Bullitt Central High School seniors Destiny Lynn Janet Jones and Chase Lovell and North Bullitt High School senior Jillian Holman did not miss a day of school during their entire school career.
Each high school senior participated in their respective graduation celebration. Dressed in the traditional cap and gown, they were awarded a diploma along with other special items as proud family members, all wearing protective face masks, looked on.
Destiny Lynn Janet Jones
The average school year is composed of 170 days. Multiply that number by 13 equals 2,210 days.
“It’s such a great accomplishment to feel that you were at school every day and every minute to make it all worthwhile and feel that you finally succeeded in your education,” Destiny said.
The 18 year-old daughter of Kym and Doug attended Cedar Grove Elementary and Bernheim Middle and said there was not a day she almost missed.
“I have never been severely sick to where I have had to miss school,” she reflected. “I thank my mom for that, she was always taking such good care of me.”
Destiny began considering she may have a chance at perfect attendance while at Bernheim.
“In middle school is when it really hit me to try and attain perfect attendance,” she recalled. “It didn’t really make me nervous it just made me strive even harder to show I can do this.”
Students were progressing just fine until March 2020 when COVID-19 forced all Kentucky schools to close.
However, a very fast district turnaround to distant learning allowed seniors to maintain there perfect attendance while working from home.
Still, Destiny was a little concerned.
“But I was still there every day on my computer doing the Non-Traditional Instruction (NTI) work,” she said, so her attendance was counted.
Destiny feels fellow students should attempt their best attendance every day of a school year.
“My thoughts are you should try to be there the best you can because it really pays off,” she affirmed. “No matter how all your friends skip or think it’s cool it’s actually not. I was never behind in school because I always was there and it helped a lot!”
Destiny also encourages to make the most out of their school years.
“The more you get involved and be there at school is how you get the best experience and better yourself for your education,” she said.
She plans to enroll at Murray State University to study or major in equine science and become an equine chiropractor.
“It’s a big deal to me,” Chase said. It was a goal of mine since childhood to go all 13 years without missing a single day.”
The 18 year-old son of Regina and Ronnie Lovell put in perfect attendance at Lebanon Junction Elementary and Bernheim Middle Schools.
“There’s been a few days that I’ve woken up late and either missed the bus or barely made it to school in my car,” he confided. “School attendance is important because students are more likely to succeed in school when they attend school consistently.”
Chase said he felt that perfect attendance for all 13 years was attainable around middle school.
“In some ways, I was nervous because if I would have missed a day, I would have messed up the perfect attendance and felt disappointed in myself,” he said.
Ending his school career amid the coronavirus pandemic did not impact his unblemished attendance.
“I sort of took it like a snow day. I figured it wouldn’t have counted against me if the Board of Education wasn’t allowing us to go to school. It just turned out to be a lot more snow days than I expected,” he smiled.
Chase said he encouraged fellow students to take school attendance seriously.
“I always told my peers that perfect attendance is important. It’s tough to keep up with school work if you’re missing days and piling up school work,” he affirmed.
Chase plans to attend Campbellsville University to play tennis and earn a degree in Marketing.
A clear assurance for each of these students is they will be present for their college classes and on work days.
“I feel it is a great accomplishment and will help me have a great work ethic through college and my career,” Jillian said.
She has the distinction of perfect attendance in two school districts.
The 18 year-old daughter of Kim and Doug Holman never missed a day while attending Kindergarten through first grade at Shacklette Elementary; third through fifth grade at Eisenhower Elementary; and sixth and seventh grade at Noe Middle all in Jefferson County.
Jillian went on to achieve perfect attendance during her eighth grade year at Hebron Middle School as well her entire four years as a North Bullitt Eagle.
The closest she came to missing school were a couple of days she didn’t really feel well but managed to make it through them.
“Missing a day of school is hard to catch up on the work especially being in high school,” Jillian said.
She expressed appreciation to the NBHS faculty for their efforts in teaching during the coronavirus pandemic.
“I wasn’t really worried about COVID-19 messing up my attendance…my teachers kept everyone up to date on how attendance would work,” she said.
She now joins her siblings as a perfect attendance family.
“Both my brother and sister graduated with 13 years of perfect attendance as well, so knowing that they could do it meant I could too,” she smiled.
She is still baffled by students who miss school for no reason.
“Many people don’t see the importance of it,” she said.
Jillian’s future plans include going to Spalding University to play soccer and pursue a degree in Nursing.