Simon Kenton senior Anthony Dalton has been awarded the 2012 KDPP Senior Perfect Attendance Scholarship for Region 7.
“Several of the region DPPs met yesterday to review all of the applications, and it was very notable that there were many outstanding students who were eligible for the scholarship. However, after review of the applications the group selected Anthony based on his academic history at SK, his community involvement activities, and his outstanding attendance (Anthony had perfect attendance grades K-12). We are very proud of all of the applicants, and the Region wants to wish Anthony the best of luck as he begins his post-secondary educational career at the University of Cincinnati where he will pursue a degree in Computer Engineering,” said Mike Ford, President of Region 7 NKDPP Association.
Read more about Anthony and his remarkable education career in the article below.
SK student racks up 13 years perfect school attendance
Tony Dalton holds his most recent award for perfect attendance at Simon Kenton High School. He did not miss one day of school from kindergarten through his senior year. / Amy Scalf/ The Community Recorder
INDEPENDENCE — Tony Dalton understands what it means to go the distance.
Not only has he been a distance runner on Simon Kenton’s track team, Dalton has also never missed a day of school from kindergarten through his senior year.
He went to Kenton Elementary for kindergarten through second grade, then attended White’s Tower Elementary, and moved on to Twenhofel and Simon Kenton, never missing one day.
During the past couple of years, other students have asked how he managed to keep up his attendance, and he has a simple answer.
“Suck it up and go to school,” he said.
Dalton’s mom, Jessie, said he was never really sick, and the only adjustment she ever had to make was setting his doctor and dentist appointments as late as possible.
“I think it’s awesome,” she said. “I’m thrilled, but there’s not a lot of recognition for this kind of achievement.”
He does have a row of awards and plaques as well as certificates from each year to commemorate his perfect attendance.
Dalton said he was in the sixth grade when he realized “it was a good streak to keep.”
His freshman science teacher, Nathan Gilbert, also had an eight-year perfect attendance streak from fifth grade through graduation.
Gilbert said, “He is an outstanding young man. Tony is a very respectful young man, a hard worker and an accomplished student.”
Gilbert, who is Simon Kenton’s wrestling and girls’ tennis coach, has also worked with Dalton through the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Dalton has been a freshman mentor and has participated on the Future Problem Solving team, which is part of the school’s academic team, all while maintaining A/B honor roll status.