Meet APS Class of 2015: Trendarius Edwards Simmons – Frederick Douglass High School

by Kimberly Willis Green

Trendarius Edwards Simmons is a graduating senior at Frederick Douglass High School. Born to the late Cheree and Edward Simmons, Trendarius is a native of Atlanta.  At the age of 12, Trendarius lost his mother to her second fight with breast cancer.  This tragic loss motivated him to do well in school and granted him a purpose in life.  He realizes that in addition to graduating from high school, he also needs to persevere because he knows it was a high expectation of his mother.

Trendarius Simmons Frederick Douglass High School
Trendarius Edwards Simmons
Frederick Douglass High School

“Trendarius is very intentional about seeking out great opportunities for himself and taking advantage of what is currently available, said Douglass High School Counselor Dr. Sheryl Neely. “He strikes that rare balance between, motivation, personality and performance that denotes a well-rounded and successful young student.”

At Douglass, Trendarius plays center field on the varsity baseball team, serves on The North Star newspaper staff and the school’s Audio Video Team for school productions and special events; and he is an Astro Band assistant. When asked about his college career, Trendarius says, “My collegiate goals are to obtain and secure a position on a college baseball team. I plan to major in sports medicine, with a minor in sports management. I am a good candidate for any school. In addition to my academic interests, I have known baseball since I was young. I have a love for the game.”

Trendarius’ passion for baseball motivates him to become successful. “I work extremely hard when it comes to baseball. What makes me different is that I do not care about the hard work that is required to become a member of a team or to solidify a position,” says Trendarius. “I have a passion for the game – I will never quit playing whether I make it to the big leagues or not; but hopefully, I will.” Trendarius plans to attend Lane College this fall and eventually pursue a career in the Minor and Major Baseball leagues.

Trendarius often thinks about the quote, “Without struggle there is NO progress,” by Frederick Douglass. “I live by that quote every day. It pushes me harder,” he adds.

Congratulations Trendarius!

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  1. “Let me give you a word of the philosophy of reform. The whole history of the progress of human liberty shows that all concessions yet made to her august claims, have been born of earnest struggle. The conflict has been exciting, agitating, all-absorbing, and for the time being, putting all other tumults to silence. It must do this or it does nothing. If there is no struggle there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom and yet deprecate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground, they want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters.”
    –Frederick Douglass

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