ALDEN, N.Y. (WKBW) - Imagine going 12 years without missing a day of school. That's what Alden High School senior Eric Czuprynski did, and was recognized for his achievement.
"No one else has done it in our grade. It's exciting. It was senior skip day, and they said let's go to the beach and I was like, nope," Czuprynski said.
Eric's mom Diane said he was a healthy kid, so he didn't need to take any sick days. She said it was his drive that lead to this accomplishment.
"We're very proud of him. There were many times we wanted to go on a family trip, and it would mean missing one day of school. He didn't want to do that," Diane Czuprynski said.
Alden High School Principal Kevin Ryan said attendance is the key to success.
"If you're not here, you can't learn, and we pride ourselves on communicating with parents to support good attendance here," Ryan said.
Eric was not the only person receiving awards Friday. More than 200 students were recognized for everything from high grade point averages to success in the arts, math and science.
"It's our annual academic awards ceremony to recognize students, not only for their academic achievements but also things like attendance," Ryan said.
As for Eric, he's going to University at Buffalo to study computer engineering. He said although it will be challenging, he plans to keep going down the perfect attendance path.
"It would be good. I don't plan on missing one day," Czuprynski said.