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Perfect attendance offers teen an opportunity to visit family

By Shannon Ballard 4:11 PM January 18, 2014

One hardworking Anchorage high school student gets a big reward for having perfect attendance

ANCHORAGE – A coalition of the Anchorage School District and local businesses rewards a student dedicated to attending to school.

Jastine Delacuadra was surprised Friday with 25,000 Alaska Airline miles for having perfect attendance.

The reward means more to Delacuadra that most other students in his algebra class, he said.

“I’m going to save it up and go to the Philippines,” Delacuadra said, a freshman at West Anchorage High School.

The Philippines is where he lived seven years ago, he said. It’s also been that long since he’s seen is mother and sisters, who still live there.

“I’m saving up money,” he said. ” I’m just helping my dad work and he gives me part of his paycheck.”

Delacuadra hopes to make the trip this summer.

West Anchorage High is one of the most diverse schools in the country and many students share stories similar to Delacuadra’s; separated from their families, said Rick Stone, principal.

“We reward kids for good behavior,” Stone said. ” He’s worked hard, come to school every day, he’s done his job. And his job is to come to school every day. He’s doing that and what a nice way to reward him.”

With incentives for perfect attendance, ASD said absences are down three percent. They said only a handful of students won’t miss a day of school all year.

Delacuadra said he plans to be one of them, hoping perhaps to get another ticket home.

KTVA 11′s parent company, GCI, is an active partner in ASD’s school-business incentive program.

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