BROADDUS, TX (KTRE) - A Broaddus student is rounding out her primary education with perfect attendance for not just one year but for every year since pre-kindergarten.
Makaylea Daugherty said her dedication comes from a strong responsibility to her studies.
"There were those days that I've crutched in, wheel chaired in, stuff like that from sports and stuff, but, you know, you just got to push through," Maykaylea said.
However, Makaylea said her dedication to school really started when her two older brothers graduated with perfect attendance.
"And, then they were like, well, if you don't do it, then that's something we've got up on you," Daugherty said. "And, that's when it turned into the friendly competition."
And, that competition came with kind words of encouragement.
"And, they've motivated me when it's hard to get up," Daugherty said. "Like, you know, you got to do it. If you don't, then all that in the past means nothing."
Makaylea's teacher of four years, Kelly Mancill, said she's watched her student push through a bad day.
"She was just ashen, just gray, and you could tell she did not feel well," Mancill said. "And, I told her we're good, I'll get your spot covered. You go home. And, she said, "No, I have to fulfill my responsibilities."
Mancill added that Makaylea's hard work was obvious early on.
"When she was in junior high, we actually had to sit her down and talk to her about shortening her answers because she would write essays for short answers because she just wanted you to know everything," Mancill said.
Ever since, teachers like Keith Mixon have seen the effect it has on other students.
"Due to that fact we have some kids that have stepped up their attendance and wanted to be here because of Kay Kay," Mixon said.
And when asked their opinion on Makaylea's future?
"She's going to do whatever she wants to do because she works so hard - everything that she does," Mancill said. "If she puts her mind to it, she will accomplish it."
Makaylea plans to go to Texas A&M University to study agriculture and life sciences. She also hopes to one day work as a doctor in an emergency room.