For Tiare Fonoimoana, a senior at Reed High School, the approaching day to drive meant potential problems could soon arise. However, she found her solution inside Reed’s auto shop.
“My sophomore year when I was going into it, I knew I was going to be driving soon and I needed to know how to work on my own car in case something happens,” Fonoimoana said. “So I took the class. I was one of two girls in the class so it ended up being really awkward at first, but I ended up loving it. I like having it apply to everyday life because I work on all my family’s cars now and I love being able to learn with my hands in that environment.”
Now in her final year at Reed High, Fonoimoana has packed her academic and personal schedules to include four advanced classes, peer tutoring in Geometry, two jobs and a spot on the state-contending Track and Field team. She said improvement in her time-management skills has allowed her to take on more commitments in her final year.
“Last year helped because my schedule really fell apart so I had to work on time management the past couple months and it has really paid off,” she said.
Fonoimoana said her previous three years on the Track and Field team were some of her best, attending the State Championships in all three years. She is working toward a scholarship to continue running in college at Brigham Young University-Hawaii where she plans to study medicine.
“I love taking care of people. With my dad having so many things wrong with him, and my grandpa having a ton of surgeries, I was helping take care of them. Iit made me want to get into that field and learn more about it,” she said.
Fonoimoana said emergency response would likely be her defined field because of her ability to handle pressure in intense situations. She pointed to her family history as the source of her fine-tuned skills.
“I have three little brothers so there is a lot of pressure with taking care of them and making sure they don’t get hurt or do anything wrong,” Fonoimoana said. “Stressful situations I have been exposed to throughout my life I think have really helped me.”
Fonoimoana’s backup plan for college lies at Universal Technical Institute (UTI) in Sacramento, Calif. where she could earn a degree in Automotive Repair to help support herself through college.
As she continues to keep busy, Fonoimoana works with the Northern Nevada Junior Volleyball Club as a coach and she is interning at Zinser Photography in Reno. She is a part of the Academic Olympics at Reed this year, specializing in current events and sports. Her free time, though it is limited, is always spent at home.
“In my free time I am usually at home taking care of my family. I try to be with them as much as possible,” she said.