MHS student hopes for perfect attendance

Monday, June 13, 2016
Allison Johnson, who lives one block down from McCook Senior High, has not missed a day of school since she first started in kindergarten. (Lorri Sughroue/McCook Gazette)

McCOOK, Neb. -- Allison (Alli) Johnson has never missed a day of school. So far.

The 16-year-old, who will be a junior this year at McCook High School, said skipping school has never appealed to her and that she hasn't been sick enough to warrant a day home.

"I feel like I'm missing out if I don't go and I really like to see my friends," Johnson said, who readily admits it's the social aspect of school she really likes. Plus, Johnson says she's never had more than a sore throat or sniffles. "I must have a really good immune system."

And attitude. The daughter of Deanna and Scott Johnson, her mom says it's never been a struggle getting Alli off to school in the morning.

"She's always been up and ready to go, I don't have to remind her about her backpack or anything," Deanna said.

Johnson said once she wakes up it's impossible for her to fall back asleep, so getting the day started is easy for her. She conceded that keeping that stellar attendance record will be more important than ever this upcoming year, as she's taking advance courses at the high school along with some college classes at McCook Community College.

She's also involved with thespians and drama, FBLA, National Honor Society and is the speech team president this year.

Like some kids who are naturally good at sports or math, Johnson said not missing school is just something she's good at.

"It's not really a big deal for me," she explained. "Some kids get on me for being an over-achiever, but it's kinda like my thing."

But it must not be genetic: her three younger siblings have not been able to replicate her record.

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