Simmons was home alone when the call came last week to tell her the good news. She started jumping up and down and crying. Her mom, Carrie Allen, joined in the celebration when she came home from her job as a librarian. Her dad, Peter Simmons, a waiter at Avellino's in Fairfield, baked the Yale admissions director a "thank-you" cake that his daughter presented to the admission's office last Thursday.
"I had to do something," the future Yalie said. "It's the least I could do."