Tyler Barger, 18, of Berea is graduating from Madison Southern High School Wednesday night with this distinction: he never missed a day of school in 14 years, from pre-school through 12th grade.
Tyler says it wasn't all that hard, really ... just family tradition.
"All my brothers and sisters did this before me, and I guess I didn't want to ruin the record," he said. "I didn't want to be the first one to miss a day of school."
You see, before Tyler is his brother, Drew Robinson. Drew, now 20, never missed a day of class from pre-school through 12th grade. Before Drew, Bryce Robinson, now, 21, never missed in day in 14 years.
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Before Bryce, there's Cory Robinson, now 28. He didn't miss a day in 14 years, either. Neither did Seth Robinson, now 30.
Their sister, Marissa Robinson Castellanos, now 32, didn't miss a day of school in 13 years. She didn't attend pre-school.
The oldest brother, Kris Robinson, now 33, didn't attend pre-school or kindergarten, but he still didn't miss a day in class from first grade all the way through 12th.
Add all of that up, and it comes to 95 years: a lifetime of perfect school attendance.
While proud of their accomplishment, family members tend to treat the whole thing in matter-of-fact fashion.
"Mostly, it was a matter of my mom getting me up every day to go to school," Tyler said. "She knew I had to keep my grades up and keep my education going. I just sort of felt that if you missed a day of school, you'd fall behind in your grades and homework, but if you went to school every day then you never fell behind."
There were some days when Tyler came close to missing school.
He broke his arm in first grade, and went to school in a cast.
He broke his left foot "about four times" playing sports (he played soccer and football and ran track at Madison Southern), but still didn't miss any school.
"I just got my crutches and went on to class, although I had to take the elevator sometimes," he said.
Tyler, who will be studying kinesiology and nutrition at the University of Kentucky next fall, said this year was his toughest test as far as maintaining perfect attendance. At times he had to struggle to overcome the temptation to miss a day.
"I got senioritis, just wanting to graduate and move on," he admitted.
His mom, Wendy Robinson, who has overseen all this perfect attendance, said the family record was a matter of some luck, or perhaps divine intervention.
"I will tell you that God has a sense of humor," she said. "A child would get a broken bone on a Friday and get it set. Well, you can go to school on Monday with a cast.
"My oldest ones got chicken pox during snow days, which happened to come right after Christmas break. If you knew someone had to have tonsils out, well you can do that during summer break or during Christmas break. Wisdom teeth can be taken out during Thanksgiving break."
She said she never sent any of the children to school sick.
But she said there many times over the years when one of her children would come home from school on Friday feeling poorly, only to bounce back and be ready to go to school by Monday morning.
"What can you say about things like that, they just happen," Wendy Robinson said. "We've been blessed not to have any major illnesses.
"It's not that I ever told them they had to go to school, or else. It's kind of like going to church on Sunday: It's part of what you are and what you do. They knew it was important, and they've been good students."