The delicious Rowdy Reindeer cookies that painter/sculptor/cake artist Kim Simons baked for LHS seniors taking Composition 1 and Speech classes were not the only things the students could chew on. They also received some lively lessons from someone who obviously has an appetite for life.
Simons, a Liberty graduate, has been featured regularly on The Food Network’s Cake Wars, Duff Till Dawn, Outrageous Wedding Cakes, and Sugar Dome. She’s also guested on Telemundo’s Buenos Dias Nueva York, and created gigantic food art pieces in places like Busch Gardens and SeaWorld. Dessert Professional magazine named her as one of the Top Ten Cake Artists in North America in 2013. And she’s certainly won more awards than the average baker.
Local residents have seen her work outside of the Liberty Public Library (The Centennial Monument) and/or in Monticello (The War Memorial). Her website (www.cakesbykimsimons.com) features scores of pictures of her unique creations.
Meeting with three senior classes in LHS on Friday, September 29, Simons advocated an effervescent philosophy salted with interesting anecdotes and peppered with jokes. Her message:
- Be yourself;
- Do what you love (because far too many people hate their jobs and find their lives crippled because of it); and
- Don’t be afraid.
Icing the cake, Simons spontaneously dropped in on—and worked with—several of Kathy Johansen’s high school art classes.
Simons was invited to speak to the senior classes by English teacher Bill Fleck. A 29-year Liberty vet, Fleck—in the spirit of former Guidance Director Linda Argentati—seeks out Liberty grads with interesting stories to tell who are willing to interact with current students and offer them some perspective on life after high school.