Young woman who never missed a day of school (not one single day!) is rewarded with scholarships and the honor of being named class Valedictorian.

Ashanti Palmer had perfect attendance from pre-K through high school, according to Mount Vernon City School District in New York. That’s more than 4,600 days!

“In terms of my perfect attendance, it wasn’t something that I sought out,” she said in a statement released by her school district. “I knew that showing up to school every day was important, because even missing one day can set you back.”

Palmer didn’t even realize she had never missed a day of class until her sophomore year. So guess what? She made it her goal to keep the streak alive.

“Ashanti’s achievements in the Mount Vernon schools have been nothing short of remarkable,” Kenneth R. Hamilton, Mount Vernon City School District Superintendent, said in a press release. “We strive to ensure our students graduate from here college- and career-ready, and Ashanti is a testament to that goal.”

Her commitment to excel, and her dedication and focus on her academic career resulted in her being named valedictorian for the class of 2020. She received over $400,000 in scholarships and plans to continue her education at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York.

“Being named valedictorian feels good because it shows that all the hard work I’ve put in over the years has paid off, and that effort is being celebrated in a big way,” Palmer said in the press release.

During her speech at the virtual graduation, her advice was to not compare yourself to others.

“When you compare your achievements to someone else’s you’re only creating an envious atmosphere for yourself, and growth cannot happen in one,” she said.

This accomplished young lady has a bright future ahead of her. She plans to pursue a degree in biomedical engineering and medicine, following RPI’s pre-med track.

She plans to open her own research company with a focus on employing women of color in STEM fields. No doubt she will meet whatever goal she sets for herself.

BRAVO to this amazing young lady. Job well done!