High school senior has perfect attendance - for all 13 years

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June 01, 2000|By Lorraine Gingerich | Lorraine Gingerich,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

WOULDN'T YOU love to see your son or daughter go through an entire year of school without missing a day? Or have perfect attendance during middle school? Could you ever dream that one of your children could attend all 13 years of school with perfect attendance?

Well, that's what Lauren Gray did.

Lauren, a senior at Glenelg High School, has had perfect attendance during her 13 years in Howard County public schools. Last week, at an awards ceremony at her school, she was honored with a plaque and certificate for her accomplishment. Three other perfect attendance awards were given at Glenelg, but those recipients had perfect attendance "only" in high school.

Lauren, a Woodbine resident, is the daughter of John and Penny Gray. She was glad that one of her parents was there every morning to help get her off to school. Her mother is pleased about her accomplishment.

"These guys really enjoyed the school experience," Penny Gray said. "None of my children have ever been sick enough to warrant missing school."

Lauren attended Bushy Park Elementary and Glenwood Middle schools.

"I got sick like everyone else, but just not sick enough to miss school," she said. "It's so much easier to just go. You don't miss anything."

Although she wasn't a straight "A" student, Lauren did well in school - well enough to receive a full academic scholarship to Hood College in Frederick. Lauren said, "If you go [to school] every day you have to learn something."

Lauren is not the first in her family to earn this honor. She joins her older siblings, Patrick, 20, and Kristen, 22, who also had perfect attendance during their 13 years in school.

Lauren is modest about the achievement. "I don't think of it as such a big deal," she said. "It's not something I tried to do. I just go to school every day."

Flea market

Animal Advocates of Howard County will hold a fund-raiser flea market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 10 at the Applications and Research Laboratory parking lot, 10920 Route 108, Ellicott City.

The rain date is June 11. Knickknacks, toys, clothing and household items will be available. Fresh baked goods will be sold. Donations of bedding, towels and washable pet toys will be accepted for the animals at Howard County Animal Control.

Animal Advocates will use the funds raised to help expand its spay-and-neuter program for the pets of low-income families. Other programs include humane education, adoption display boards, maintaining a Web site and emergency medical funds for needy families.

Information: 410-880-2488.

Good-bye bands

The River Hill High School Jazz Band and Jazz Labs will present an "Au Revoir" concert at 7 p.m. June 28 in Centennial Park.

The musicians will perform in preparation for their departure to France on July 3. In France and Switzerland, they will perform in various jazz venues. The Jazz Band has recently been honored by being selected to open for Count Basie's Orchestra at the VilleneuveJazz Festival.

The "Au Revoir" concert is free and open to the public. The music department's final fund-raiser of the school year will be a free car wash in front of the school Saturday. Times of the car wash will be announced on the sign in front of the school. Donations will be accepted.

Outstanding educators

Congratulations to Bushy Park Elementary staffers Lynda Powelland Becky Rocco. Powell, a first-grade teacher, was honored as a nominee for the First-Year Teacher Award. Rocco, a media assistant, was honored as an Outstanding Instructional Assistant nominee.

Scholarship winner

Nicole Apollonof Clarksville, a graduating senior at McDonogh School in Owings Mills, has been named a Regional Scholar in the 1999-2000 Coca-Cola Scholars program. She will receive a four-year renewable scholarship from the Coca-Cola Foundation.

Nicole is one of 250 students out of 117,000 applicants to be named a Regional Scholar. She plans to attend Princeton University in the fall.

Graduation breakfast

Glenelg Country School will hold its annual breakfast in honor of graduating seniors at Tersiguel'sFrench Country Restaurant in Ellicott City today. Headmaster of the Upper School Ryland O. Chapman, board of trustees members, faculty class advisors and students will attend the gathering at Tersiguel's, which is a business education partner of the school.

The school will have its commencement at 6 p.m. June 9 in the Graduation Garden.

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