For a southwest Florida teen, getting a diploma is just part of what he's celebrating this season.
Bishop Verot High School student Connor Gregory is graduating with 14 years of perfect attendance that span back to pre-K, NBC affiliate WBBH reported.
Brenda Gregory said her son was recognized early on for perfect attendance in elementary school. By fourth grade, he saw it as a challenge and decided he wanted to keep the streak going.
His family encouraged him, even when it meant sacrificing creature comforts like family trips or the occasional sick day. Connor rarely got sick, he told WBBH
He had a close call in second grade three days after Hurricane Charley hit. The family did not have power yet, but received a call that school was still on.
"I told the kids, don't shower [and] put your clothes on. We're leaving," his fater Scott Gregory told WBBH.
Connor, a math and science whiz, is headed to Florida State University in the fall.
Asked whether he'll try to keep up that perfect record in undergrad and beyond, Connor said, "I think we'll have to see about that."
Connor has attended more than 2,500 consecutive days of school over the course of his education.