Frenship salutatorian gives school his best effort

Shane Metzler enjoys a challenge, but he said he did not start his freshman year of high school thinking he was going to go for the top academically.

“My goal was to try my hardest, and this is what I got out of it,” the newly named salutatorian of Frenship High School said. “Getting good grades is hard work.”

Shane said he is competitive, even driven. But being salutatorian was just a by-product of giving school his best effort.

“I never aim for second-best,” said Shane.

While he is second in his class, he said he is not disappointed.

Next year, he will attend Texas Tech, stating that he is excited about attending the school because he grew up in Lubbock and is a Red Raider fan.

He plans to major in chemical engineering, although he does not ultimately plan to be an engineer.

“It’s challenging, and I wanted something challenging, but it also meets the requirements for medical school,” said Shane.

The salutatorian said his interest in medicine began in his sophomore year. The following summer, he volunteered at UMC, and it solidified his desire to become a doctor.

Shane said his education at Frenship has been more than adequate.

“I think Frenship’s a great school,” he said. “It’s just a great learning atmosphere.”

His advice to freshmen at FHS is, “Stay focused on your goals.”

During his time at FHS, Shane was involved in Future Problem Solvers, National Honor Society and Chess Club.

Outside of school, he volunteered through NHS and played in chess tournaments, winning one in Dallas last year.

Shane is the son of Mike and Heidi Metzler. He is the second of four children, including Matthew, Amanda and Michael.

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