EHS had its graduation exercises May 26.

Metzler, the daughter of Karl and Kathy Metzler, said it was not a surprise to her that she became valedictorian, though she was excited to learn she was in the running for the top honor.

“I’ve been trying to get college scholarships, and they want to see your transcripts, and I was trying to keep my grades up,” she said. “I was glad when the finalists were announced.”

She said having a little faith and lots of hard work was the secret to her success.

“My dad always told me to work hard at everything, and that was the factor I applied to my life in everything,” she said. “I kept an optimistic attitude, which wasn’t easy sometimes ... Work hard and have a positive attitude, and everything will be great.”

Metzler said her time at Era High School was pleasant and the only thing she would change at the school would be offering more dual-credit college and high school courses to “help get more of your first year of college over with.”

Outside of studying, Metzler was involved in basketball, cross country, tennis track and competed in several meets at various levels. She once advanced to the regional meet in tennis.

She served as president of both the BETA Club, a service organization, and the Era chapter of the National Honor Society.

She said she plans to attend University of Texas at Dallas to possibly major in computer science.

She said Deann Black, a computer teacher at EHS, sparked her fascination for the digital domain.

Metzler said high school is a time to decide what you want to do in your career, and for students to take full advantage of their education.

“It goes by fast,” she said.

Barron, the daughter of Jane Barron, was not available for comment.

She participated in the BETA Club, Future Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), BEST robotics team and various UIL events, according to information from the school.

She was a member of the school choir and the National Honor Society.

She plans to attend North Central Texas College.

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