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Letter: Perfect honor for perfect attendance

Kerry Donovan
Battle Mountain High School, Class of 1997

Eleven years ago I sat in the auditorium of Battle Mountain High School and listened as my principal, Mr. Strakbein, introduced me as the first student in Eagle County to have 13 years of perfect attendance. I am thrilled to be able to write a letter to acknowledge the second student to have accomplished this feat of commitment.

Having perfect attendance from kindergarten to 12th grade, for 13 years amounts to over 2,200 days of school. That is over 2,200 instances of doing something that kids aren’t suppose to want to do ” go to school. It is deciding dozens of times to go to school when you don’t feel great and would rather spend the day being nursed by your mother and watching those fabled afternoon T.V. shows.

Perfect attendance means that a handful of times you go to school when you would just rather skip because you aren’t quite ready for that biology final or would like to finalize that English paper. It is a couple times when you tell your friends no. And it is one time when you skip Senior Skip Day. Having perfect attendance for 13 years means that over 2,200 times Chad Strakbein decided to go to school just because he thought it was the right thing to do.

Chad earned his diploma Saturday in Hot Stuff stadium having had 13 years of perfect attendance and this deserves to be celebrated.

Congratulations to Chad and the rest of the Class of 2008 from Battle Mountain, Eagle Valley, Vail Christian Academy, New America School, Red Canyon High, and Vail Mountain School.

Best and warmest wishes for your future.


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