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A Raider through and through
by Garrett Valenzuela
May 06, 2013 | 3180 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Leah Pingle
Leah Pingle
SPARKS — Leah Pingle has grown up knowing Reed High School was going to be her academic home after seeing her two sisters go through four years at the east Sparks school.

Pingle, who is currently a sophomore, does not mirror her every move at Reed High to reflect her sisters’ experience, but she said it did help her plunge into many an activity around the school and that helped her get started in the clubs she plans to continue in during the coming years. Leadership, for instance, has become a major part of Pingle’s involvement in school and she said it was her sisters who piqued her interest in the class before she became “really interested in it.”

“I just really wanted to be involved because last year I wasn’t very involved, and it has definitely got me much more involved in school,” Pingle said. “I think spending so much time with the same group of people means they kind of become like a family to you. The relationships you build is the best part and that is awesome.”

Pingle said seeing her sisters go through Reed High only strengthened her bond with the school, and in her nearly two years at the school she has found the culture at RHS to be one of its best features.

“Since my sisters went to Reed, I have grown up having school spirit and loving this school,” Pingle said. “The thing I love about it most and that is easy to take away is we have such a diverse school. We have people from all different religions and cultures and it gives you a very good experience of what the real world is like by having to deal with all types of people. It all ties together for my future.”

Pingle is working through a schedule full of five Honors courses as well as a junior varsity softball season. She also holds a spot in Student Council as a representative for the sophomore class and added that she would like to run for student council treasurer in the future to round out her high school resume.

Pingle related her time on the softball team at Reed to being a part of the Leadership class in the sense that teamwork and trust play major roles in finding success in both.

“The part I like the most (about softball) is you play for your team and it is not an individual sport,” she said. “You have to work together and you really have to trust the people you are playing with, so the teamwork part of it is the most fun for me.”

Outside of school, Pingle stays “highly active” in Sierra Bible Church in Reno where she embraces the role of ‘big sister’ in the youth ministry program. In addition to playing piano and singing for the worship team at the church, she joins her parents, who play influential roles there as well, for what she called “family time to help out the church.”

“I try to teach (younger children) the fundamentals of our religion,” Pingle said, “And also be there for them when they need support because even kids in junior high can be going through a lot. So being there as a support system is important to me.”

Pingle said her post-graduation plans are in a tentative stage for the moment but she said the medical field has been broadly defined in her future. Anesthesiology is her “ultimate goal” and she said the University of Nevada, Reno will likely be the school of choice for her undergraduate degree, but following UNR things remain uncertain.

“My mom is an oncology nurse so I have kind of been surrounded by nursing and the medical life for a long time,” Pingle said, “I started looking into it more and I discovered I want to be able to help people and help them feel better. I think helping people not feel pain and keeping them sedated so they don’t have to feel anything is interesting to me.”
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