No one is perfect. Except four teenagers from Sumter. When J'Quan Jenkins-Johnson, Morgan Pringle, Shekinah Lonon and Kyle Boothe graduate from high school this weekend, they will complete a 12-year challenge that started in kindergarten and ended …
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No one is perfect. Except four teenagers from Sumter. When J'Quan Jenkins-Johnson, Morgan Pringle, Shekinah Lonon and Kyle Boothe graduate from high school this weekend, they will complete a 12-year challenge that started in kindergarten and ended with them having not missed a single day of school. Ever.
"To graduate without missing a single day of class in your 12-year academic career is an extraordinary accomplishment that is the culmination of hard work and determination," State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman said.
The four are among 43 high school seniors who had perfect attendance throughout their entire public school career. Spearman said in a news release that each student will receive a letter and certificate that she signed.
Jenkins-Johnson said his mom was a major part in making sure he got to school every day, to which the other three emphatically agreed.
Pringle said when she was younger, her mom would make her go to school when she didn't want to but that later in high school she took it upon herself to not miss a day because she wanted to get the certificate.
Lonon said she liked going to school every day because she could be around people who make her laugh and smile.
Boothe said making sure he got to school taught him to never stop reaching toward a goal and that he didn't like missing school because he didn't want to fall behind.
They all also said working toward perfect attendance through elementary, middle and high school taught them about commitment, dedication and hard work.
They sat down with The Sumter Item to tell us a little more about themselves and their future.
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Elementary school: Lemira
Middle school: Bates, Chestnut Oaks
High school: Sumter
Activity: Junior Firefighter captain; Emergency and Fire Safety Management program at the Sumter Career and Technology Center; Sumter Career and Technology Center Student of the Year; vice president of the National Technical Honor Society; football in 10th grade
Favorite subject: Could not decide
Work: Skate Station
Next steps: Working as a firefighter in Sumter and Olanta. He said he met a firefighter in second grade and decided then he wanted to become one because he likes helping people.
Elementary school: Tinker Elementary School in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Middle school: Wilder, Bates
Activity: National Honor Society; soccer in 10th and 11th grade
Favorite subject: English
Work: Baker's Sweets
Next steps: USC Sumter to study nursing. She said she wants to become a nurse because her mother is one and "she has so much fun doing it." She said she picked USC Sumter because she got two free years to attend.
Elementary school: Kingsbury
Middle school: Bates
Activity: Cheerleading in ninth and 10th grade
Favorite subject: Not math
Work: Captain D's
Next steps: USC Sumter for two years then Winthrop University to study nursing. She said she became interested in nursing at career fairs in elementary and middle school and that she chose USC Sumter because of a scholarship and the atmosphere.
Elementary school: Oakland Primary, Shaw Heights
Middle school: Hillcrest
High school: Crestwood
Favorite subject: Math
Next steps: USC Sumter. He said he is still trying to decide what to major in but that he chose USC Sumter because it is close to his friends and family.
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