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

Published: Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 12:06 PM.

"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.

"When they call out the perfect attendance award, I'm already walking down," Chelsea said.

Chelseais dual-enrolled at Northwest Florida State College and has just been accepted to Florida State University. She hopes to pursue a medical degree, specializing in neonatology.

Chelseamaintains a 3.6 grade point average and is ranked seventh in her graduating class of 34 Hoboes, according to her other grandmother, Joan Smith.

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