BALLYMENA student Jonathan McGaughey was among eight young people from throughout the North Eastern Education & Library Board area who have been commended and congratulated for achieving full attendance at primary and post primary school.
Jonathan, who studied at Portglenone Primary and later at Ballymena Academy, had an unblemished record for 14 years.
He and the other seven young people from Ballycastle, Ballymoney, Larne, Newtownabbey and Portrush areas had a combined total of 108 years without missing a day off school.
The remaining four who achieved exemplary attendance for fourteen years were: At a certificate presentation at Antrim Board Centre, the Board’s Chairman Rev Selwoode Graham commended all the young adults for their excellent achievement.
He said: “It is absolutely fantastic to see so many young people being honoured for not having missed a day off school in twelve or fourteen years. You all should feel extremely proud of yourselves for such dedication, which I hope continues into your adult life.
“Being blessed with good health plays a huge part, but credit also goes to your parents for their encouragement during times which may have been very difficult.
“I would like to take this opportunity to wish each and every one of you best wishes for your future and may you succeed in all that you do,” added Rev Graham.