Teen Flying High At Charity Circus, 16 January 2008, Tampa Tribune, Tampa, Florida
Now a featured aerialist with the Culpepper & Merriweather Circus, [Simone Dykes] grew up in a circus family – her mom and dad, Ron and Robin Dykes, and four siblings – travel together with the circus. Her parents and several brothers and sisters also are performers.
Dykes and her siblings are home-schooled. She and her sister Paulina, who are close in age, tried attending school but then decided it was too hard to be in school, then on the road, then back into school, so they opted for home-schooling full time.
She has never felt torn about not attending high school or going to the prom or Senior Day.
“I just don’t miss that. I make up for it with all the friends I meet all over the country,” she said.
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