MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Neither bad weather nor car accident nor even feeling bad could stop Gennesaret Sealy from attending school every single day, nor could they stop her brother before her.
Sealy is set to graduate June 5 from Loveless Academic Magnet Program High School in Montgomery with a perfect attendance record since she entered kindergarten 13 years ago. Principal Sylvia Goshton said Sealy has not missed a day or been tardy in high school. School records show she did not miss a day in kindergarten, elementary school or junior high school either.
That includes days when she didn’t feel like getting out of bed, a time during high school when family car problems forced her to take a city bus to and from school and the day that she and her mom were in a car crash on the way to school.
“It happened all of a sudden and my first thought was I’m going to be late to school,” Gennesaret said. However, the wreck turned out not to be serious. They hurried through the police paperwork and she still got to school on time.
When she had to ride a city bus to and from school, her mother said, “She didn’t want her friends to see her riding the city bus.”
But she went.
Attending school every day is a family tradition for the Sealys. Gennesaret’s brother, Sosthenes, also never missed a day of school from K-12. He graduated in 2007 and is near graduation at Montgomery’s Faulkner University.
Gennesaret Sealy plans to attend the University of Alabama in the fall and major in communications.
She said that with all the temptations of being on her own, it will be hard to maintain the perfect attendance record in college.
“As much as I can I’m going to try to be in class on time, but at the same time I’m going to have fun,” she said.