From his first day of kindergarten to his last day of high school, Westlake High School student Blake Wolfe was there — every day.

The 17-year-old has not missed a single day of school since he started kindergarten IN WHAT YEAR?. He said he realized he had not missed a day of school in elementary school and wanted to make it a goal to keep his perfect attendance.

Having perfect attendance is no small feat. In a 2016 study done by the Department of Education, they found over seven million students, a whopping 16 percent of the student population, missed 15 or more days of school in 2015-16.

Wolfe stayed motivated throughout it all to achieve his goal.

“Friends were probably my biggest motivation, and then the teachers and my parents,” Wolfe said.

Wolfe was incredibly involved in high school and was on the basketball and track and field team, as well as participated in marching band in the drum line.

“(Sports) kind of also motivated me because if you didn’t go to school, you didn’t get to really play an actual game,” Wolfe said. “Just looking forward to practices and games, it was a great time.”

Wolf said he feels fortunate that he never had an injury or illness that prevented him from missing school. He added, “People that are trying to say that it’s fake, they just don’t understand that I just got really lucky.”

Like every teenager, there were days he did not want to go to school. However, Wolfe was committed to his goal of having perfect attendance and kept his motivations in mind.

“There were so many times where I just didn’t want to go to school,” Wolfe said. “I just did it anyway, I just got up and did it.”

Wolfe recently graduated from Westlake High School and will attend Bluffton University to study business and sports management. He will continue to play basketball in college and hopes to continue to keep up his perfect attendance.

Contact this reporter at mheideman@westlifenews.com or 440-871-5797.

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