MORRIS – Some of the best achievements in life are not planned.
Jade Provance never planned to go to school for 1,584 days of school from the first day of kindergarten to the last day of eighth grade, but it’s something she accomplished this year as she graduated from Shabbona Middle School in Morris.
“I never planned perfect attendance,” Provance said. “I just never missed.”
She said she’s never sick, and she’s never had a day where she woke up and just didn’t want to go.
“I don’t get why you’d want to miss school,” she said.
Her mother, Maryann Persico, and stepfather, Tony Persico, said their daughter is driven when it comes to goals.
“If she wants something, she just has to put her mind toward it to accomplish it,” Tony said.
When asked if she plans to try to have perfect attendance in high school as well, she said she knows she will have it.
While social studies and history are her favorite subjects, she is interested becoming something a little more scientific – a mission specialist for NASA.
She credits some of her love of school to her third-grade teacher, Gloria Varness, who was her favorite teacher as she passed through Morris Elementary School District 54.
To avoid missing school for appointments, they just scheduled them after school or on weekends, but even that time was scarce as she was involved in track and band for her three years at Shabbona.
During the last week of school, a field trip to Six Flags was on Thursday and several students didn’t return to school on Friday, but Provance was there, completing her ninth year of perfect attendance.
“I don’t understand why everyone doesn’t get perfect attendance,” she said. “The bus shows up. You get on it. It takes you to school, and then it brings you back.”
Provance attended kindergarten and first grade in Sheridan and then moved to Morris where she completed second through eighth grade.