2,160 days without a single absence

Kaylee Sperling graduates Monroe-Woodbury High School with perfect attendance


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  • Kaylee Sperling graduated from Monroe-Woodbury High School last month, having never missed a day of school from grade 1 through 12.



— Kaylee Sperling graduated from Monroe-Woodbury High School last month with perfect attendance from grade 1 through 12.

That's 2,160 days of school with not a single absence. Who does that?

Sperling explains what drove her to achieve perfect attendance throughout her school career in this Q&A provided by the school district:

Q: What inspired you to earn perfect attendance?

A: When I was in Kindergarten, I had ear surgery and I remember being mad because they made me miss school. I didn’t understand why they couldn’t do the surgery on a Saturday. By the end of first grade at Sapphire Elementary, I earned a certificate for perfect attendance and there was no looking back.

Q: Do you remember when you became aware that you had perfect attendance year after year?

A: I didn’t really think about it … my mom just always made me go to school. And I liked getting certificates.

Q: Did it feel different on your last day of senior year, knowing you had achieved perfect attendance for 12 consecutive years?

A: Honestly, it just felt like finishing another school year. I am so used to not missing school that the final day of senior year didn’t feel any different.

My mom always said ‘school is your job,’ and once I had it for at least two years in a row, I was set on continuing to do it as long as I could. And then I got to a point where I thought, ‘I might as well finish it off.’ It’s what you do. You get up and go to school every day. That’s how it works.

Q: What do you do for fun – in and out of school?

A: I dance and hope to do that when I’m in college. I participated in the Drama Club all four years of high school and STARS – Students Teaching AIDS Reduction Strategies – educating eighth graders. I was also a member of the voice ensemble.

I earned my Gold Award in Girl Scouts this year and organized and hosted an orientation for incoming kindergartners at Sapphire and Smith Clove who are ENL students. The students received tours of the school buildings, a backpack of donated school supplies and a Social Story booklet that I wrote that gave them an overview of the school. Then they enjoyed pizza!

Q: What’s your plan for next year?

A: In the fall, I will be attending SUNY Geneseo to double major in communications and English. I love creative writing, so I may make that my concentration.

Q: What your advice for younger students?

A: For me, overall, the best part of school in general was all the people I got to meet and all the teachers I had. I loved every teacher that I had at Monroe-Woodbury and I think they really made a difference in our lives. And if I had to tell younger kids anything, probably the most important thing is to get involved. It’s fun to be part of a group.

And, go all out during Spirit Week, ‘cuz that’s the best week of the year!


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