Not missing a beat

Published 9:07 am Monday, June 21, 2010

Most people miss a day or two maybe even more while they are moving through elementary, middle and high school.

Escambia County High School graduate Michaela Norman is not like most people though.

Norman, who walked across the field at Herbert Barnes Stadium on May 28, went through her entire 13 years of school in the Escambia County school system without missing a single day.

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The ECHS Class of 2010 product said she’s never been sick a day in her life.

“I’ve never had a cold, the flu or even chicken pox,” Norman said. “I don’t even know how to blow my nose really.”

Norman’s journey through an absence-less school career began in her first year of kindergarten when she was awarded for not missing a day of school.

She said upon receiving the recognition she told her mom she wanted to always be at school.

“In kindergarten, I was in the paper and got an award for having perfect attendance,” Norman said. “I told my mom I always wanted to have that feeling, so from that point on I never missed a day of school.”

Her reason for not missing school goes beyond being recognized for her attendance.

Norman said she just loves everything about school whether it be learning, her instructors or the activities she participates in.

“I love my education,” Norman said. “I love to learn, and love to listen to and see my teachers. I like seeing them every day, and getting the knowledge I’m there for.”

She attributes some of her success to keeping a schedule and having supportive parents.

Norman said without having her parents behind her she might have missed a beat.

“I have a tight schedule to keep me busy,” Norman said. “Without my parents to be there behind me, I might have missed a beat, but with them I never did, and I’m proud of that.”

Along with never missing class, Norman never missed a beat on her extracurricular activities either.

As an ECHS cheerleader and a Lady Blue Devil softball player, she always made sure to be there for her teams.

Norman said she always wanted to be at sporting events whether she was cheering or playing.

“In softball, I just loved to be there for my team,” Norman said. “Even in the games I didn’t play in, I was there for my team to support them. With cheerleading, I just enjoyed cheering the team on, so I never missed a game.”

Now that she has graduated, Norman plans to continue her streak of not missing a beat.

In the fall, she will enroll at Stillman College in Tuscaloosa where she will be a member of the cheerleading squad.

Norman said she has already made it to a camp for cheerleading with another one coming up, and added she will not miss a game for her new team once on the campus.

“I just got back from a cheerleading camp last month, and I’ll have another one next month,” Norman said. “I’ll be cheering next year for Stillman, and I’m not going to miss a game there either.”

With at least four more years of school ahead of her and her dedication at an all-time high, it is easy to believe that Norman will make good on her word.

Escambia County High School graduate Michaela Norman never missed a day of school in 13 years. She is currently working in the front office of ECHS. | Photo by Chandler Myers