Irmo High Graduate Recognized for 12 Years of Perfect Attendance
COLUMBIA – Irmo High School graduate Daesung “Joshua” Chong was announced as a graduate with 12 years of perfect attendance. He was given a special recognition at Irmo High’s graduation ceremony on June 1 at the Colonial Life Arena in Columbia, S.C.
“This is such a great honor to be recognized with 12 years of perfect attendance,” said Chong, who will attend Clemson University in the fall and plans to study chemical engineering. “It shows the level of commitment I have had for school over these years.”
Chong was presented a letter and special certificate signed by State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman who said, “To graduate without missing a single day of class in your 12-year academic career is a unique accomplishment that is the culmination of hard work and determination. I know these students are well prepared for the next step after high school and I congratulate them, their parents and their teachers on this achievement.”
Irmo High principal David Riegel was extremely impressed at Chong’s accomplishment and elated to know that the district’s only recipient of this was from Irmo High.
“What a day this must be for Joshua,” Riegel smiled. “Not only does he walk across the stage and receive his diploma that he has worked so hard for, but he also is recognized for an incredible feat that not many can achieve. Having 12 years of perfect attendance is truly remarkable and we wish Joshua nothing but the best as he moves on in his journey of life!”
When asked how he was able to not miss a day, Chong laughed and said, “I guess I have a strong immune system!”