet.
“Poetry is so essential to everything. It’s so contemporary,” she said. “I’d like to bring it into school. Poetry is more relevant to everyone’s lives; you just have to find the poem that speaks to you.”
While her mother is a bit nervous about Audrey potentially going off to New York City, her parents support her decision, Aubrey said.
Sarah Ressler is Audrey’s English teacher.
“Audrey is a gifted writer; her poetry is truly remarkable and her lyrical depiction of everyday life has grown increasingly more complex over her four years at Hayes. She has won numerous poetry awards and continues to impress me with her dedication to language. Audrey is also an outstanding analytical writer; as a sophomore she earned a 5 on the AP United States history exam and again as a junior earned a 5 on the AP Language and Composition exam. Currently Audrey remains a stellar student in my AP Literature class this year,” Ressler said.
English teacher Ryan Schey agrees with Ressler. He describes Audrey as “a phenomenal young filmmaker” who has produced work to help with community organizations (she co-produced promotional/informational videos used for the Delaware City Schools levy campaign and for the United Way of Delaware County).
“In addition, she co-produced a short film that was featured last spring at the Wexner Center for the Arts in their ‘Ohio Shorts’ film festival (for the youth division). Beyond these accomplishments, Audrey has been involved as a volunteer, teaching video production to elementary school students during the past two summers and also teaching a poetry/creative writing class to elementary and middle school students for her senior project this year.”
Schey added that he “can’t wait to see where her creativity, intelligence and dedication take her in the future.”
Audrey’s poetry ranges from progressive to story-oriented, and she has even written some abstract. But she said most of her work is story-oriented now.
“I enjoy writing stories. Everything is a story,” she said.
Audrey said her favorite poets are the Beats, specifically Allen Ginsberg.
“He kind of invented an art form. He’s a weird idol to have,” she said, adding that she also likes Pablo Neruda, who writes on war and love.
Audrey has been published in Teen Ink six times. She also recently won an award in the local Red Cross writing contest.
This year, Audrey is taking advanced placement government, advanced placement literature, physics, symphonic choir, Russian online and video production. She also has the first study hall of her high school career.
She explained why she is taking Russian.
“Because it is such a mystery; it’s so old. There is so much history. The stories are rich, the culture is different and they are very happy people. They sing all the time.”
The past two summers Audrey has volunteered in the city schools summer enrichment academy working with youth on video projects.
“Video is my second favorite thing to do. It’s fun to see their (the youth’s) ideas,” she said.
She also volunteers through the National Honor Society, coordinating a PIN food drive and working on bake sales for plays.
As a member of the Tri-M Honor Society, Audrey helps with recycling around the school and with a benefit concert the honorary music society puts on.
On being a senior, Audrey said she is looking forward to being done with the year.
“It’s nice, but I’m not able to slack off, so I’m just waiting for it to be over, enjoy the summer and get on with the rest of my life,” she said.
For the upcoming summer, she hopes to work as a beverage lady driving the golf cart on a golf course.
She offers the following advice to underclassmen.
“Don’t take it so seriously, because I did. Have fun. High school can be fun, I promise. Take hard classes but don’t freak out about it, I did. Take it easy. Don’t slack, balance is the key. High school is a good place to find it.
Audrey is the daughter of Mary and Chad Metzger of Delaware.