13 years in school, not one day missed
When Brett Davis first stepped foot into his kindergarten class 13 years ago, he was starting the long journey every student embarks on in their school career. He arrived at school on the first day and soon it became a ritual, day after day, week after week and year after year.
Fighting off sicknesses, injuries and late night hospital visits, Davis reached a milestone three weeks ago when he graduated from Carbon High as part of the 2010 graduating class. After 13 years of school Davis achieved perfect attendance, never missing a day of school.
Throughout his time spent at Sally Mauro, Helper Junior High and Carbon High School, Davis strived to make it to school every day. It wasn't until the seventh or eighth grade until Davis realized how long the streak lasted.
"I've thought you should always go to school," Davis said. "I then made the goal of never missing a day of school."
Perfect attendance in school is something Davis doesn't have to search far and wide for another example. His father, Don, missed only one day of school in his entire life, according to Davis.
"I recently found out that my dad missed only one day of school, so it was surprising to hear that," Davis said.
Davis participated in a lot of activities in high school including swimming, soccer, track, debate and jazz band. With all of the time spent practicing and keeping grades up in school, Davis worked hard to make everything fall in line with his goal.
Even with hard work and planning out things, life can be unpredictable.
In the eighth grade, Davis was playing on a swing set when he slipped out of the swing, ripping his knee open. The injury required a hospital visit where Davis needed 25 stitches and left with a large knee brace and crutches. Davis, not wanting to end the streak by missing a day of school, consulted his parents before he made the decision to attend the next day.
"I considered not going to school a lot and looked to get some rest and heal up but I was persuaded to keep going," Davis said. "My friends thought I was crazy for doing that. But I just gritted my teeth and went to school."
As for giving advice to those who may try and achieve perfect attendance, Davis can offer the tips he lived by while going to school.
"Make school fun because if you don't like it, then it would be hard to try and reach that goal," Davis said. "Go out and make friends, do different things everyday, meet people through sports and other activities."
For those close to Davis, watching him complete the goal wasn't always so easy. Debra Davis, Brett's mother, knew of her son's perfect attendance starting in the first grade. Watching Brett wake up sick in the morning before school started was hard on her as a mother, but his drive to always attend school each day amazed her.
"You don't see that (perfect attendance) a lot anymore," Debra said. "Brett is somebody who did want he wanted to do. In life if you go after something, you can do anything you want."
In the fall, Davis will be attending USU-CEU and is looking into pursuing a career in criminal justice, with the goal of becoming a police officer.
Davis already has one goal set for college: he wants to continue his perfect attendance through his time at USU-CEU. Davis has already picked out his schedule of classes and he made sure that they are all very close to each other, so it eliminates the desire of skipping a class to go home or ditch class to hang out with friends.
As he started his perfect attendance journey back in kindergarten, Davis is ready to carry this dedication throughout his entire life.
"My life goal is to continue not missing a day of school or work," Davis said. "I don't see why I would need to miss a day in college right now. If I did miss a day, I would probably regret it a lot later."