Wednesday, June 16, 1999

Perfect attendance reflects student's will

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        COVINGTON — Holmes High School graduate Angela Scales would like to revise the engraving on the plaque she received for 12 years of perfect attendence.

        “She wants an asterisk or something at the bottom that says, "It wasn't my fault I missed that one day in kindergarten, my mom made me stay home,'” said her father, Jerry Scales.

        Ms. Scales, 18, said she begged her mother to let her go to kindergarten despite a slight cold, but she was “forced” to stay home.

        That one absence haunts her mother to this day. Angela makes sure of it.

        “I still tease her about it,” she said. “I say, "I could have had 13' and then sigh a little.” Mr. Scales said his daughter's commitment to good attendence comes from within.

        “I can't remember a day that she didn't want to go to school,” he said. “That ethic probably comes from my mother more than it does from me. Maybe it skips a generation.”

        As her manager at the Fort Thomas Hader Hardware Store, Mr. Scales said she shows the same determination when it comes to work attendence, taking off for school related events only.

        Ms. Scales, who was ranked 14th in her class and received the state's highest diploma, the Commonwealth, said she also coveted the attendance plaque for a selfish reason.

        “It was the one thing I knew I would get at Honors Night,” she said.

        Ms. Scales plans to attend the University of Kentucky next fall.


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