FREMONT COUNTY, Wyo. — You could call him the anti-Ferris Bueller.
A Wyoming teen is making a run for the record books by being in school everyday since the start of kindergarten.
Throughout the halls at Lander Valley High School, there’s always one person you’ll see. That’s graduating senior Dakota Weiss, a drum major for the high school band, and someone who hasn’t missed a day of school in 13 years.
“It was one of those things I set my mind to as a little kid in kindergarten,” Weiss said. “Then when I finally did it there was some rough patches, but when I did it, it was a great accomplishment.”
Dakota’s quest for the perfect record began at West Elementary, the school now known as Baldwin Creek Elementary, where he says his mom pushed him to go to school everyday. Weiss took that as a challenge, and is now the first student in Wyoming to achieve the feat.
“Well, I have two older siblings, like I said that I look up to and everything, and my brother was always the athletic one and everything so just having that, I could finally say I did something that no one else has, and then having that on my back saying hey you guys, I did this,” Weiss said.
Weiss wasn’t just showing up to school everyday, but also impressing his teachers along the way – no excuses of dog ate the homework. He’s no Ferris Bueller. Especially to his former elementary school Principal Leslie Voxland.
“Dakota, he’s a perfect example of a kid that I believe is going to be very successful, and he has started out on his path being present, everyday here, and I guarantee you in college, he will be as well,” Voxland said.
After Weiss graduates on Sunday, he plans to attend Casper College, to become, fittingly, an elementary school teacher. Clearly, he can’t get enough of school.
“I was like that for a long time but education is the best route to go for me because I love, for one, being at school and I want to help people, and that’s the best way to do it,” Weiss said.
It speaks to his work ethic and old school traits for a new school atmosphere.
(Phillip Benotti for KTWO, CNN)