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Pike County high school senior celebrating perfect attendance since kindergarten

PIKEVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - Many teenagers in Eastern Kentucky are graduating from high school in the coming days and a Pike County student is also celebrating perfect attendance since kindergarten.

Inside a classroom is not a place many say they enjoy but 18-year-old, Jacob Sword, says it is actually one of his favorite places.

"When I was little I loved going to school, being with friends and stuff ... it was fun. My parents really pushed me to go to school every day, they got it into my head that school is important and education comes first," he explains.

Sword says his love for learning continued once he got high school at Shelby Valley, which is the main reason he has been in the classroom every school day for the past 13 years.

Never taking a sick day or skipping school. Even during the tradition of senior skip day, Sword was in class.

"I've come this far, why ruin it now" he says.

Principal Greg Napier says, "Any man or woman who can be in attendance that many consecutive days over a 13 year period they have to be a dependable individual, as well as someone who has a vision about where they want to be in the future and a focus on getting there."

While he walks the halls for the final time, he knows the dedication and hard work is paying off. As he will attend classes and play football at the University of Pikeville in the fall ... where he will keep his same focus.

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