MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ - When Mountainside resident Connor De Fronzo concludes a stellar scholastic academic career as a 2016 graduate of the UCVTS-Academy for Allied Health Sciences, he will do so without having missed a single day of school over the past 13 years. For his entire academic career, spanning kindergarten through the 12th grade, De Fronzo has been front and center in the classroom in completing this unique accomplishment. The perfect attendance record began in Mountainside at Beechwood School in 2005, continued at Deerfield School (2012), and remained unblemished throughout high school at the Union County – VTS(2016).
Perfect attendance is so rare that many school systems don’t track such data over a student’s entire career. However in Mountainside, students at Deerfield were given a pin at the end of every school year if they had perfect attendance. “I knew when I was very young that I never missed school because of the pins I collected at the end of the school year. Not missing school was just something I wanted to do,” DeFronzo said of his attendance record. "I never thought I would miss for any reason and my record was never at risk, but I did have to make sacrifices along the way.”
Deerfield Principal Kim Richards offered these thoughts on Connor’s record, "Connor's perfect attendance is a wonderful accomplishment and shows his sheer determination to reach his goals. I am sure it was difficult at times to push through certain days, but Connor quietly kept his string of perfect attendance going. Connor has taken the outlook that each day matters and when you put all those days together, you will be amazed at what you can accomplish over the long haul. Congratulations, Connor!"
De Fronzo took his perfect record to high school and kept his streak alive for another 4 years. It did not go unnoticed while at the Academy for Allied Health Sciences. At the UCVTS senior awards ceremony last week National Honor Society member De Fronzo was honored and received a plaque recognizing his superb achievement.
Connor will continue his education at St. Johns University (NY) enrolling in the Physician Assistant program. He is the son of Kimberly and Dr. Carl DeFronzo of Mountainside.