Grandmother’s encouragement helps student focus on academic excellence (video)


Alex Simmons is an outstanding senior at South Oak Cliff High School and plans to attend the University of Texas at Austin. He credits his grandmother with helping push him toward excellence. 

“Ever since I was little, my grandmother’s always been a big influence on me for my education,” he said. “As I got older, I saw how much it was needed over sports. So I just stuck with academics, and she really motivated me to get it done .”

Besides concentrating on his academic studies, Simmons played football at SOC, was captain of the track team and participated in the chess club, mock trial and debate team.


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