by Melissa Federspill, staff writer
Uvalde High School student Brittany Ramon celebrated two feats on the evening of Friday, May 24: graduating fifth in her class and never missing a day of school along the way.
That’s 14 years – or an estimated 2,520 days – of always showing up, despite any of life’s challenges.
“It really started out as a goal I had,” said Norma Ramon, Brittany’s mother. “It was very important to me that my kids made it to school, and later on Brittany really got into it.”
The tides were turned when Brittany was about 8 years old.
“When I was a fourth-grader at Anthon Elementary, I received a trophy for having perfect attendance from pre-kindergarten to fourth,” said Brittany. “It was in that moment, when receiving the trophy made me feel very important, that I knew I never wanted to miss a day of school.”
Brittany added that throughout the years she always felt like if she missed a day of school she would fall behind.
Her accomplishments indicate that she’s done nothing like fall behind; she graduated with a grade point average of 102.103 and 30 credit hours towards the radiologic technology program at Southwest Texas Junior College, where she hopes to attend in the fall.
“I attended the college classes at the junior college at night, after being in class at the high school, so I could get my prerequisites done,” said Brittany.
Her typical week included going to classes during the day, and then attending the junior college from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on alternating evenings.
She’s been recognized statewide for her accomplishment, receiving a plaque from the Governor of Texas and presented at an award ceremony where she was also lauded by Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District Superintendent Hal Harrell.
“It is my honor to celebrate Brittany Ramon, who has been enrolled in our district since pre-kindergarten and graduating with 14 years of perfect attendance and being ranked fifth in her class,” said Harrell.
“To my knowledge this is the first time I am able to celebrate such a grand achievement with one of our students.”
Harrell has been with the district for 26 years.
Brittany has also been recognized by the City of Uvalde, and by Uvalde County Judge Bill Mitchell. Mitchell signed a proclamation declaring May 24 as Brittany Ramon Day in Uvalde.
“She accomplished a goal that I had for her, but she finished it. I feel very proud,” Norma said when asked about her thoughts on the accomplishment.
Brittany said she still has her fourth-grade trophy. She keeps it in her bedroom for motivation.
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