Ben Stewart never missed a class. Not once. He wasn’t ever late to one, either, although there were a couple of close calls.
And on Tuesday morning, he walked at Spanish Fork High School’s graduation with a perfect attendance record.
“He gets freaked out if we are going to be late,” said Ben’s mom, Laura.
Attendance-wise, he’s about the opposite of his twin brother, Jackson, which his mom said may have been a motivator for his perfect record. Ben said part of the decision was spurred by the idea that missing a day of class would put him behind on the material.
His attendance record has meant missing family vacations (including another brother’s graduation from boot camp and trips to the zoo and Lagoon), having vacations cancelled because he didn’t want to miss class and planning trips around his school schedule. Even medical procedures, like getting his wisdom teeth removed, took place during school breaks and Ben, who is fairly healthy and drinks about a gallon of milk a day, typically gets sick during breaks as well.
By the seventh grade, the family realized he had a perfect record and Ben decided to stick with the goal of graduating with it.
He even received a $500 scholarship for his achievement.
Ben plans to attend Utah Valley University in the fall to study computer science and might keep up his trend.
“I assume I’ll still have perfect attendance because that’s who I am,” he said.
For those considering similar records, he has some simple advice.
“Go to class, stick with it,” Ben said. “You don’t get detention for going to class.”