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NeXt runs a Q&A with a high school student from Erie or Niagara county every week. If you'd like to be interviewed for this feature, send us a recent picture along with your name, school and phone number or e-mail address and we'll have someone interview you. Pictures should be mailed to NeXt/Buffalo News/P.O. Box 100, Buffalo NY 14240.

Name: Eric Simmons

School: West Seneca East Senior

Grade: just graduated

Interrogator: Mike Lopardi

What's the best thing that's ever happened to you?

I was born into a family that could provide a foundation for success.

What do you most dislike?

People trying to be like everybody else.

Who do you trust the most?


People would be surprised to learn:

I spend almost as much time in Canada as the United States.

What do you dread?

The monotonous day, one with little excitement or change.

Name an issue you feel strongly about.

Privacy vs. security, giving up freedoms for an increase in protection.

Most annoying thing:

My tragic flaw: overanalyzing everything.

Favorite musical artist:

Our Lady Peace

What is the worst song ever?

I would have to say anything ever done by the Beastie Boys.

Favorite place to eat away from home and what you order there:

The French Pub, chicken fingers.

Favorite beverage: Iced tea.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

My own personal procrastination.

Favorite movie: "Breakfast Club."

Biggest influence: My parents.

Who's the last band you saw perform live? Peter Frampton.

Dream job: Company president, CEO.

What are you reading?

"Execution," a businessworld novel.

Top priority if I were president:


Favorite childhood toy: Nintendo.

Names you have in mind for your children:

Ariel, Taylor, Eric.

Biggest problem to face America 20 years from now:

Censorship and the line between security/privacy.

Most embarrassing moment of your life:

Showing my lunch to a math class, three hours after I had eaten it.

Greatest accomplishement:

Getting to where I am now with only a few bumps and bruises along the way, still chasing my goals.

One word to describe yourself:


Most important quality in friendship:


Your own personal secret for happiness:

Making someone smile.

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