Student nearing perfect status
Carbonear student closing in on perfect attendance
Carbonear Collegiate student Shalyn Case is nearing a pretty presitigious accomplishment. When she graduates from the school later this month, she will have perfect attendance for her entire school career. That’s 13 years of showing up every day.
Carbonear’s Shalyn Case has become so reliable that her homeroom teacher might not offer second glance when coming upon her name in the register.
They usually just assume the 18-year-old is in her seat and with good reason. Case has not missed a day of classes since she started attending Carbonear Collegiate in Level I.
Further to that, she hasn’t missed a day of school, period. For the past 13 years, the 18year-old Carbonear resident has been in school every day.
Doing the math, that comes to 2,535 straight school days attended, give or take a few days as the school year was extended to 195 days in the past several years.
“It’s quite the accomplishment,” she told The Compass. “I don’t know of anybody who has done it.”
That’s not to say teachers always assume Shalyn will be in her seat come opening bell. There are times when she has been a bit tardy arriving at school and her friends have made sure to indicate she’ll be there.
“They’ve called and asked where I was and I’ve told them that I’m on the way,” said Shalyn.
Perfect attendance for a single year is nothing new. There are even students who can string together a couple of perfect years, but they too fall to the wayside.
There are very few who are going to school every day for over a decade straight.
“It is not so commonplace,” said mother Michelle Case. “It’s hard to believe that there are just a few days left of school and she has had (perfect attendance).”
“It just kind of happened,” added Shalyn. “I just never want to miss work or be behind in school. Then it happened for so many years I just said, ‘you know what, I’m just going to keep it up.’”
Catching some breaks
Achieving perfect attendance is a mixture of determination and good luck. Case said there were many mornings where she had the inclination to stay in bed but pulled herself up and got to class.
That’s the determination. The luck comes when she fell sick on a snow day or fell ill as a strategic long weekend came upon her.
She points to the four-day weekend Shalyn fell into when she developed the Chicken Pox. By the time school rolled around again on Tuesday, the virus had worked its way through her sys- tem and she was no longer contagious.
“I’ve caught a couple of breaks along the way,” said Shalyn. “Snow days were a blessing.”
Not just school
Shalyn’s knack for showing up extends beyond the classroom. An avid cadet, there hasn’t been a training night, parade night or outing she hasn’t missed with the 289 Carbonear air cadet corps.
That may seem plausible, but a hallway table lined with attendance awards from the corps that prove otherwise.
As an employee at Powell’s Supermarket in Carbonear, there haven’t been any sick calls or the turning down of shifts when her phone rings. If it’s her supervisor requesting she cover an extra shift, chances are Shalyn is going to say ‘yes.’
A good source for notes
Being in school on the Friday before a long weekend or the afternoon of a snow delayed morning makes Shalyn a popular person amongst her peers come test time.
When teachers are handing out test notes and the like, she is always the first call from students worried about catching up.
As the school year winds down, Shalyn finds herself at the end of her high school career.
Moving onto post-secondary education, there is a chance she continues her impressive attendance streak at the next level.
“It’s just natural right now,” she said.