Edwin Prior, a North Yorkshire student, won the polite praise of his headteacher last week after making it through 14 years of school without a single day off.
But in the United States, the stakes are higher. Andria Baker, a 19-year-old Michigan high school graduate, has just won a car for achieving the same feat. Not just any old car, but a new Pontiac G6 worth pound;11,000 with a personalised number plate reading "0 DAYS."
From kindergarten through to the last day of high school, Andria never pulled a sickie, never bunked classes, and never bowed to colds and sports injuries. Throughout, she had her father's promise that he would give her a car if she made it through 13 years of school without missing a day.
Her father said the money was well spent. Yet Andria insists she would not have skipped class, regardless. "A lot of my friends thought I was crazy, but I just kept going," she said.
Edwin Prior, 18, head boy at Crossley Heath Grammar in Halifax, would understand. He says his unblemished attendance record was nothing to do with any incentives, but simply down to good luck, good genes - and the fear of falling behind in class.