MOOREVILLE – When Cole Cochran graduates from Mooreville High School on Saturday, he will do so as the only member of his senior class with perfect attendance since kindergarten.
“I’m so proud of him for that,” said Cole’s mom, Amy Cochran. “I never dreamed that he would make it all the way through 12th-grade without missing a day of school.”
She’s lovingly kept the dozen certificates Cole has received each Awards Day since 1997, but the 13th almost didn’t happen.
“On Senior Skip Day, thank goodness he had a calculus test,” Cochran said. “Thank you, Mrs. Tally!”
Cole, meanwhile, curbs his enthusiasm for the honor.
“It isn’t a big deal to me,” the 18-year-old said, “but it is important to my mama.”
Still, “I can say I’ve got something nobody else has,” said Cole, who recognizes the long-term benefits of perfect attendance: “It’ll look good on a resume.”
After graduation, Cole will attend Itawamba Community College, then Mississippi State University, with an eye toward a career in wildlife biology.
He’ll miss high school, where he’s served on the Student Council and participated in FFA and Beta Club. Cole also played football for the Troopers – receiver and defensive back – and will carry a memorable moment with him after graduation.
“We beat our big rival Mantachie this year,” he said. “That was the only game we won.”
Staff and students likewise will remember Cole.
“He’s a great kid,” counselor Casey Holley said.
“It shows he’s dedicated to come to school,” said senior Aaron Pierce.
“I’d just as soon come to school as sit and do nothing,” Cole said. “Besides, if you miss one day in calculus, you’ve missed a lot.”
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