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Linsly Senior Alec Reed Takes ‘High Achiever’ to Another Level

June 27, 2013
The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

One might say that rising Linsly senior Alec Reed is a high achiever ... and mean it quite literally.

In fact, if Reed can't be found practicing on the soccer field or studying for an AP exam, he is probably fine tuning his flying skills as a licensed private pilot.

At 17, when many students are just getting used to having their driver's licenses, Reed has not only maintained a stellar grade point average and active involvement in The Linsly School community, both as a student leader and athlete, he also has become a licensed airplane pilot.

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Linsly School senior Alec Reed is shown with his parents, Scott and Laura Reed of Wheeling. Reed is a 4.0 student and plans to study biology and pre-med when he goes to college. He is also a licensed pilot.

But that's just for fun, because if you ask him what he wants to study in college, he will tell you biology and pre-med with aspirations of one day becoming a surgeon.

At Linsly, Reed has maintained a 4.0 grade point average, has earned first honors through every grading quarter, received Headmaster's Performance List distinction, and accumulated 15 First in Class awards for various courses. Reed is a member of the National Honor Society, National Junior Classical League Latin Honor Society, and serves as president of the West Virginia Junior Classical League.

He is a gold medal and summa cum laude recipient for his performance on the National Latin Exam, achieving a perfect score twice, and a repeated first place winner in the West Virginia Maier Latin Sight Translation Contest.

Outside the classroom, Reed plays varsity soccer and track and serves as vice president of the Linsly Key Club, secretary of the varsity forensics team, officer of the Linsly Fellowship of Christian Athletes Club, and editor of The Linsly Line, Linsly's student newspaper.

He also is a member of the Students Against Destructive Decisions Club, Classics Club, Model United Nations Club, and the Ski and Snowboard Club.

Reed is an active volunteer for the Ohio Valley Medical Center and Wheeling Symphony Orchestra, and has volunteered as a staff member for the West Virginia Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Seminar. Reed attended the West Virginia Governor's School for Mathematics and Science as a freshman, and he will be attending the West Virginia Governor's Honors Academy this year.

Reed is the recipient of the 2013 Basil G. Lockhart award, an award presented to the member of the junior class who has been selected as Linsly's Head Prefect for the current academic year.

The prefect system is Linsly's form of student government, which is comprised of outstanding seniors and a limited number of exceptional juniors who are selected on a points based system.

He is the son of Scott and Laura Reed of Wheeling. His brother, Michael, also attends Linsly and will be a sophomore in the fall.

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