SAN ANTONIO - For both Harlandale High School’s Joshua Salazar and McCollum High School’s Chloe Gonzalez, education has always been at the forefront of their academic career.
“Knowledge is really, really important,” Salazar said. “Education is important.”
Both are graduating Thursday, but will be receiving more than just their high school diploma. They will be graduating with perfect attendance ever since pre-kindergarten.
They said it all started with the support of their mothers.
“I grew up in a house with a mother that was in the academic scene of the school, and so she kind of pushed me really hard to go to school every single day,” Salazar said.
“I depended on my mom on encouraging me to always want to go to school,” Gonzalez said.
Joshua’s mother, Rosemary Salazar, said she’s proud to see her son understands the importance of attending school.
“It’s just very important to me for my children to be instilled with that knowledge that education is important,” Rosemary Salazar said.
Both seniors said the perfect streak came with its challenges.
“In my middle school years, I started to think maybe this isn't worth it anymore,” Salazar said. “I just kept pushing and pushing.”
“You wake up one morning, and you think, 'do I have to go?'” Gonzalez said. “I have had that feeling of course."
Gonzalez said missing school didn’t only affect her but those around her as well.
“I learned that I’m not the only one learning,” Gonzalez said. “I’m going to school to teach others too, whether it’d be my teacher or my other classmates as well.”
Both said it’s a great habit to have in their future endeavors.
“I can take this with me and input into my future to make me become a better person for my community and for myself,” Gonzalez said.
“I feel like employers will look at it as a benefit because I’ll never miss a day,” Salazar said.
Salazar is planning on attending Palo Alto College and then transfer to Texas A&M. As for Gonzalez, she is going to attend The University of Texas at San Antonio.