METRO ALUMNI CONNECTION

Metro Graduates

SPECIAL EVENTS

Alumni Wanted for Career Day Presentations

Each year, Metro students participate in Career Day to learn from professionals about their path to their chosen career. Metro alumni are encouraged to participate as presenters and share their post high school experience with current middle or high school students.

This year's Career Day is scheduled for February 8, 2023. Presenters are wanted for two time frames: 8:15-9:45am OR 10:00-11:30am. If you would like to volunteer, please review the Career Day Invitation letter for details.

Tailgate Social September 30, 2022

Alumni Tailgate August 30

Members of all graduating classes are invited to join us for the first ever Metro Alumni Tailgate Party during Ohio State's Homecoming Weekend - Friday, September 30 at 5pm at Metro (1929 Kenny Road)

Catch up with old classmates and enjoy tailgate food! If you have contact with other alumni, invite them to come!

Let us know if you'll attend: Alumni Tailgate RSVP

ALUMNI INTERVIEWS

In an effort to remain connected to past graduates and tap into their expertise, an alumni association was created in the spring of 2022. Many ideas have been developed during the initial stages, from the first Metro Alumni Tailgate during OSU's 2022 homecoming weekend to monthly alumni stories posted on the school and alumni website - signs of a highly effective and thriving STEM community are exciting to watch.

Please take a few minutes to read the stories of Metro graduates and find out what they’ve been up to.

Morgan Johnson

Morgan Johnson, Class of 2013

Morgan is an attorney working for one of the world's largest and oldest law nonprofit organizations. Since 1970, The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has worked to ensure the rights of all people to clean air, clean water, and healthy communities. They also work to bring awareness and change to environmental and climate policy. Morgan’s work primarily involves challenging infrastructure projects that threaten our ability to meet climate goals as a nation. She attributes having a strong foundation in STEM for helping prepare her for the work she is doing. 

Interview with Anthony Alston, Director of External Affairs

Q: Did you always know this (being an attorney) is what you wanted to do?

Morgan: Not so precisely, but having a really strong background and foundation in science really shaped my interest in this work. For a long time, I was interested in issues that sat at the intersection of government and foreign policy as well as legal advocacy, but that all came after my initial interest in science and climate issues. Not long after my time at Metro and OSU, it became clear to me the path that I wanted to take. 

Q: Do you remember the Metro Habits? Do you ever think of them now?

Morgan: Yes, well it’s been a while since I’ve been asked that! I think I remember being inquiring, collaborating, and critical thinking, and while I might not be able to spell them all out, I know the spirit of the habits is something I carry with me in my life. The workplaces and experiences where I have felt most effective and have been most exciting for me - I think they’ve been congruent with those values. Also, I think they provide a good framework for you to think about your life and the impact you want to have in the world. 

Q:Please share one of your favorite memories from your time at Metro. 

Morgan: I remember having really interesting and diverse visitors. They would come and want to talk with you. We had folks from around the world who wanted to open schools with a similar approach. It was so exciting for me. I also remember giving tours. That was something I really enjoyed, as well as being given the opportunity to regularly reflect on the value of this approach and the experience. I look back at that time really fondly. I also remember that many of my peers were really self-driven and intrinsically motivated. It was so refreshing to me and it made me want to be the best, most creative, and most caring version of myself. I was really grateful to go to school with those folks and to now see what some of them are doing. 

Q: Did you participate in a Pathway (Early College Experience)? 

Morgan: I actually think there was an option for me to do something different. I opted to do the John Glenn College of Public Affairs program for HS seniors (at Ohio State). I took classes at OSU my junior year and interned at the Ohio State House my senior year. I love that Metro allowed me to do something that was a really cool, customized fit that allowed me to tap into my best STEM skillset and nurture a passion of mine, and I can say without a doubt that I probably wouldn’t be walking the path I am on without that experience.

Q: What advice would you give to students who may want to pursue a similar career?

Morgan: My advice to a student … would be to dream big, but plan a bit. I think it is totally possible and achievable for anybody to walk on a path that they want, particularly a path of service. And I think it is a great mindset to operate on the limit of “if I can plan it, visualize it, and try it, I can do it.” Also, don’t be afraid to ask people questions about the things you are interested in. 

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Metro would love to connect with you for opportunities to share your knowledge, experience and professional accomplishments with current students.

We welcome graduates to participate in annual events like Career Day, Design Challenge judging, or to serve as connectors with area businesses and organizations for student programs (internships, mentorships, camps, etc.)

Please submit the Alumni form or contact Mr. Anthony Alston (alston@themetroschool.org) to learn more!

ALUMNI NEWS

Miles Marchese

Making Good on a Promise

Before his graduation in 2016, Miles Marchese shared his dream of becoming a police officer with a Metro teacher. As a student at an early college high school, he anticipated disappointment at the fact his plans did not involve enrollment at a four year university. Instead, he received a challenge: "The next time you come into this building, I expect to see you in uniform."

Challenge accepted.

In September of 2022, Officer Marchese stopped by Metro to make good on his promise, proving there are many paths to success for graduates of Metro Early College High School.

Quentin & Andrea Pruneau

Pruneu Family Establishes Alumni Scholarship

In 2021, the Pruneau family decided to share some of the blessings they have received from the construction industry by establishing a scholarship through the Builders' Exchange Foundation. While the construction culture has become more inclusive over the years, the Pruneau Family Scholarship is intended to assist and attract a more diverse population of future professionals to the industry. Priority consideration for the scholarship will be given to applicants who are graduating seniors or graduates of Metro Early College High School and are African American and/or female.

Quentin Pruneau is a member of Metro's class of 2015.

Electrion Team

Metro Siblings Create Mobile Energy Solutions

Jacob Buaful (class of 2017) and his brother Caleb (class of 2018) worked with two additional OSU engineering students to create a start-up called Electrion. The entrepreneurial group researched and worked on solutions to mobile energy needs, and the result is a company that provides turnkey mobile energy storage services and solutions.

Jacob shared, "Clean mobile energy is costly in the consumer market and automotive companies pay high prices to recycle batteries with high usable capabilities. Electrion creates a synergy by presenting a cost-effective and sustainable option to several spaces by repurposing second-life automotive battery packs."