Two Anchorage School District students rewarded for exceptional attendance

March 30, 2016

ANCHORAGE, ALASKA – Two Anchorage School District students were selected as third quarter winners in the Drive for Perfect Attendance Recognition Program. Andrew Xayasone, a 10th-grader from Service High School, was awarded 25,000 Alaska Airlines Miles courtesy of GCI. Monet Reimers, a seventh-grader from Northern Lights ABC School, received an iPad from GCI. The program, which recognizes Anchorage School District students each quarter for their attendance achievements, is in its third year.

“As an employer, GCI values the hard work it takes to earn perfect attendance, and we’re proud to recognize these students for their dedication,” said GCI Senior Vice President and General Manager Paul Landes. “We recognize that stellar attendance is not only important for a student’s academic performance, but plays an important role in his or her future career.”

Perfect attendance statistics for the third quarter of the 2015–2016 school year highlight the dedication of students who did not miss a day of school. During the third quarter, 2,298 of the district’s middle school students in grades six through eight earned perfect attendance. At the high school level, 3,244 students in grades nine through 12 had perfect attendance in the third quarter.

Statistics for students with 95 percent or higher attendance show how committed students are to their attendance this school year. At the middle school level, 4,407 students have 95 percent or higher attendance, which is more than half of students in grades six through eight. At the high school level, 5,497 students reached that mark, which is 46 percent of students in grades nine through 12. Among high school upperclassmen, 2,037, or 38 percent of students in grades 11 and 12, met that standard.

There are still 503 high school students with yearlong perfect attendance who are eligible to win the grand prize on May 3, 2016. One junior or senior who has earned perfect attendance in the 2015–2016 school year will be selected at random to receive a 2015 Jeep Renegade from Lithia Chrysler Jeep Dodge of South Anchorage. Four runners-up will receive 50,000 Alaska Airlines Miles from GCI. All high school students with perfect attendance will be entered to win one of four pairs of round-trip tickets to Seward or Denali courtesy of the Alaska Railroad. Subway of Alaska will give every high school student with 95 percent or higher attendance a foot-long sandwich voucher. The middle school student will receive an Ultimate Field Day for his or her entire school thanks to For Fun Alaska.  The field day will have elements like inflatable mazes, slides, bouncy boxing and more.

The Drive for Perfect Attendance Recognition Program is an Anchorage School District School Business Partnership program and is made possible by local businesses including GCI, Lithia Chrysler Jeep Dodge of South Anchorage, IBEW, Fun For Alaska, Saltchuk Corporation, Alaska Airlines, Subway of Alaska and the Alaska Railroad.

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