ELIDA — Garrett Simmons, an 18-year-old senior that’s graduating from Elida High School, mixes his love of sports with theatre and science as he looks to the next phase in his life.
Simmons was a member of the swim team at EHS for four years and also ran cross country for three years. But he calls being in the Elida theater department’s annual musical the “highlight of my high school career”.
Simmons is planning on attending Cedarville University to pursue a degree in mechanical engineering.
“I like the way that things work,” he said.
He has a strong math background to help him when he gets to college.
“I don’t want to brag or anything, but math is fun. I like math,” he said.
The variety of interests helps him utilize both sides of his brain, the creative side and the analytical side.
“The musical and stuff is just really fun. It just comes naturally, whereas, all the math stuff — there’s a lot of studying with that. Keeping grades up, but it’s all fun,” Simmons said.
Being involved in the swim team has taught him responsibility.
“Definitely — because with the swim team, we had the 4 a.m. practices and I’d have to get up earlier to get there. Showing up to those, oh boy, that was not fun,” he said.
It’s also taught him leadership.
“John Frueh and I we were captains this year. I was captain last year too. You’re just setting examples for everyone else and leading by example like showing the underclassmen the way things work and stuff,” Simmons said.
Simmons said he appreciated his time at Elida High School.
“We have a lot of good people at Elida. Most of them are really nice and accepting with other people. I think a lot of us are pretty close. We all have our little friend groups, but we can all get together like there’s not a lot of animosity between all of us so I think that’s pretty neat,” he said.
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