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Reid Eakin is anx­iously await­ing to dive into the field of chem­i­cal en­gi­neer­ing.

“I’ve al­ways like tak­ing math and sci­ence classes,” said Eakin, who will en­ter the Univer­sity of Arkansas, Fayet­teville this fall. “And I re­ally en­joyed my chem­istry class my se­nior year. My dad’s de­gree is in petroleum en­gi­neer­ing, but af­ter talk­ing with him, I de­cided chem­i­cal en­gi­neer­ing was a bet­ter choice for me be­cause it’s a broader area when it comes finding a job.”

Eakin, who grad­u­ated with hon­ors from Wynne High School, was named all-con­fer­ence for the Yel­low­jack­ets in both his ju­nior and se­nior sea­sons. The right fielder/first base­man bat­ted .321 last spring and was named the team’s de­fen­sive player of the year.

Eakin had planned on spend­ing some time pitch­ing this sea­son but suf­fered an el­bow in­jury in the sea­son’s first game.

“It didn’t af­fect my hit­ting, but I couldn’t pitch,” Eakin said. “I could play the out­field be­cause you only have about four throws from right field ev­ery game. I did have to change my throw­ing mo­tion.”

Eakin also served two years as pres­i­dent of the school’s Robotic Club.

“Our pro­gram is only four years old but it’s got­ten pro­gres­sively bet­ter ev­ery year,” Eakin said. “You learn where you messed up and you learn what needs to be fixed. You learned while you had fun.”

Eakin said he had many chal­leng­ing classes but that his Ad­vanced Place­ment chem­istry class best pre­pared him for his fu­ture.


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