Juan Zamora has never missed a day of school in his life.
He has had a perfect attendance record since starting Pre-K.
“Missing a day of school is like missing an opportunity and there’s of plenty of other kids who don’t have the same opportunity as I have, so that’s what encourages me the most and it should encourage other kids as well,” said Zamora, a McAllen Memorial High School senior.
Zamora, straight A student, doesn’t just have perfect attendance, he’s also actively involved in campus activities.
“I’m in National Honor Society, the Spanish National Honor Society, the InterACT Club, I was in the soccer team, I’m a percussionist and I run cross country and track,” Zamora said.
Zamora also never missed a day while on the track team.
“Even if I was sick, that’s not an excuse,” Zamora said.
That attitude is what the staff at Memorial High School said makes him the perfect student.
“He’s an inspiration to his band members, his cross country team, he helps us as an office aid,” said Rebecca Bechtold, Memorial High asst. principal. “He’s the all around mustang and really a great great kid.”
Zamora typically gets to school at 6:30 a.m. every morning for cross country practice and leaves around 7 a.m. in the evening after band rehearsal, but always makes sure to stop at the library in between, something one of the librarians on campus says is a joy.
“He comes in here every day and wishes us a good morning and that is just amazing, it’s amazing, it’s like he loves being in school,” said Lupita Nava, librarian.
Zamora only has days left before he graduates and will have officially gone to school for more than 2,600 days.
“I’m planning to keep the same study habits and also be present for college and for work,” Zamora said.
Zamora plans on double majoring in business and kinesiology, and has several offers for scholarships from multiple universities.