NEW MATAMORAS –Lukas Reed is an 18 year old senior at Frontier High School where he has a 4.0 and is on track to be co-valedictorian of his graduating class.
He attends Washington State Community College full-time as a College Credit Plus student in the electrical engineering technology program. He is a two-year member of the National Honor Society, a three-year member of the FFA, he is active in his church youth group at Lawrence Baptist Church and has volunteered with the Gospel Mission Food Pantry. Reed is also a member of the Frontier High School golf team.
“It’s a hard game,” Reed said. “Probably one of the hardest games out there, I feel like.”
Reed said he got his start on the golf course with his grandfather about five years ago.
“He taught me pretty much everything I know,” Reed said.
Reed said he and his grandfather would go golfing about 100 times a year and kept all the score cards.
“Starting off, he won a lot,” Reed said. “But now, I don’t think he can beat me.”
Reed said the thing that attracts him to golf the most is the variety of each shot that has to be taken in the game. He said he’s always faced with a different diversity on the course. He said it was a real challenge to get his swing together and one of the best feelings in the game is hitting a pure shot, or making a long putt.
“Putting is probably the hardest part of the game,” Reed said. “I’m not a very good putter. That’s the weakest part of my game. I feel like a lot of people would say that. Because if you have a good putting game, you can make up a lot of strokes.”
Reed said he has been showing rabbits at the county fair with FFA since he was 9, and was part of the parliamentary procedure program and The Wildlife Habitat Education Program (WHEP), where he said he placed sixth in the state for wildlife identification. He said he still uses the things he learned in WHEP today, especially identifying ducks.
“My buddy wants me to get into duck hunting with him, and when you’re duck hunting, you have to know what ducks you’re shooting,” Reed said. “There’s a lot of ducks. There’s a bunch. You got puddle ducks, you got diver ducks, you got ducks that look like ducks but they’re not. They’re just regular birds but they look like ducks.”
Reed said he enjoys spending his free time fishing and hunting. He said he likes being out in nature and taking in the landscapes, and said turkey hunting was his favorite.
“They’re probably one of the smartest birds, people probably don’t realize that,” Reed said. “An old mature turkey, it’s tough.”
He said he enjoys bass fishing the most, with the constant motion and action being the draw to that, but also said he likes fishing for walleye and catfish, and will visit Devols Dam often to throw a line in.
“Normally you catch something there,” Reed said. “I’ve always heard the adage, ‘If you can catch a fish in the Ohio River, you can catch a fish anywhere.’ It’s one of the tougher spots, not a whole lot of fish. But yeah, Devols Dam, whether striper, walleye, catfish, I think I’ve caught a small-mouth there before. It’s a pretty good spot.”
Reed said he enjoys fishing with his father and visiting family in Mississippi, where his father is from.
“We’ll go down and stay with either my uncle or my grandpa, and fish, spend time with family,” Reed said. “It’s a sportsman’s paradise. It’s the best fishing in the world.”
Reed said he’s still thinking about his future after high school but Miami University offers a degree through WSCC he would like to obtain, and he wants to continue doing things with electricity.
“Electricity is pretty interesting,” Reed said. “There’s a lot of things that we do every day that require electricity, and we probably don’t even know it. Or what the world would be like if we didn’t even have electricity. It’s a big, big thing.”