Logan Lumpkins (right), who graduated from Cherokee High School last month, was honored Thursday by the BOE for not missing a day of school since kindergarten. Patti Taylor and Olivia Lawson were honored for K-12 perfect attendance. (photo by Jeff Bobo)
(Scroll to the bottom of the article to see a video of the recognition ceremony and photos of Pattie Taylor and Logan Lumpkins receiving their award. Olivia Lawson was unable to attend Thursday's BOE meeting.)
ROGERSVILLE — Three Cherokee High School 2013 graduates were honored by the Hawkins County Board of Education Thursday for perfect, or near perfect K-12 attendance.
Olivia Lawson and Patti Taylor graduated last month with perfect attendance from the beginning of kindergarten through high school.
Logan Lumpkins missed three days in kindergarten and hadn’t missed a day since.
Hawkins County school attendance director Greg Sturgill told the BOE Thursday that perfect attendance is hard to achieve
“High school seniors have so many things that can keep them from attaining that goal — flu, stomach bug, stress and ‘senioritis to name a few,” Sturgill said. “The three students I am recognizing tonight not only had perfect attendance their senior year, but every year they were in high school and middle school. On hasn’t missed a day since kindergarten and two have never missed an entire day.”
Sturgill noted that there’s a direct correlation between attendance and academic achievement. Between the three of there were only two B’s made during their entire high school careers, and the rest were A’s.
Lawson graduated with a 99.7 GPA and seventh in her class; Lumpkins graduated with a 99.0 GPS and 12th in his class; and Taylor graduated with a 97.4 GPA 25th in her class.
“There is no doubt that they have a bright future ahead of them,” Sturgill added. “I would also like to take this opportunity to thank their parents, teachers, and all of those who played a role in helping tem attain this achievement.