In a remarkable feat of dedication and impeccable timing, Evan Vossos, a recent graduate of Carl Sandburg High School, has completed a stunning 12 years of perfect attendance. Not even COVID-19, which coincidentally struck him on his birthday, could derail his streak, proving that not even a pandemic can keep Vossos away from his classroom throne.
Vossos, who began his perfect attendance journey in Orland District 135 as a fourth-grader, realised early on that he had an impressive record going. Determined to maintain it, he embraced the challenge effortlessly. "It felt natural to me," he confessed to hyperlocal news and information platform Patch. "It never felt like a chore. I never thought, 'UGH, school.' It always fell into line."
Even during his graduation ceremony, Vossos remained modest about his accomplishment, sporting a white cord around his neck to signify his exceptional achievement. His mother, Dimitra, proudly listed off his other accolades: membership in the National Honor Society, Math and Spanish honour societies, and an astounding 200 community service hours. Graduating with honours, Vossos also devoted eight years to attending Greek school every Saturday, becoming fluent in English, Greek, and Spanish and earning the Spanish Biliteracy Seal.
Vossos's compassion extends beyond his academic pursuits. He has devoted his time to volunteering with the Special Olympics and the Friendship Connection, a school group that fosters friendships with students with special needs. Additionally, he has supported players in the Tinley Park Challengers, a baseball league for young athletes with developmental disabilities. "He's a good kid," Dimitra praised. "He has a good heart and loves helping people."
"Once it was already in motion, I had to finish it."
Despite fleeting moments of temptation, such as when the Chicago Cubs won the World Series and some lucky kids skipped school to join the celebration, Vossos remained resolute. Sacrificing personal indulgences and even family vacations during the school year, he persevered. "Once it was already in motion, I had to finish it," Vossos shared.
Now, as Vossos embarks on his next chapter at Indiana University's esteemed Kelley School of Business, he sets his sights on a career as an accountant. His ultimate goal? "I'd like to not hate my job but be able to not worry about money," he quipped, leaving room for exploration and the possibility of change.
As graduation came and went, Vossos experienced mixed emotions, and the public recognition of his attendance record surprised many. However, he remains determined to carry his perfect attendance streak through college. With his remarkable immune system and unwavering resolve, Vossos is ready to conquer the next phase of his educational journey.