Andrew terSteege had perfect attendance while attending Ticonderoga schools. Not just high school, all school. terSteege never missed a day of class from kindergarten through graduation — that’s 2,353 days without an absence.
When Andrew terSteege receives his diploma during Saturday’s commencement ceremony at Ticonderoga High School, he’ll set a record that will never be broken.
terSteege had perfect attendance while attending school. Not just high school, all school. terSteege never missed a day of class from kindergarten through graduation — that’s 2,353 days without an absence.
“It’s not a huge accomplishment,” terSteege said. “It’s not something people normally do, so I can see why people find it interesting. Really, though, it’s no big deal.”
The perfect attendance record isn’t something terSteege sought.
“I was in middle school when I realized I’d never missed a day of school,” he said. “I decided to try to make it through eighth grade without missing a day. I did that, then decided four more years would be OK.”
terSteege admits there were days — most days — he didn’t want to get up and go to school.
“I’ll admit, school has been hard for me,” terSteege said. “It hasn’t been easy and it’ll be a relief to graduate. But it will be bittersweet. I’m going to miss a lot of people.”
The secret to perfect attendance is routine, terSteege said.
“I have my routine every morning,” he explained. “I hit the snooze alarm, wait five minutes, get up, shower, eat breakfast, listen to some music and go to school. It’s the same every day. That makes it much easier.”
terSteege, the son of Robin Forand of Ticonderoga, came close to missing school a couple of years ago.
“I remember a day I had a 103 temperature and a bad headache, but I went to school anyway,” he recalled. “I was about to go to the nurse and go home, but I got lucky. School closed early because of snow and the next day was a snow day. That saved me.”
Classmates threatened to tie terSteege to the school flagpole the last day of classes to spoil his streak.
“It’s all fun,” he said. “I think my classmates were really pulling for me to make it at the end.”
terSteege ran track and cross country at Ti High and was a member of the Quiz Bowl team and Key Club. He plans to attend SUNY-Canton to major in business administration.
“When I get to college I plan to attend every class; I don’t want to miss a one,” terSteege said. “I think it’s important to attend class.”
Ti High Principal Mike Graney agrees.
“One of the most important things students can do to achieve academic success is going to school every day,” Graney said. “In fact, research has shown that attendance may be the biggest factor influencing academic success. Students who achieve perfect attendance have demonstrated a strong commitment to their educational program.”
terSteege was recognized for his feat during the school’s annual awards ceremony June 7.
Also honored were 34 Ti High students who had perfect attendance this year. They include Kylie Austin, Ethan Bain, Rebecca Barber, Patrick Bright, Aaron Bush, Delaney Bush, James Cook, John Cook, Jeanette Coon, Kaitlin Diskin Joe Gonyeau, Jay Hebert, Nicholas Holman, Dalton Huestis, Lillith Ida, Ben Karkoski, Kathleen LaPeter, Ian Lawrie, Sean Lawrie, Kaleigh Malaney, Zech McLoughlin, Lexi Moore, Kody Parrott, C.J. Raymond, Andrea Russell, Brandon Russell, Victoria Sawyer, Samantha Sommerville, Shelby Spaulding, William terSteege, Dennis Towne, Karrissa Tucker, Anita Zhang and Allen Zhang.
Five members of this year’s senior class had perfect attendance during their high school careers. They include terSteege, valedictorian Brandon Russell, salutatorian Joe Gonyeau, Dennis Towne and Karrissa Tucker.