June 29, 2020 – Most can’t use the word “perfect” to describe themselves…but for four recent Duval graduates….they’ve earned it.
That’s because they each maintained perfect attendance throughout their entire academic career – never missing a day from kindergarten through the 12th grade.
Team Duval News caught up with the four high-achievers to learn the story behind their 13 years of perfect commitment.
- Jesse Bailey (Stanton College Preparatory) decided early on that he wanted to achieve perfect attendance. As a result, Bailey made a lot of sacrifices, including passing up on some school trips so he wouldn’t miss class. He says he truly enjoys learning, and he believes getting information from his teachers not only helps him as a student, but also as a person. Bailey will be attending the University of Central Florida to pursue a Bachelor of Science in microbiology, as well in nursing. He wants to get a doctoral degree as a certified registered nurse anesthetist.
- Christopher Becker (Englewood High School) says he was in elementary school when he decided that he wanted to achieve perfect attendance. Becker realized that he hadn’t missed a day of school, and so he wanted to try his hardest to get to school every day…and he did! So much so, he made sure to schedule important appointments and procedures after school. Becker graduates as Englewood High School’s valedictorian, and will be attending the University of North Florida to study mechanical engineering.
- Timothy Sinclair (Stanton College Preparatory) says his pursuit of perfect attendance goes back to strong family values centered around education. He also felt that it was important to go to school and learn something new each day…even on the days he didn’t feel like going. Fun Fact – Sinclair said his dad also had perfect attendance, and his younger sister is also on her way.
He plans to go to the University of Florida with hopes of becoming a civil rights attorney, and eventually, a federal judge.
- Vijai Thomas (Paxon School for Advanced Studies) says perfect attendance runs in her family. Her mom earned it, and was a big motivator and supporter for Thomas. The Paxon graduate says she felt that it wasn’t too difficult to go to school daily because she liked seeing her peers and teachers, and felt that it would just be harder to make up lost time. Thomas plans on attending the University of North Florida to study criminal justice and criminology, and wants to become a forensic lab technician
Bailey, Sinclair and Thomas were honored for their achievements at June’s Board meeting. Becker will be recognized in July.