Sunday, June 04, 2000

12 grades, no absences for Mason graduate

By Sue Kiesewetter
Enquirer Contributor

        MASON — For 12 years, Susan Hubley has lived a student's nightmare and a teacher's dream: she's only been sick on weekends.

        The 18-year-old Mason High School student was the only one in her Class of 2000 to have perfect attendance from first grade through 12th. School officials don't know of another student in recent memory who's accomplished that feat.

        Making it through school with no absences is a goal Ms. Hubley set for herself when she transferred from Mount Healthy's Rex Ralph Elementary School to Mason Middle School when her family moved to Mason.

        “I noticed it when I moved up here, and I was determined to do it,” said Ms. Hubley. “It was all me, but my parents are the ones who supported me.”

        Her resolve was tested recently on the traditional “Senior Skip Day” when many of her classmates went canoeing and urged her to join them. Not Ms. Hubley; she dutifully went to her classes.

        “There was never a morning we had to force her out of bed,” said her father, Roger Hubley. “She sets her own alarm clock, gets up, makes breakfast, and gets herself ready. She is self-motivated.”

        Ms. Hubley said she hasn't been sick often, but had some flu bouts — always on weekends.

        “She never, ever had a fever or was contagious. We wouldn't have let her go to school if she were,” Mr. Hubley said. “I think it's super what she did. She set a goal for herself and worked toward it.”

        Ms. Hubley said she hasn't yet given any thought to extending her streak another four years while attending Wright State University.

        Right now, she's too busy, working part-time in Mason's engineering department and part-time at Paramount's Kings Island.


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