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Minn. student graduates with perfect attendance -- for 14 years

  • Blog Post by: Kim McGuire
  • May 30, 2014 - 2:29 PM

Write this down: Vitamins, swimming, lots of sleep and good genes.

That's what recent Mound Westonka High School graduate Sari Mailey credits with helping her maintain a 14-year perfect attendance record, a streak that actually started in preschool.

"I did not set out to get perfect attendance but did not feel that I had a reason to miss school," Mailey said.

Mailey's perfect attendance was acknowleged this past Sunday when she graduated from high school.

Her parents, Charla and Don Mailey, said they never had to employ extra motivation to get their daughter to go to school. Non-school days were a different story.

"Unless she had a previous commitment, yes, we had to drag her out of bed many times," Charla said.

Mailey will attend the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in the fall and plans on studying communication sciences and disorders. She also will swim for the college team.

She also plans on keeping her perfect attendance streak alive in college.

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