NCHS graduate Dawson Metcalf has signed on to compete with the Adrian College Esports team.
Metcalf, who graduated in May, said he is ready to show what he can do.
“I have played a lot of games over my lifetime, and I was looking into joining a team,” he said.
Metcalf will play for the college’s Counter Strike Global Offensive team. The game is one of his personal favorites to play currently.
According to the school’s site, the first week for the game’s competition will be held on Oct. 8.
Metcalf said his days will be filled with practices after his classes in anticipation of that first contest.
Adrian College, located in Adrian, MI, launched its esports program during the 2020-21 academic year.
Metcalf said he started playing games like Minecraft and Call of Duty. He then started getting into more computer games instead of titles on gaming consoles. He credits his older brother Julian for helping him make the switch and finding a drive to get better.
“My brother played before I did,” Metcalf said. “I really looked up to him and I wanted to get better at it.”
Metcalf, who plans to study computer science, said learning about technology requires patience.
“Every class that I’ve taken with computers , everyone wanted to go straight for the big stuff,” he said. “They didn’t want to take in the small stuff. It does not lead to success.”
Metcalf advises anyone to pursue what their interests are, no matter what anyone else says.
“Growing up, you can get a lot of people telling you that gaming was never going to go anywhere,” he said. “Now I get to tell them that they were wrong. That’s the best part about it. Even though some may say that, it can lead to some of your greatest passions. If you enjoy something, don’t ever let anyone stop you.”