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Published on June 5th, 2018 | by Millennium Magazine Staff

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School District Five student recognized for 12 years of perfect attendance

IRMO – Dutch Fork High senior Michaiah Ross was asked how one could attend every day of school for 12 years without an absence.

“Umm, my mom had a large part in it,” Ross said with a laugh.

But it is no joke. Ross has been recognized for one of the rarest feats. She says it is something she takes a lot of pride in.

“Before I got to high school, I didn’t think it was that cool, but now that I am about to graduate with no missed days ever, it’s something I am proud of,” Ross said.

Ross is the only student in School District Five with perfect attendance for 12 years, and is just one of 25 students in the state.

“It’s a tribute to her, but also a tribute to the culture of Dutch Fork High School,” said Principal Dr. Gerald Gary. “Students want to come to school. They enjoy their teachers and their peers. It’s an environment we’ve created that we’re certainly proud of.”

The senior says each year making it to school every day was difficult, but the stakes were raised even higher in her final year.

“Senioritis is a real thing and there were certainly times when I didn’t feel like coming, but I pushed through and I am so glad I did,” Ross said.

After graduation, Ross plans to attend the University of North Carolina-Charlotte where she will study broadcast journalism.

 

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