MILWAUKIE, Ore. -- A Rex Putnam High School senior will graduate Monday with 13 years of perfect attendance.
No headache, flu or injury ever kept him from an estimated 2,250 days of class.
“That’s Josiah Hanson,” said the attendance secretary at Rex Putnam. "He has the best attendance record that I’ve ever recorded.”
His perfect attendance streak started at Milwaukie’s Oak Grove Elementary, lasted through his middle school years at Alder Creek, and was sustained through Putnam High School.
“Once in elementary school, I had a crazy headache and I was struggling to stand a little bit and I was like, 'I think I can go anyway,'” Josiah said.
He has a “no big deal” attitude about ever missing a day of class but his family is very proud.
“When he went to kindergarten, he walked in the room and never looked back to say goodbye. He went straight for the books,” recalled his mom Ruth. “My brother never missed a day of school. What can you say about your brother? I have bragging rights,” laughed Josiah’s older sister.
Josiah leaves high school with a 3.7 GPA and will attend Pacific University in the fall to study chemical engineering.
Asked whether he intends to keep up the perfect attendance in college, he quietly replied with a smile, “I don’t think so.”