Maple Grove Senior Perfect From Start To Finish
Nicholas Hutchinson graduated from Maple Grove High School on Friday without ever having missed a single class.
This is because Nick maintained a perfect attendance record throughout the entirety of his schooling in the Southwestern Central School and Bemus Point Central School districts.
“I’m proud to say that I haven’t missed a day of school, and it’s cool that, as far as I know, no one else can be able to say that,” Nick said.
According to Chris Hutchinson, Nick’s mother, she and Nick became aware that his attendance was perfect when he transitioned from Southwestern to Bemus Point in 2005.
“I had held on to all of his report cards, which kept track of absences, and that’s when we kind of got this started,” she said.
Chris said by the time Nick entered the ninth grade, he still hadn’t missed a day. This led them to consider the goal of having Nick finish high school with perfect attendance.
“I thought it might make a fun task,” Chris said. “We’re not the kind of parents that would let him stay home without good reason. Luckily, if he was sick it was always on the weekend, and we’ve been very blessed to have him be healthy enough to go (to school) every day.”
“I didn’t start thinking about it until about two or three years ago, when I was getting closer to being a senior. At that point, I started thinking to myself, ‘I should probably keep this going,'” Nick said.
In recognition for this achievement, Nick was awarded a Wellness Award by the Bemus Point district for maintaining his health and wellness throughout his 13 years of schooling.
“I feel honored that I was the only (recipient),” he said.
Naturally, Nick said there were days in which he wasn’t feeling especially motivated to go to school, but his commitment toward his goal – and a little encouragement from his parents – kept him going.
“Probably 90 percent of the reason I got (the Wellness Award) is because my parents made me go to school,” he said. “There were times I didn’t want to, but I didn’t really mind going, anyway.”
Nick will be attending Jamestown Community College for two years, beginning in the fall. Although he is uncertain of what to expect, he did confirm that he intends to attempt a perfect attendance record for his college career.
“I feel like it’s going to be a little different, but I’m still going to try because it would be cool if I could pull it off,” he said.