Education

80 S.C. high school seniors end their career with perfect attendance

Twelve Columbia-area teens are among 81 seniors about to graduate from South Carolina public high schools who did not miss a day of school over 12 years.

“That’s ... 2,160 consecutive days,” noted a state Department of Education spokesman in the annual announcement on perfect attendance released today.

The 80 students are among an estimated 41,000 seniors in the class of 2007 who will be recognized at local graduation ceremonies taking place across the state over the next two weeks.

“What these students have achieved is no small feat,” state schools superintendent Jim Rex said. “I congratulate them and their families and wish all of them well as they leave our public schools to make their marks on the world.”

Rex’s agency has recognized seniors with 12 years of perfect school attendance annually since 1979.

Greenville, the state's largest district, again had the most students with 13.

The Columbia-area students are:

  • Gilbert High — Christopher Curtis Caneup and Xavier Rodriquez
  • White Knoll High — Staci Nicole Smith and Michael Andrew Jordan
  • Airport High — Lauren Marie Johnson
  • Irmo High — Kimberly Shannon Cruel
  • Dreher High — Hurisheo Jabrae Jones and Asher Vincent Quave-Robinson
  • W.J. Keenan High — Cornetta Josett Pickett and Alvinia Geretta Thompson
  • Richland Northeast High — Vessela Plamenova Radieva and Maya Renee Evans
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