Holly Simmons Interview by Zoe D’Angelo Nomination & Photography by Daniel Simmons Photography Issue 18 | Sports Florida
The Nomination: Holly Simmons is a busy girl! She plays soccer, rides horses, plays drums and guitar, and still finds ways to volunteer! She was homeschooled from 3rd grade and graduated 7 months early. She gave over 200 hours to the American Red Cross while stationed with her parents overseas at RAF Mildenhall.
What were your experiences like being home schooled?
I really enjoyed homeschooling a lot. It opened the world for me in ways that it wouldn’t have if I had gone to a regular school. My experiences were unique. I had a lot of opportunities to travel and go out learning things hands on and I really enjoyed that. While we were in England for 4 years on military orders, I didn’t have to stay on a rigid school schedule, but rather, I could have a flexible one and, because of that, I got to have so many different experiences. I was also able to graduate a year earlier than most. I have to say, it did come with its challenges despite all these positives.
Tell me about your volunteering opportunities.
While we were in England, I really enjoyed volunteering for the Red Cross. Every summer, I was always helping through them. It stared at the Library on Mildenhall, I was always reading books, so getting to learn about how a library works internally sounded like a good opportunity. I went from volunteering at the Library to the Youth Center on Lakenheath. I adored those kids, and they were sad to see me go which made it even more rewarding because it showed they really enjoyed my company. The following year, I went to the Pediatric Care center in the hospital on Lakenheath where I found my true passion; Sports Medicine-like subjects.
What were your some of your favorite extracurricular activities?
I had a few favorite activities that I enjoyed doing. Riding horses, playing soccer, and playing instruments were my favorite out of all of them. When I was 6, I started playing soccer. I lettered as a sophomore in soccer while I was on the travel varsity team with Lakenheath High School and continued playing with another team as soon as we got back in the states.
I also got into playing the guitar at age 6. Two years later, in 2008, I started getting into playing the drums and was always told that I was my teacher’s fastest learner and I always amazed him. During this same year, I was given horse riding lessons for my 8th birthday and it was a passion that never died. To this day, I still ride, and I want it to follow me throughout my life.
What are your plans for the future?
I would like my future plans to involve being part of an equestrian team and to compete for Auburn university. I have taken a heightened interest in studying the biomedical field and becoming an equine vet. I love being around horses and I want to pursue something that I am passionate about for the rest of my life.
Holly will be featured in Issue 18 of Inspiring Teens Magazine.