These two soon-to-be Columbia County grads are about to graduate with perfect attendance

Monday, May 6, 2019
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Simeon Stokes and Maggie Horner will be graduating with perfect attendance. (Source: WRDW)

COLUMBIA COUNTY, GA (WRDW/WAGT) -- From Kindergarten to senior year of high school, two students in Columbia County got on the bus every single day and never missed a day of school.

Those two students, Simeon Stokes and Maggie Horner, will be graduating with perfect attendance.

Stokes, a Harlem High School graduate, always keeps an eye on the clock.

"I never missed a day of school," he boasted.

From pre-K to Kindergarten and beyond, you'll always see him at school.

Like the time he woke up and his car wouldn't start. So, Stokes caught a ride from a neighbor to the elementary school, and then begged the principal to bring him to the high school.

"Just seeing my friends and walking around and making everybody laugh," Stokes said. "I love making people laugh, putting a smile on people's face. It's something that I take pride in."

Over at Lakeside High School, Horner's report card speaks for itself.

"We just decided we were going to try for perfect attendance and see how long we can go and I've made it all this way," Horner said.

It started off as a coincidence, but now she's on a mission.

"We make our vacation days around my school," Horner said. "So whenever we leave for vacation, we make sure I will not miss a day of school for that."

It was a mission even a torn ACL couldn't stop.

"I tore my ACL, and we had to go to the doctor and we didn't know how long it was going to take and so we were rushing to get it done," Horner said.

For Horner's family and friends, it's been a fun challenge to watch, but it's one she takes seriously.

"I'm going to try my best just so I can keep it up and see how long I can do it for," Horner said.

Both students graduate at the end of May and they both say they'll try their very best to take that perfect attendance streak going in college.

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