Reed High School senior Adriana Newell has come to accept constantly being busy. Whether it’s keeping up with a difficult class schedule, planning community service projects for Leadership class or training for the upcoming track and field season, Newell said being involved in the school has presented many opportunities.
“From being at this school, I think you learn to get involved and I think being in high school its up to you to make it fun,” Newell said. “I think trying to be a part of student council you have to really try to be involved and get to the outcome you want when you graduate. I think getting involved has really defined a lot in high school because being the voice for your class for four years is pretty fun. You meet a lot of friends and you have a lot of ties to people and it’s just fun. You have to make it fun yourself.”
Newell’s role as captain of the varsity track team has helped propel her search for an athletic scholarship to compete at the college level. She has a busy month ahead as she plans to visit Arizona State University this month and the University of California at Berkeley on Nov. 3.
“The whole scholarship search and taking all my visits is getting kind of stressful, but I think I will start applying after I take all of my visits,” she said, adding that the University of Nevada, Reno is also on her list of schools, but won’t satisfy her desire to travel. “There is no reason not to take opportunities that are out of state and try to see where I can go with that.”
Newell said she will sign her letter of intent in February, a moment she anxiously awaits so she can run her senior track season with “the least amount of stress possible.”
Newell, who is the defending state champion in the 100 meters, said she plans to pursue a career in the medical field when she enters college and ultimately would like to study oncology, preferably with children. She said such a career would accomplish two of her life’s passions.
“I’ve always wanted to work with kids and my grandpa has passed away from cancer so I would like to be a pediatric oncologist or somewhere in that area,” she said.
The passing of Newell’s grandfather made for a stressful summer. Amidst her rehab from an injury at the state track and field championships and preparing for the National Junior Olympics in Texas, her family traveled to Virginia to attend the funeral. She said with so much going on she was unable to compete at the level she had hoped.
Newell said the stress of having so much going on can sometimes be overbearing, but she relies on her family and close friends to keep her on track.
“I don’t think I have found out my secret to handling stress because sometimes it is a lot, but I am pretty organized and I try to know what I am doing all the time,” she said. “I have a friend who is the vice president and I try to feed off her in whatever we are doing that moment. It works out pretty well and my brother is really supportive and he will help me with my homework. So I have a really good support system.”
Newell is currently planning community service projects for her classes, including work with the Food Bank of Northern Nevada and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
A project currently inside the school is raising money by selling “yuda bands” to help a local child battle a life-threatening disease.
“His sister goes here and his family graduated from here so its all based on Reed. So I thought we definitely need to do something to help them out,” she said.
Newell will graduate with her Honors diploma next spring.