Hayes’ Mungovan sees future in education
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Hayes High School senior Audrey Mungovan knows for certain that she will major in education. What she isn’t sure about is if it will be elementary education, music education or as an environmental teacher.
“We always played school when we were little and I always wanted to be the teacher,” Audrey said. “I love the little kids.”
Having shadowed both at the elementary and middle school levels, she learned she prefers the younger students.
“It made me realize, I really like the little kids,” she said. While leaning toward elementary education, she has not ruled out environmental teaching, which would allow her to work for a parks system. Audrey noted that while education is not a high-paying field, it is one that would bring her the most satisfaction.
“No matter what the price, I want to be a teacher,” she said.
Audrey is considering Miami University, Otterbein University and Dennison University.
I like Miami,” she said, adding that her parents are a “Miami merger,” having met at the school. Her older sister is attending Miami now and her uncle attended there as well.
Audrey will learn in early February if she is accepted into the academic program at Miami. She also needs to audition before being considered for the music program.
“I want to keep singing, playing,” Audrey said. She has played the viola in the school’s strings program since fourth grade.
“My dream is to go to Ireland. I want to learn to play the fiddle. I love Irish music,” she said.
Participating in Hayes Players, Audrey performs on the viola with the group playing classical and pop. She also performs with Hayes Singers and with the symphonic choir.
Hayes Players performs at a lot of holiday parties, she said, along with other venues.
“The one thing I will miss the most will be playing in a quartet,” she said.
Stacy Lemke, orchestra director at Hayes, said, “Audrey has been an outstanding violist since she started playing in fourth grade strings. She played with perfect posture and positions from the beginning which is something you rarely see. Audrey also performed with great musical expressiveness from an early age as well. She has a great attitude and has generously given her time by performing at numerous community events as violist in the Hayes String Quartet and as a member of Hayes Singers. It’s very rewarding to have such a talented and dedicated student in our music department.”
Audrey also played varsity tennis all four years in high school. She was the team’s co-captain and won MVP this year. She set a school record for the most wins ever for a girl, with 44 wins.
“It’s a sport I can have all my life. The coaches want you to improve and have fun. It’s a fun place to be,” she said.
Audrey is currently Key Club co-president, which allows her to do community service through the Kiwanis. Her work with the club includes raffling off baskets to students to raise money for prenatal tetanus and making sleeping bags for the homeless.
She is also involved in thespians. She has been in school plays in previous years and plans to try out for a musical this year. Audrey said she would like to be more involved in the music honor society, but it meets the same time as Key Club.
Audrey is also a member of National Honor Society, participates in Make a Difference Day and babysits in her spare time.
As part of a class project, Audrey held two art camps for neighborhood children aged 4 to 10 to raise money for the Arts Castle. The youngsters got to see the end result of their work when they raised $100 for the Arts Castle; they also made a collage wreath of their hands which was presented to the Arts Castle.
“The Arts Castle was a big part of my life when I was young, so it was nice to give back,” Audrey said.
Audrey also volunteers at various schools throughout the district, shadowing at both Smith Elementary and Willis Intermediate School while also volunteering at Preservation Parks and Stratford Ecological Center.
“So for me, it’s like teacher academy. I think what I’m doing is good, and I have more freedom to do it,” she said.
Jennifer Chiles, is a first grade teacher with Delaware City Schools.
She said, “Audrey Mungovan is a hard working young lady. She comes into the classroom to volunteer her time and is always asking what she can do to help or what needs to be done. She loves working with the students. Audrey is also very reliable. She is very busy with school and all of her extra curricular activities. She is in the classroom when she says she is going to be and has given plenty of notice if for some reason things change. I am very excited for Audrey to be featured as the Teen of the Week. I hope she continues to pursue her interest in education. She does a great job working with the students in the classroom.”
In addition to her shadowing and volunteering, Audrey is taking government and economics, Hayes Players, physics, symphonic choir and Hayes Singers.
As for the remainder of her senior year, Audrey is looking forward to the basketball games, when the “Euclid Entourage” (the student section) supports the team dressing up with different themes. There is also the musical, she said, and just having fun, but still working to keep her grades high, she added.
She is also taking viola lessons weekly and practicing daily for her auditions at Miami.
“I was already able to participate with a Miami chamber group on a visit,” she said, adding that she hopes she can do so again.
Audrey offers the following advice to underclassmen.
“Just never give up. Stick with it, and have fun with it. Don’t care what other people think; if you love it, do it. And work hard always, but keep a positive attitude, too,” she said.
Being on her own next year and beginning the next stage of her life she said is “really exciting but nerve-racking at the same time. I’ll have to rely on myself, my decisions. It’s scary when you think about it.”
Audrey is the daughter of Diane and Michael Mungovan of Delaware.