Teen to graduate high school with perfect attendance

May 17, 2010 4:26:13 PM PDT
Seventeen-year-old Maggie Coyle is about to graduate from high school. That's a wonderful achievement in itself, but there's more to Maggie's story. She will graduate with a perfect record in attendance.

"There were days I did not want to come to school. I just woke up and came. I made sure I did my homework the night before and didn't procrastinate," said Maggie. "When you miss school, it's hard to get caught back up so I think it's really important to actually be able to be here every day and to actually understand what's going on in the school and to learn in each class every day."

And learn she did. The Gilberts resident decided in the 4th grade that perfect attendance would be her goal. Breaking a leg, a finger and the flu never stopped her -- not even peer pressure.

"I just ignored it. I think it is awesome that I accomplished it and I am not bothered by it," said Maggie.

Coyle has earned honor roll status every semester at St. Edward. School officials say she has always enrolled in additional difficult course work, works part time, is on the swimming team and is a member of Students Against Destructive Decisions.

"Maggie's perfect attendance is just an indication of the type of student that she is," said Angi Cholewa, registrar at St. Edward School. "She's dedicated, obviously. So humble and just a great kid from a great supportive family."

"We are so proud of Maggie. We could not be prouder of her accomplishments," said Bev McDonald. Coyle's aunt and godmother.

"I want to be a marine biologist and do more environmental things and study the environment and try to help out with that," said Maggie.

Coyle will be attending Carthage College in Wisconsin on an academic scholarship and intends to continue her perfect attendance.


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