Stuart Johnson, Deseret News
Trevor Tippetts was honored at graduation ceremonies for his perfect attendance record. He also has a 3.87 GPA and plans to major in chemistry at BYU.

PROVO — Provo High School senior Trevor Tippetts has never seen the entire movie "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," in which a teen pretends to be sick and plays hooky for the day.

And that could be one of many reasons why Trevor has had perfect attendance since kindergarten.

"I just never get sick on a school day. I get sick on weekends and holidays," he said.

Trevor, 18, of Provo, was honored at Provo High's graduation ceremony Thursday evening by leading the Pledge of Allegiance.

During the past month Trevor did have a bad case of senioritis — when students get restless close to graduation and don't feel like studying. He said it was really hard to keep up with his perfect attendance record, especially after his advanced placement tests were done.

The teen has a 3.87 grade point average. Some of his classes included AP chemistry, AP biology and honors physiology.

His friends have teased him sometimes about his goal. But Trevor's parents have really encouraged him to see it through.

That's because the Tippetts family is grounded in education.

Trevor's father, Floyd, has taught health for a short time and also coached sports. The father had perfect attendance through his school years as well. "Perfect attendance is a great goal," Floyd said.

Trevor's mother, Holly, has taught at Dixon Middle School in Provo for 20 years. She currently instructs science and ballroom dance at Dixon. Both her parents were teachers as well.

"School is really important to us," Holly said.

The family doesn't pull their kids out of school for vacations during the school year, Floyd added.

What is the secret to Trevor's success of staying healthy and never missing a day of school? He says it's not herbal supplements. He simply eats right, gets good sleep and exercises. He has been on the school's cross country and track team. When he is in training, he runs 30 to 70 miles each week.

Trevor has big postgraduation plans. He is headed to New York City for a business trip with his dad. Then he is taking three classes during Brigham Young University's summer term: New Testament, psychology and mission preparation. After that, he is headed to California to hang out with his cousins — do a little skydiving and surfing in San Jose.

At the end of the summer, Trevor is going on a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. When he returns and enrolls at BYU full-time, he plans to major in chemistry. He eventually wants to go to medical or dental school. If he opts for dental school, he wants to be an endodontist — a dentist who specializes in root canals.


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