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Graduation 2008

Two Springstead High seniors were present every minute, every day

Thomas Glunt, left, and Joseph Cady have perfect attendance dating years before high school. They’ve also reaped academic honors.

RON THOMPSON | Times

Thomas Glunt, left, and Joseph Cady have perfect attendance dating years before high school. They’ve also reaped academic honors.

SPRING HILL — To look at them, Joseph Cady and Thomas Glunt are about as different as two high schoolers can be.

Cady, bespectacled and precise, contemplates a business career. Glunt sports a beard and Hawaiian shirt, and hopes one day to design the computer games he loves.

But when the two Springstead High seniors march across the stage tonight for their diplomas, they'll share one considerable accomplishment: perfect attendance.

Over four years, while rain or sniffles laid their peers low, they got themselves to school. No senior slump for them. Even senior skip day didn't tempt them.

"Some people said, 'Why are you here still?' " said Glunt, who plans to attend Florida Gulf Coast University. "I considered it like a job. It's just something you're supposed to do."

"I just basically kept on going," said Cady, on his way to Saint Leo University.

And it didn't just start in high school. Glunt has been showing up without fail since sixth grade, and Cady's streak extends unbroken back to third.

Not surprising, both have been regulars on the honor roll and have earned their share of outside recognition. Cady made the National Honor Roll, and Glunt was tapped for the National Society of High School Scholars.

How did they acquire such persistence?

"Not from my husband and me," marveled Cady's mother, Sheila. "We always found a way to get out of it.

"I have all of his attendance books and everything," she added. "Even senior skip day he went. He said, 'It's only a few hours, what's the big deal?' ''

He'll learn. In a world of quick rewards and short attention spans, loyalty to the daily grind means something.

At a recent awards ceremony, there were plenty of warm words and applause for the high achievers. But when it came time to recognize perfect attendance, the audience responded with its highest award: a standing ovation.

Tom Marshall can be reached at tmarshall@sptimes.com or (352) 848-1431.

Leaders of the class

Valedictorian

Camille McAvoy

Parents: Carol McAvoy

GPA: 4.61

College: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass.

Field of study: Biological, medical and mechanical engineering

Salutatorian

Matthew Hardcastle

Parents: Larry and Zarena Hardcastle

GPA: 4.55

College: University of Central Florida, Orlando

Field of study: Major in biology with a minor in documentary film production

>>If you go

Graduation to

be held tonight

Springstead High School graduation begins at 7:30 tonight at the school, 3300 Mariner Boulevard, Spring Hill.

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Christopher Allison

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Anthony Annibali

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Remy Arroyo

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Dominick Aurelio

Jennifer Azzariti

Ashley Badiukiewicz

Thomas Baer

Courtney Bardi

Andrea Barnes-Rosa

Ian Barnum

Erik Barreto

Erika Barreto

Christie Baumann

Bradley Bazile

Kyle Beckman

Maria Belmont

Brandon Berros

Kendal Besteman

Michael Beynon

Nicole Bice

Steven Bliss

Joel Blizzard

Amanda Bloomer

Samantha Boggs

Charles Booth

Christopher Borkowski

Jack Bouman

Brittany Bradtmuller

Samantha Brannon

Johnathan Brinker

Tiffini Bronson

Warren Buccholz

Victoria Buckner

Melitta Buonaguro

Victoria Burgess

Coree Buss

Carrie Cabrera

Richard Cadwalader

Joseph Cady

Matthew Callari

Jessica Calvo

Nicole Campo

Amy Cannova

Brandon Capehart

Steven Caphart

Alexander Carlson

Brittani Carlson

George Casale

Brittney Castillo

Christopher Cavallucci

Mallory Chiavacci

Ryan Christensen

Heather Claffey

Anthony Clark

Brittany Clark

Pamela Cohen

Nicholas Colao

FrankJoseph Colombino

Hector Colon

Emiline Combs

Elizabeth Conway

Calvin Cook

Matthew Corea

Bryan Costa

Justina Costa

Michael Costanza

John Cotilletta

Daniel Cougill

Samantha Cox

Scott Cox

Rachel Cronenwett

Jessica Curatola

Ashley DaCosta

Nicole D'Acunto

Salvatore D'Acunto

Patrick D'Amico

Julieann Daggett

Matthew Dagostino

Keisha Davila

Theresa DeCroix

Jennifer DeFrancesco

Nataly DeLeon

Luis Delgado

Gregory Dellea

Kristin Demos

Anthony DeRenzi

Jordan Devine

Briana Dicenzo

Ashley Diesing

Donna DiGrigoli

Desiree DiPiano

Cassandra Domenech

Brittany Duke

Thomas Dwyer

Richelle Dyer

Clinton Eagle

Christopher Eberly

Andrew Echanique

Bethany Ewing

Shane Farnell

Stephanie Feola

Theodore Ferguson

Hanin Fernandez

Taylor Ferreira

Robert Feullebois

Andrew Fiel

Doug Finnerty

Keenan Fisher

Amanda Fitzgerald

Breanne Flammia

Rachael Flynn

Sarah Fogg

McKenzie Freeman

Christelis Frias

Lanie Funaro

James Gaiser

Matthew GaNun

Lianny Garcia-Justiniano

Laura George

Thomas Glunt

Brianne Gonyca

Barbara Gonzalez

Susan Gonzalez

Ashley Gordon

Tiffany Gosine

Christopher Griswold

Nicholas Guido

Devin Hall

Matthew Hardcastle

Michael Hardcastle

Kimberly Harvey

Kristi Heibeck

Rachael Helfrick

Athena Hernandez

Corey Hess

Adam Hickey

Jaclyn Holtje

Robert Hopkins

Skylar Huff

Brittany Inglese

Ian Irwin

Charles Jackson

Mitchell Jacobs

Shauna James

Matthew Jarrett

Steven Jensen

Sarah Johns

Karen Jones

Danielle Justiniana

Kaitlyn Kamin

Robert Keene

Shannon Keller

Mercedes Keniley

Victoria Kennedy

Michael Kivlin

Amelia Kling

Jennifer Knoer

Brittany Kowal

Matthew Kreischer

Adam Kristofik

Kayla Kruft

Evelina Krzanowska

Jaclyn Kundrat

Carla Lackie

Matthew Lacy

Lisa LaDuca

Zoila Lahera

Naobi Lantigua

Rosann Lariosa

Christine LaRosa

Nikki Latimer

Mbacke Leye

Russell Lightbody

Zachary Lightfield

Thomas Lind

Jeremy Lindlau

Christopher Linton

Amber Lopez

Christopher Louis-Jean

Alnoris Lugo

Kristen Luppino

Zachery Magrini

Allison Maldonado

Keanna Maner

Stephanie Manrique

Vincent Manza

Bobby Martin

Christina Martin

Mary Martin

Eddrin Martinez Jr.

Gabriel Martinez

Vincent Mascitelli

Nehemiah Mason

Camille McAvoy

Paul McCain

Linda McCarthy

Jordan McElravy

Michael McGrath

Brooke McGuffey

Colton McKinley

Taylor McKinney

Alayssian McLean

Tara McMahon

Gracemarie Medina

Jessica Miller

Denesia Mobley

Jonathan Montalvo

Joshua Moore

Rachel Moore

Peter Morchy

Christina Morolla

Brittany Morrisey

Steven Muller

Michael Musser

Brianna Nascimento

Stephen Nelson

Bryan Nicolini

Jherika Niedzwiecki

Angelica Nielson

Jasmine Nieves

Michael Nigro

Elizabeth Nunez

Susana Ocana

Brian Orlando

Ashley Osborne

Donald Palmieri

Jaclyn Pappas

Steven Pasquince

Akshar Patel

Shirley Pena

Cory Penven

Moses Peraza

Katie Pfister

Sherman Phillips

James Podvin

Erika Portocarrero

Rebecca Powell

Kenneth Prugh

Juan Quinones

Nathan Railey

Carlos Ramirez

Jessica Ravenelle

Kylie Rhodes

Steven Rice

Erick Ricourt

Melissa Rios

Nicole Rioseco

Steven Rivera

Taryn Roberts

Gerard Robillard

Erin Robinson

Elizabeth Rodgers

Angelica Rodriguez

Elizabeth Rodriguez

Jorge Roldan

Felix Roman-Hernandez

Samantha Roman

Amy Rosenzweig

Jaclyn Ryan

Leanna Sabatino

Andrew Sales

Dante Salvati

Jonathan Santana

Joseph Santiago

Autumn Santoro

Ashlee Schmidt

Mary Schuetter

William Schuyler Jr.

Brittney Seaman

Brandon Sehl

Phillip Sergio

Jacklyn Sharpe

Rebecca Singh

David Sklepko

Rodolfo Sano-Lopez

Kelly Souza

Andrew Spalding

Anastasia Spirou

Cara Stagliano

Shawn Stallard

Jameson Stanton

Christina Steele

Micaela Stein

Vincent Stellato

Jennifer Sternal

Patrick Sullivan

Schuyler Swanton

Matthew Szaro

Brittany Szinn

Stephanie Tatum

Justin Tellekamp

Brittany Teter

David DTheilen

Alyssa Thibodeaux

Joseph Thogode

Keith Thompson

Melvin Torres

Adam Tran

Amber Ulatowski

Joseph Ulto

Angelu Valencia

Angelo Varvaro

Jamie Vitale

Joshua Vyborny

Alyson Wagoner

Allison Warburg

Elise Webb

Jessica Wenzlaff

Whitley Westt

Jesse Whalen

Megan Whaley

Alysha White

Jonathan White

Courtney Whiten

Matthew Wilcox

Ashley Williams

Chad Williams

Tiffany Williams

Jacob Wilson

Stephen Wilson

Megan Wright

Samantha Yeargin

Jin Xi Zheng

Paul Zuniga

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