SOCASTEE, SC (WMBF) - Some would say Kiera Simmons, a senior, at Socastee High School, has more on her plate than most adults.
Still, she manages to get it done because she is focused on her future.
Kiera Simmons plays on the varsity volleyball team and runs track. Additionally, she is in clubs such as Mu Alpha Theta, the National Honor Society and the National English Honor Society. She said she is using every opportunity to better prepare for future endeavors.
"I don't want to end up with a bad future, and at the same time it's all for myself," she said. "I have the opportunity to be blessed, and I'm going to take that opportunity. God has blessed me with many opportunities and there is no need to let them go to wasted."
Simmons is at the top of the class of 2017, currently maintaining a grade point average above a 5.0.
"I'm in the top 1 percent, and I am very excited to see if I will be valedictorian or not," she said.
Simmons has a full plate, but she is determined to focus on the future and she uses that as her motivation.
"It's basically just being able to motivate myself and knowing what should come first, like if I have something that is due the next day, of course that's what I'm going to do first," she said. But some things that can be pushed back, you can do that as well."
Another program on her plate is mentoring to young girls.
"It's about girls appreciating their ethnicity," Simmons said. "I help with the girls and help them to encourage themselves."
She is also dedicated to helping others and her community.
"We did some things like food in the Greenville community, we also did things with Project Linus, which is making blankets and stuff, where we give to people that have burned down homes," Simmons said. "We've collected a whole bunch of books for a book drive, made book marks, just simple things like that I truly believe help with the community. "
Simmons has maintained an "A" average since the third grade. For her, it hasn't been difficult, but she's glad to see her hard work paying off.
"My work ethic has always stayed the same, and each year I knew it had to step up just a little bit," she said. "Being able to prioritize and balance myself and stay away from being stressed and having fun as well. It's just all falling into place."
Simmons has been accepted to several colleges, including Howard University. She plans to study biology to become a pediatric physical therapist.