Attendance takes priority
Summer Gilley had her wisdom teeth removed a week ago, but that didn't keep her out of school.
As usual, Gilley, 17, attended classes at both Rising Sun High and Cecil School of Technology.
If she reaches her goal of missing no days of school since Pre-K, Gilley, daughter of Mark and Melanie Gilley of Elkton, will have attended classes 2,520 days without missing any.
She attended Leeds Elementary and Mt. Aviat Academy, Cherry Hill Middle School, and will graduate from the School of Tech on January 19. She is enrolled in the Biomed (Biomedical Sciences - Project Lead the Way) program.
It is expected that she will finish her high school career and perfect record in June at Rising Sun High.
"I had bronchitis and I came to school. And my wisdom teeth were taken out last Friday," said Gilley. "It just happened. My mom sent me to school and I just never missed a day. I'm used to it."
She also loves learning.
"I am proud of it, I'm used to coming to school and the thought of missing a day is scary. I love school," said Gilley who has been both a distinguished honors and honor roll student.
It runs in the family. Summer's sister, Autumn, who is now 20, also never missed a day of school. "All she got was a t-shirt. This is self-satisfying. I made it this far for self satisfaction," said Gilley.
Gilley's teacher at CCST, Wendy Pasmore said Gilley's attendance record is noteworthy. Pasmore just returned from maternity leave. Gilley was in class but her teacher was absent.
Gilley's future plan is to study Biology at Cecil College. She aspires to be a forensic pathologist assistant.
She is not the only student graduating with a stellar attendance record. Kathleen Kisner, who attends North East High and is enrolled in the Homeland Security program at CCST, has had perfect attendance since third grade. Additionally, 14 CCST students have perfect attendance this year.
Gilley is just one of 299 seniors who will graduate from Cecil School of Technology on January 19. The graduation ceremony will be held at Cecil College and will be CCST's last January graduation. It will also be the largest graduating class ever.
Five programs, Certified Medical Assistant, CASE (agriculture), Homeland Security, Interactive Media, and Biomed will all graduate students for the first time. This will also be the first time that there will be an awards ceremony in addition to the graduation.
Awards will be presented to the students at Elkton High on January 12.
"They are so committed to learning and they become like a family. This is five schools coming together to make one. There are a lot of tears when they come together at graduation," said Jennifer Bird, CCST guidance counselor.
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