Local students celebrate perfect attendance

Updated: 06/20/2014 6:51 PM | Created: 06/20/2014 6:50 PM
By: Joseph Lynch, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Some say that there is much to be said about just showing up. For about 110 high school kids in the Albuquerque Metro area, they showed up every single day of the 2013-2014 school year. And for it, a chance at a big payoff.

"Three thousand dollars. So, we have a $3,000 check for each grade level," said Charles Henson. Altogether, $12,000 was paid out by the Albuquerque New Cars and Truck dealers Association. For years they gave away cars to an APS or Rio Rancho student with perfect attendance. But this year they wanted to give out a reward for a student in each high school grade.  

First up was freshman from West Mesa High School, Dominic Sharpe.

Grade by grade, students received their $3,000 checks. Perfect attendance for an entire school year is hard enough. But senior Palma Tavenner from Cleveland high School didn’t just do it this school year, she didn’t miss a single day her entire 13 years of school.

"Yes, I've had perfect attendance for 13 years now," Tavenner said. When asked how she did it, she replied, "I just only get sick on holidays, I guess."

Tavenner’s taking her money and hitting the road. Saturday, she’ll be in Las Cruces for orientation at New Mexico State. She knows that money will sure come in handy.

"It just helps me out with my college and helps me to reach my dreams," Tavenner said.

One thing that didn’t go without notice by our photojournalist: Out of the kids asked what their grade point averages were, the lowest was a 3.5.

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