Local Student Has 13 Years of Perfect Attendance

It's hard to be perfect; in fact, sometimes even impossible. But 18-year-old Amanda Seiden has achieved perfection in at least one area: perfect attendance kindergarten through 12th grade.

"I just thought it was important to be at school, so I came," Amanda said.

But it hasn't always been easy.

"There were times that I didn't want to come to school because I was too tired to come to school or hadn't done my homework and wanted to miss and finish it," she said.

Now, you may be wondering, didn't she ever get sick?

"Mostly on weekends and holidays," Amanda said. "I don't know why I just didn't get sick on school days. I'd come to school with little coughs and things, but nothing bad."

Believe it or not, Amanda is not the first student in TISD history to have perfect attendance. The first was actually her older sister, Rebecca, who graduated in 1996.

"She said, I can't make all A's maybe, but I can always be at school," Anna, Amanda's mother, said.

Then came Amanda's older brothers: Kevin, who graduated in '98 and Timothy, in 2001. Both had perfect attendance.

"I'm very surprised that all four of them were able to maintain it," Anna said. "I'm very proud of them. We've been very blessed with the good health, which helped a lot."

Amanda has also surprised her teachers.

"She shows up to every performance that we've had here, every activity," Marcus Bryant, Amanda's Band Director at Robert E. Lee High School, said. "She's always there."

With just one day of school left, we're pretty sure Amanda will do anything not to miss tomorrow, to complete her family's "perfect" track record.

Amanda graduates from Lee Friday. And by the way, her father works at KLTV.

Julie Tam, reporting.