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Well-rounded student: Reed senior aims for Valedictorian through sports, community service
by Garrett Valenzuela
Nov 05, 2012 | 14125 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Reed senior Cody Forman
Reed senior Cody Forman
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SPARKS — The race for Valedictorian is on at Reed High School as seniors are packing their schedules full of difficult academic classes, community service projects and anything else they can find to separate them from the field.

Cody Forman is one senior in the running for the top honor and he thrives on keeping busy by being a part of several communities. Whether it is the school community or the Sparks community, Forman aims to improve the world around him.

“Being a part of your community is definitely a big boost to yourself and to everyone around you,” Forman said. He has been involved in two primary community service projects with organizations who help children.

Think Kindness, an organization helping with hygiene in underprivileged children, and Miracles in Motion, an organization that builds hand-pedaled bikes for disabled children, are his two main projects. Forman is also a coach at Gymnastics Nevada where he works with young children, which he says in a very rewarding job.

“I love working with all the little kids. They have all these different personalities that are interesting to cope with,” he said. “You get to know them on a level that a lot of people don’t. It is good experience for down the road when I have my own family.”

Forman recently finished up a busy cross country season for the Raiders, finishing seventh in the state finals out of 76 competitors. As the upcoming track and field season approaches, he said running is a great way for him to feel unbound.

“My favorite part about running in general is being out there and having nothing holding you back. You can kind of go out and do whatever you want on a run,” Forman said, adding that the end of his high school cross country career is a strange feeling. “It’s disheartening almost because going through all those four years with the other seniors, it is going to be a different experience being away from them.”

Forman said he has a second family with members of the teams he has competed on. He said in his Intermezzo class, though they are not considered a team, the vibe is very “family oriented.”

“We have these nights where we come into the school and hang out for five to six hours and just play games or sit and talk about what is going on in everyone’s lives,” he said. “We have a support system where we can help them in those aspects. The best part is knowing that everybody is on the same page and there to pick you up when you’re feeling down. It is very much like your sports team where everyone is there for a common cause. Everyone is there to be your friend and be your family.”

Forman said his post high school plans will largely depend on his chances to run competitively in college. He cited Southern Utah University and Northern Arizona University as places he would like to attend for academics, sports and proximity to his hometown.  

“I would like to stay close to home because I want to be with my family as often as I can,” he said. “Anywhere that will provide me with a great opportunity is a place I would look into though, even if it were on the east coast.”

Forman plans to major in biology and hopes to become an orthopedic surgeon and have a minor in Spanish when he is finished with college. He said his foreign language skills will punch a pay raise ticket in his field and that biology is one of the subjects he finds fascinating, especially this year.

“I have always been a well-rounded student and there have been several subjects that have piqued my curiosity. Biology has been the top this year,” he said adding that his motivation comes largely from his supporting cast. “All four years I have had amazing teachers and they are always pushing me to do better and they have always wanted to see all their students do well. My mom and my dad are definitely big advocates of the education system as well. They are big advocates of my sporting and education and getting out in the community to help out.”
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