Naperville Student Never Missed A Day In 12 Years

Steve Miller
June 04, 2018 - 4:02 pm

Mark McCabe (courtesy: McCabe family)

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NAPERVILLE (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- An 18-year-old who just graduated from Naperville North High School has earned more than a diploma: He's earned a perfect attendance record, for all 12 years he was in school.

Every day, every week, every year, Mark McCabe was where he was supposed to be: in class.

Mark's father, Mike McCabe, says his son's 12-year perfect attendance streak is, first of all, a blessing.

"We think of good health as being much more of a blessing than it is an accomplishment. We really are grateful that he's been that lucky,” the elder McCabe said.

"But at the same time, when you string together 12 consecutive years of perfect attendance, you feel like there's something more than good luck at work,” he added. “And I guess that's where the pride starts to come into play."

McCabe said he knows his son was tempted along the way.

"He would have loved to have taken a day off school and gone downtown to be part of the celebration when the Cubs won the World Series,” he said.

But Mark went to class.

Mark McCabe will attend University of Illinois at Chicago. His father said as a student athlete, Mark already knows he'll miss a few classes.