LIMA — Intrigued by chemical mixtures and reactions, one Lima Senior High School student intends to convert his knowledge of chemistry into a pharmaceutical career.
“From about sixth grade on, I really became interested in math and it has really stuck with me and I really like chemistry,” high school senior Aaron Reed said. “Chemistry is cool because you can see how certain chemicals do different things with different chemicals, I just love those reactions and it just sparked my interest in pharmacy. Plus pharmacy has that public relations side to it because I really like interacting with people.”
After graduation, the 17-year-old plans to attend The Ohio State University and earn a bachelor’s degree in pharmaceutical sciences and then apply for their pharmacy program to earn a doctorate degree in pharmacy.
“I would like to stay in Columbus and maybe work at a hospital because I am looking into more of the clinical side of pharmacy, working in a hospital with doctors and prescribing medicines to their patients,” Aaron said. “The retail side of pharmacy isn’t really what I want to do because I want to have a relationship with the people I’m helping.”
Pharmacy is a new venture for his family. His mother, Corrie, is a librarian and his father, Jeff, is a metallurgist. His 20-year-old brother, Casey, is earning a degree in communications from OSU and is expected to graduate in December.
The 6-foot, 4-inch and 245-pound senior attributed his love of sports to his grandfather and his love of music to his entire family.
“When I was born there was a baseball glove beside my room and he always pushed me to do everything I could to the best of my ability,” Aaronsaid of his mother’s father, Lyn Crosley. “He didn’t really care what I played as long as I played something and once I developed a love for baseball he really pushed me to get better, which is good because now it is my favorite sport and I love to play it, watch it and be around it.”
He said he also had the chance to play baseball with his brother jumping from T-ball to the third- and fourth-grade team.
While he competes in the 100-meter breaststroke and the 200-meter medley relay for the Lima Senior swim team during the winter, he also uses the winter to prepare playing catcher and first base for the Spartans in the spring.
In the fall, the three-sport athlete played keeper for the Spartan soccer team. He followed in the footsteps of his brother, who also defended the goal.
As for his singing ability, he followed his father, who sings at their church, and his maternal grandmother, Nan Crosley, who was involved in music in high school and college. His brother plays the drums and his grandfather sang while serving in the U.S. Army.
“I found out about seventh grade when I got into choir that I had some talent and then in the eighth grade my teacher pushed me to expand my knowledge of it,” Aaron said. “When the high school director Mr. [Steve] Popa came down and had tryouts for high school choir, I really thought this was my chance and it was as I was the only freshman in Masterworks, which is the highest ensemble at Lima Senior.”
The National Honor Society member also uses his voice as a member of the Spartaneers, Scarlet & Grey and the Spartan Four. He also is a member of DECA.
Reed, who is one of the top academic students in his class, attributes his success in academics, athletics and life to his parents.
“They taught me just to work hard in school because you really need to value your education,” Reed said. “When it comes down to it, you are not going to go anywhere in your life without an education. The world is always changing because at some point in your life you are going to have know how to further your education to stay relevant in your work field
“They also told me to follow my dreams,” he said. “Once you set a goal or a dream, chase after it and never stop until you can make it become a reality.”