Alongside family, coaches, and representatives from South Texas Independent School District (STISD), Claire Reed, a senior at South Texas ISD Health Professions in Mercedes, formalized her intent to play Women’s Soccer at the University of Dallas in Irving on Feb. 8 at a signing ceremony at her former middle school campus: South Texas ISD Rising Scholars Academy (RSA) in San Benito.
Background Information about Claire Reed:
Claire Reed started playing soccer through the Freedom FC in Harlingen when she was five years old, and since that time has continued to prioritize the sport in her life.
She joined STISD as a 7th-grader at RSA in San Benito, and she played soccer with the RSA Lady Rockets through the Texas Charter School Academic and Athletic League (TSCAAL) for two years, helping the team win back-to-back state championships under coaches Denise Ochoa and Amy Benavidez.
With a goal of pursuing a future in medicine, Reed opted to attend South Texas ISD Health Professions (Health Professions) in Mercedes for high school, where she has taken full advantage of the available health science programs, while playing soccer through the Rio Grande Valley Toros/Classics Elite, in which she competed from freshman year through junior year under coaches Daniel Reyna and Luis Gutierrez.
During her first year playing high school soccer, Reed was voted the Valley Morning Star’s 32-6A Newcomer of the Year and New Player of the Year by her Cardinal teammates. Playing under Coach Debra Galvan and Coach Isabel Jimenez, Reed helped the team reach the second round of playoffs for the first time in 11 years.
In her junior year of high school, she was called up to play with Classics Elite and compete in the most competitive girls soccer league in the nation, also known as the Elite Clubs National League, or ECNL. While playing with this team, she traveled to Arizona, Colorado, Florida and Oklahoma to compete in front of college coaches from all over the nation.
Despite her busy soccer schedule, Reed kept her eye on the ball in her studies as well, maintaining her grades to remain in the top 20 percent of her class and participating in the Health Professions Pharmacy Technician program. She made campus history when she became the first Health Professions student to verbally commit to playing collegiate sports in their junior year of high school.
Even experiencing her senior year in the middle of a pandemic, she continues adding to her record of success. This year, she was named an Advanced Placement (AP) Scholar and a Words of Thanks Ambassador, and participated as a member of the National Honor Society, National Technical Honor Society, HOSA- Future Health Professionals, and the Lower Valley Junior Cotillion.
Reed aspires to become a dermatologist or plastic surgeon. Among the university’s many other distinctions, with an 85 percent acceptance rate for pre-med students into medical school – two times the national average for medical school acceptance – Reed determined the University of Dallas in Irving (UD) would be the perfect field for her future game plan. As the university plays under the Division 3 sector of NCAA sports, Reed was unable to receive any kind of athletic scholarship; however, she received over $100,000 in academic scholarships directly from UD.