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Vicksburg High School senior has had perfect attendance

Updated: Tuesday, May 27, 2014 |
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VICKSBURG, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A Vicksburg High School student is graduating with an incredible award under his belt: he has never missed a single day of school.

Perfect attendance from preschool through senior year of high school is very rare.

Quintin Haring, known as “Q” to his classmates, was recently honored as the only student from Vicksburg to ever accomplish a perfect record, attending school for 2,294 consecutive days and never missing a single class.

The senior tells NewsChannel 3 it took a lot of dedication and a little luck.

“I always came on time to school. I mean, okay a few tardies here and there,” Quintin laughs. “But I was always there for my first class and last class.”

Quintin’s path to perfect attendance started in preschool, continued through his father's cancer diagnosis in elementary school and became a conscious goal in the fifth grade when the local paper published his six-year feat. 

Quintin cites oatmeal as his secret to good health.

“I never had to come to school sick. Maybe with a slight cough, maybe. But I got lucky and really only got sick on the weekends,” Quintin explains.

Perhaps it's in the genes. Quintin's great grandmother also graduated with perfect attendance, from Marshall Schools back in 1912. 

Kathy Forsythe, Quintin's preschool teacher and now his high school English teacher, says the honor is well-deserved.

“He's a good kid, he's an everyday kind of kid and he's made a commitment. I think that will follow him into his adult life,” Forsythe says.

The 18-year-old credits simply showing up, telling NewsChannel 3 he enjoys school, being a part of the lacrosse and tennis teams and playing snare drum in the marching band.

“This kid is one of the role models of our school,” says English teacher Chris Kosiba. “I mean he is a nice kid, he always has a great attitude, he's just an inspiring kid. So for him to come to school every day since preschool is phenomenal. It really is.”

Quintin plans to attend Grand Valley State University in the fall to study physical therapy.
    
He says he may attempt perfect attendance in college as well.


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