Waianae High School senior will graduate Friday with perfect attendance record. And it’s not just through high school, but all the way back to kindergarten. It’s a mind boggling streak. But Eddie Keller Jr. says as a kid, he wanted to see how long he could keep it going. And he just couldn’t stop.

A Waianae High School senior will graduate on Friday with a perfect attendance record. And its not just through high school, but all the way back to kindergarten.
Its a mind boggling streak. But Eddie Keller Jr. says as a kid, he wanted to see how long he could keep it going. And he just couldnt stop.
His quest for perfection started at Leihoku Elementary School. Even at such a young age, he wanted to accomplish something many would find difficult.
I just wanted to try and see how long I can get perfect attendance, Keller said.
So every year you got it? KHON2 asked.
Yup, he said.
From kindergarten through high school, The Department of Education confirmed that Keller made it to school everyday. Perfect attendance at Leihoku, Waianae Intermediate, and Waianae High School. A streak of more than 2,000 school days.
Thats a lot, I didnt even know that was that much, Keller said.
He always told me hes not gonna miss school.He likes success to get better jobs.He likes to be dependable, buy a house, said his father Edwin Keller.
Yes, there were times when he was sick. But he didnt want to ruin his record. So he would see the school nurse and go back to class. There was a time when he broke his arm, but that didnt keep him home either.
Why didnt you want to stay home when you were sick? KHON2 asked.
Just wanted to go to school, get perfect attendance, and learn, said Eddie.
There were many challenges along the way aside from being sick. One of the biggest challenges the family had to face, they were homeless for about five months. They lived on the beach and even then Eddie Jr. never missed a day of school. He was never even late.
His parents sayEddie has always been responsible. He has four younger sisters who look up to him. And yes, they too have perfect attendance records.
Eddie will work this summer. He plans to go to the University of Hawaii and wants to continue that perfect attendance record. He eventually wants to become a firefighter.

Our rights!

ATLANTA — Despite the NFL’s approval of a revised policy that requires players on the field to stand during the national anthem, Jets chairman Christopher Johnson told Newsday on Wednesday that his players are free to take a knee or perform some other protest without fear of repercussion from the team.

League owners unanimously adopted a policy that allows players who don’t want to participate in the anthem to remain in the locker room. Players who do appear on the field for the anthem must stand; if they don’t, their respective club faces a league-issued fine and teams can levy additional fines.

“I do not like imposing any club-specific rules,” Johnson said. “If somebody [on the Jets] takes a knee, that fine will be borne by the organization, by me, not the players. I never want to put restrictions on the speech of our players. Do I prefer that they stand? Of course. But I understand if they felt the need to protest. There are some big, complicated issues that we’re all struggling with, and our players are on the front lines. I don’t want to come down on them like a ton of bricks, and I won’t. There will be no club fines or suspensions or any sort of repercussions. If the team gets fined, that’s just something I’ll have to bear.”

Johnson has been highly critical of the possibility that owners would require players to stand. During the owners meetings in Orlando in March, Johnson told reporters he didn’t feel a change in protocol was necessary. “I know there’s some discussion of keeping players off the field until after the anthem. I think that’s a particularly bad idea . . . I just think that trying to forcibly get the players to shut up is a fantastically bad idea.”

No Jets players took a knee last season. Instead, the players, coaches and Johnson locked arms during the playing of the anthem. Johnson also has worked closely with several Jets players, as well as former linebacker Demario Davis, who now plays with the Saints, to promote social justice and criminal reform issues. He wants that work to continue and will speak with players and coaches in the coming days to make sure the new workplace guidelines don’t interfere with that mission.

“I seriously struggled with this,” he said of the anthem modifications approved by the owners. “You know my position on the anthem, and you have to understand that the plan we ended up with, due to some serious work in the [meeting] room, was vastly less onerous than the one that was presented to me late last week. In the end, I felt I had to support it from a membership standpoint.”

The fact that Johnson will pay any fines out of his own pocket and not sanction any players who may want to demonstrate during the anthem made it more palatable that he join his fellow owners in approving the anthem protocol.

“Even without those fines, this is going to be tough on the players, and I want a chance to speak with the coaches and other players to get feedback on this policy and to build on the good work and momentum that we have built up on these issues of social justice, on legislation, and all the things that we can do,” he said. “I don’t think that this policy will interfere with that at all.

“I have a really good relationship with the players, and I hope we can keep that going and I trust that we will. I’m so proud of our players and their efforts to date. I think that is the most important thing to get across. I could not be more proud of the guys.”

How a group of teenagers convinced the Utah legislature to recognize climate change

(CNN) Piper Christian has yet to vote in her first election, but she’s already changing the political landscape in her state.

The 18-year-old from Utah spent two years spearheading a resolution for the state legislature to acknowledge climate change.

After a long journey through the House and Senate, Republican Gov. Gary Herbert officially signed the resolution in March and held a ceremonial signing with the students last week.

The resolution is not a law, but a statement “emphasizing that protection of our environment and investment in our community are not mutually exclusive,” in Christian’s own words.

The Logan High School senior says she and other students from her school started organizing in 2016 when they learned of an earlier state resolution urging the Environmental Protection Agency to stop regulating carbon emissions.

“Our little high school environmental club got wind of this, and we were really inspired to be more involved politically,” she told CNN, referring to the Logan Environmental Action Force.

When the teenagers attempted to introduce their bill to the Senate in 2017, they were denied a hearing by the Natural Resources Committee.

But they didn’t give up. The students organized their own unofficial hearing and invited legislators and students of all ages to attend.

“We completely packed one of the biggest conference rooms in the (state) Capitol. It was standing room only,” Christian said. “Students from all over the state were able to testify about why climate change is important.”

Mishka Banuri, a junior at West High School, was one such student. She was inspired to see the diversity in backgrounds and beliefs of the young people who spoke, and explained to lawmakers why environmental conservation is important to her.

Republican Rep. Becky Edwards also attended. Edwards was so impressed with the students’ analysis of the issue that she decided to sponsor their bill.

Although it did not pass that year, she continued working with the teenagers to draft a bipartisan resolution that could pull through in the 2018 session.

“We were not interested in fighting the battle of ‘do you believe in climate change?” Edwards told CNN. “That was less important to us than getting to the point of ‘can we all agree that changes are happening?”

Christian and Banuri, along with dozens of their peers, focused on breaking down the issue into how rising temperatures, snowfall and air quality affect Utah residents every day.

They listened to lawmakers who were initially opposed to the bill and added language to represent the concerns of their constituents.

This year, the committee that had rejected the first hearing unanimously passed the resolution.

“I’m hoping that other conservative states, people and students especially see that it is possible to work towards a healthy future and not lose hope,” said Banuri.

She believes that if they could find bipartisan solutions in a state like Utah — which has 86 Republicans and 18 Democrats in the legislature, according to their online rosters — then similar measures can be taken in other places.

Both Banuri and Christian will continue advocating for environmental progress in their state and around the country.

“What was critical was that we got the conversation started,” said Christian. “I would like to see further legislation, and I would love for young people to be a part of the conversation.”