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.