Ticonderoga When Andrew terSteege receives his diploma during Saturday’s commencement ceremony at Ticonderoga High School, he’ll set a record that will never be broken.
terSteege had perfect attendance while attending school. Not just high school, all school. terSteege never missed a day of class from kindergarten through graduation — that’s 2,353 days without an absence.
“It’s not a huge accomplishment,” terSteege said. “It’s not something people normally do, so I can see why people find it interesting. Really, though, it’s no big deal.”
The perfect attendance record isn’t something terSteege sought.
“I was in middle school when I realized I’d never missed a day of school,” he said. “I decided to try to make it through eighth grade without missing a day. I did that, then decided four more years would be OK.”
terSteege admits there were days — most days — he didn’t want to get up and go to school.
“I’ll admit, school has been hard for me,” terSteege said. “It hasn’t been easy and it’ll be a relief to graduate. But it will be bittersweet. I’m going to miss a lot of people.”
The secret to perfect attendance is routine, terSteege said.
“I have my routine every morning,” he explained. “I hit the snooze alarm, wait five minutes, get up, shower, eat breakfast, listen to some music and go to school. It’s the same every day. That makes it much easier.”
terSteege, the son of Robin Forand of Ticonderoga, came close to missing school a couple of years ago.
“I remember a day I had a 103 temperature and a bad headache, but I went to school anyway,” he recalled. “I was about to go to the nurse and go home, but I got lucky. School closed early because of snow and the next day was a snow day. That saved me.”