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SUNDAY, MAY 20, 2007

Student graduates with perfect attendance K-12

MONTGOMERY (AP) — There were about 2,285 school days during Sosthenes Sealy’s 13 years from kindergarten through 12th grade, and he was there for every single one of them. The streak is actually longer than that because he never missed a day of preschool, either.

But ask the soft-spoken 18-year-old with a quick, dimpled smile, and he’ll say “it’s not really a big deal.”

“You just do it,” he said during a recent interview in the assistant principal’s office at Robert E. Lee High School in Montgomery. “If you really want to do it, you will do it. You have to have dedication.”

You also have to have a pretty good immune system, too. The offensive lineman on the football team and his little sister Gennesaret (who’s in the seventh grade and also has perfect attendance) have never had chicken pox or other childhood diseases.

Sosthenes, nicknamed “Sos” and “Triangle” (as in isosceles), had only one brush with sickness that threatened his perfect record. He struggled through two weeks of flu-like symptoms in the ninth grade, fighting fatigue during the day and returning home to shower, eat soup and sleep until the next morning.

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