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Fitch grad has perfect record

June 12, 2019
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

At Fitch High School, 398 students graduated last month. One of those students accomplished something that is very rare. Brett Porter, one of the 21 valedictorians for 2019, went from kindergarten through his senior year without missing one day of school.

His parents, Michelle and Harold Porter, said his record had a lot to do with good health, perseverance and determination. Harold added that it was also in keeping with a family tradition.

"My wife has been a teacher in the Austintown Schools for the past 26 years so we greatly stressed the importance of attendance and education," Harold said. "I never missed K-12. His sister Alyssa (Fitch class of 2016) never missed K-12 and he has three younger siblings who have also never missed school. I followed my brother George Rohrbaugh Fitch class of 1971."

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Fitch graduate Brett Porter finished his K-12 years at Fitch with a shining perfect attendance record.

Brett said there were days when he really didn't want to go to school, but he forced himself to go. His focus on attendance was so strong it became second nature.

"It is pretty normal to me," Brett said. "It's all I've known for the past 13 years and it's something I've always done. Other people tell me how incredible it is and they don't know how I did it but it's just something I expected of myself for years.

Brett will attend The University of Akron this fall to major in nursing. After his first four years he plans to further his education in Akron's anesthesia program in hopes to become a CRNA (nurse anesthetist). As to continuing his perfect record in college, he remains optimistic.

"It's not something I necessarily plan on doing but if it happens, it happens," he said. "It will definitely be weird if I miss some classes during college since it is not something I'm used to."

Brett received a plaque from Austintown Schools. He was awarded several scholarships that may have played a role in his selections, but none were specifically for attendance.

"He was the only student in his class of 398 to achieve this," Harold said. "And our daughter is the only other student we've heard of achieving this in Austintown."

 
 

 

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