Mt. Hope High School commencement is Saturday, and it’s safe to say graduating senior Carrington Henley will be there.
The Warren resident, 18, received an award Thursday night for being the only graduate to have perfect attendance throughout his entire school career. That’s 2,340 days, including Kindergarten.
“Oh, he’ll be there,” his mother, Cindy Oliver-Henley, joked. “He’s gotten a lot of teasing about that.”
At Friday night’s senior awards ceremony at Roger Williams University, Mt. Hope principal Don Rebello said Carrington is only the second student he’s ever seen with perfect attendance, and he’s been in the business 20-plus years. Maintaining a perfect record was tough work, but Carrington’s mom said her son always had it in him.
“The back story on this is awesome,” she said. “I will never forget this. He was four years old. So one day he and I were sitting and watching Oprah Winfrey, and Oprah mentioned having three siblings that had never missed a day. He was so impressed with that, and he said, ‘I’m going to do that!'”
“At this age you say, ‘Yeah, sure,’ but he saw it through. He has always stood behind what he said.”
Carrington, who recently earned his Eagle Scout badge by cleaning thousands of cigarette butts along Burr’s Hill and much of Water Street, won’t take the traditional college route after graduation. Instead, he’s been accepted into the United State’s Navy’s prestigious nuclear engineering program, and will head directly to the Navy in Charleston, S.C., in January.