Freeport seniors prepare for college life

Published: Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 04:44 PM.

Simmons, meanwhile, stayed busy throughout school with organizations such as Anchor club, where she recently served as president. She also was vice president of student government, and participated in Key Club, the National Honor Society as well as varsity softball coached by her father, Charlie. Through hard work and determination, she even managed to earn an honors/minority scholarship.

Charlie isn't the only parental unit working at the school. Simmons' mother, Donna, is an English teacher at Freeport High School. Donna and Charlie adopted Rani from India when she was 5-years-old. May 16 was her adoption anniversary.

"It's been 12 years and now I'm graduating and it feels like I just started school," she said. "It's been a blessing having their support right there. God truly blessed me."

As far as favorite memories, Homecoming is a big deal for many students. Duross counts all four years of Homecoming festivities as her most cherished memories. For Simmons, the 2013 Homecoming dance was particularly special, as she was crowned queen.

"It was a big honor for my classmates to vote for me as Homecoming queen," she said.

Being heavily involved in school was important to the two seniors. It was a way for the girls to socialize with friends and contribute to the school they loved.

"I thoroughly enjoyed it. In the end, it was all worth it," Simmons said of her busy schedule. "I want to expand my community service in college."

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