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Bullitt Co. senior finishes high school with perfect attendance record

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - For most students it's a right of passage: that all elusive day to play hookie, kick back and relax.

Not for North Bullitt High School senior Tabatha Schweinhart. She has had perfect attendance from grades kindergarten through 12.

"There were a few mornings I woke up and I was like 'really mom,'" she said.

Schweinhart has never copped to a stomach ache, strep throat, or that I didn't do my homework last night flu.

"I don't know how she does it. I can't," said fellow senior Courtney Bloom.

She's never had a suspension or a detention and she's never even been late to a class.

"No
it's not common at all," said Angie Duvall, a social studies teacher.

She hasn't even participated in senior skips days.

She didn't even let being in a car accident stand in her way. Once on her way to school, her family was involved in an automobile accident, and instead of missing school, her family called a family friend, who managed to get Schweinhart to school on time.

"I didn't want to miss my work," she said. 

"It's hard really to believe that it came this fast," she adds.

"She's caring, she's smart. She's got great work ethic," Duvall said.

It is a rare feat in a district of more than 13,000 students. That's why Bullitt County Schools will honor Schweinhart's achievement Sunday as she gets her diploma. Overwhelming is how she describes the honor.

The perfect attendance record runs in the family. Schweinhart's brother, who graduated in 2012, also had perfect attendance all the way through school.

As a 5th grade student, she realized she hadn't missed a day and set a goal to go all the way.  

Schweinhart graduates North Bullitt ranked 11th in her class with a 3.85 grade point average.

As for advice to any students trying to follow in her footsteps she said, "No matter how hard it is you want to miss, don't. You 'll get behind on work, miss out on moments that you have with your friends that you can create during school, and when you look at in your senior year you know you made the right decision for coming."

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