Shelton quadruplets graduate from SHS

A lot of people don’t believe it when Angie, Richard, Billy or Julia Simics tell them they are in fact quadruplets.

“A lot of people expect us to look a like. Some teachers don’t even think we’re related until they check the attendance,” said Billy Simics, who was one of four Simics to cross the stage at Shelton High School’s June 10 graduation ceremony.

Billy and Julia Simics will attend UConn in the fall to major in Business, while Richard and Angie Simics will attend Eastern Connecticut State University in the fall to major in finance.

The Simics explained that growing up together and being siblings doesn’t mean they have similar hobbies or interests.

During high school, Angie and Julia played field hockey together. Billy also played sports, running both track and cross country for Shelton High School.

Sports weren’t something that particularly interested Richard.

One thing the Simics do have in common is there interest in business, all four graduates were members of the school’s Deca club. The four siblings said the club aimed to prepare them to be  entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in the future when they are pursuing careers.

Although vastly different from one another, the four siblings who just celebrated their 18th birthday in May, are all anxious to move forward into the next phase of their lives.

“I’m happy to graduate and am most excited to live on the campus and just be independent. You’re living in your own dorm with your roommate, but you have to make yourself go to classes and it’s not like you can just come home at the end of the day.”

“It’ll be a little weird because we’ve been living together for so long and just went through four years of high school together,” said Billy Simics. “It should be a nice change.”

Richard said he’s excited to be able to choose his own classes versus being placed in standard classes in high school.

The siblings are anticipating a lot of changes to occur when they go off to college, but they said they are all thankful they will be on the same campus as one of their brothers or sisters. In fact, the siblings said they have always acted as helpful resources to one another for school.

“It can be helpful because if we’re ever in any of the same classes we could always help each other,” said Richard.

Angie Simics said having her brother Richard at ECSU has put her at ease for the transition.

“To have someone we know there in case something happens is comforting too,” said Angie.

Linda Simics, who is the quadruplets mother and current secretary at the Shelton Intermediate School, said it’s bittersweet to see her children’s journey through the city’s school system come to an end.

“It’s been quite a ride,” said Ms. Simics. “You’re excited for them and you’re happy but at the same time they’re going off and are going to make their own way, which is great. I mean that’s why we’ve worked all this time for, but I’m really going to miss them.”

Ms. Simics said when her kids were growing up she made it a point to try and instill the importance of family within them.

“Growing up they did everything together,” said Ms.Simics. “They are very close. Like every set of siblings they have their moments but overall they’ve been a great support for one another. They really watch each other’s back and take care of each other.”

The Simics family said their time together at Shelton High went by quickly but they are looking forward to supporting each other in the next steps they take in their life long journeys.