Laurel Hill School senior hasn't missed a day of class in 13 years

Chelsea Smith

Laurel Hill School senior Chelsea Smith hasn't missed a day of school since kindergarten.

BRIAN HUGHES / News Bulletin
Published: Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 12:06 PM.

LAUREL HILL — Senior Chelsea Smith won't participate in Senior Skip Day because it would ruin her 13-year record of perfect school attendance.

Since she started as a Laurel Hill School kindergartener, Chelsea has not missed a day of school.

Her friends tease her about her record and jokingly threaten to spoil it before she graduates.

"They told me they're going to barricade my road so I can't go to school," Chelsea said. "What great friends I have."

Chelsea, who lives with her grandparents, Deborah and Scotty Kilpatrick, said her grandfather encouraged her perfect attendance streak.

"When I was little, my grandpa had never missed a day of work," she said. "We started a game where I wouldn't miss school if he didn't miss work."

Chelsea’s grandparents have annually rewarded her at each school awards day ceremony. She'll find a little goodie bag from them waiting on her seat.

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