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Brotherly motivation
by Garrett Valenzuela
Oct 29, 2012 | 2649 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Reid Enochson
Reid Enochson
SPARKS — Reed High School is very much a home for junior Reid Enochson. He keeps himself busy as an active member of the Leadership class and baseball team while pursuing his Honors diploma.

Enochson’s fuel: staying out of the shadow created by his older brother, Heyden. Though he has walked in a couple of his brother’s high school footsteps, Reid said he hopes to find similar success upon graduation.

“My brother has a big part to play in (my motivation). When we moved away, he stayed here and went to college at UNR and he thrived,” he said. “He has done so well the last couple of years so I have put up high expectations for myself. I almost don’t want to be the overshadowed younger brother. I’ve got to put up a fight.”

Reid maintains a close relationship with his brother and, as he inches closer to graduation, is anxious to embark on the next segment of his life. Reid said he hopes to continue his education in the medical field as a dentist or a physical therapist.

“My mother worked as a doctor’s assistant and she knows a lot about what I would consider questions you find on Jeopardy,” Reid said. “Also my grandfather was a dentist, so it is in my blood. It does take a lot of time and dental school is really expensive, but it pays well and, from what I have heard, it is a very rewarding job.”

Reid said he would like to complete his undergraduate degree in Reno before deciding where to attend dental school. Though it pains him to say so, he may venture south to find an optimal program.

“I am thinking UNR, definitely, for my undergrad and then I am very aware that UNLV, even though it is the Rebels, has a stellar dental program,” he said.

Reid hopes that a baseball scholarship will help alleviate some of the cost in college, drawing on the experience of his father who played baseball for the University of Nevada, Reno. Reid is also hoping to participate in wrestling this year if he is medically cleared to do so. He has experienced trouble in the past having his ears cleared to compete in wrestling.

“I am 100 percent deaf in my left ear and I have a hearing implant that creates a lot of issues with wrestling,” he said turning his head to show a small black mechanism stuck just behind his ear. “Basically what it does is steal the hearing from my right side and tricks my brain into hearing from the left side. It is pretty awesome technology. It introduced me to the medical field as well.”

Reid said an accident at age 5 left him with a fractured skull and a severed hearing nerve. He said “it is painful, but it kind of makes me who I am.”

Reid said he plays baseball year-round on a travel team, but much of his focus is currently placed on Leadership class activities. He said the class works as a conduit for school involvement and has been a major reason for his success.

“I guess you could kind of say (Leadership) is a club, but we are more close like a family. It is a big part of my world here and it is definitely more of a way of life I would say,” he said adding high praise for his advisors. “Mrs. Roni Green and Mrs. Kyle Cassinelli do incredible things. Everybody in the Leadership class looks up to them and they are very inspirational to say the least. They have kind of taught me that the biggest thing to have is people skills. If you have people skills you can do just about anything. I think that will transfer over to college life and so will the organizational skills they have taught me in Leadership.”
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