Richberg earns perfect attendance

Tierra Richberg worked hard to earn her diploma from Williston-Elko High School, including never missing a day of school in her 12-year education career.
Richberg, the daughter of Cassandra Donaldson and Terry Richberg, earned the rare recognition while being involved in several organizations like the National Technical Honor Society and Future Business Leaders of America, plus playing five sports-softball, basketball, track, volleyball and cheerleading.
"She was determined to graduate with perfect attendance," said Donaldson, including showing up the last few days of school when many seniors stay home. "It's just a blessing."
While she doesn't like being late for things, Richberg acknowledges never missing a day of school wasn't easy. "Time management is key," said Richberg who graduated June 1 with honors and a 4.0 grade point average.
"She's set an example for other kids," said Donaldson.
WEHS Principal Dr. Brian Newsome agreed, saying Richberg's "commitment says a lot about her character" and shows other students they can balance schoolwork and other activities while never missing a day of school.
Richberg encourages other students to keep school a priority, and if possible achieve perfect attendance because it will teach responsibility and look good on their resume. "Stay determined," said Richberg who will receive a certificate and congratulatory letter from State Superintendent of Education Mick Zais.
Though her siblings-Faheem Richberg, 16, and Maia Cummings, 10-have missed some days in school, she said they are "motivated" to work hard in school.
Besides her personal determination, Richberg attributes her motivation to earn perfect attendance to her mother. "She's a positive role model and has dedicated her life to me. I love her," she said.
Richberg received a full ride on a basketball scholarship to North Greenville University where she plans to major in biology beginning this fall. When she finishes at NGU, she said she plans to attend pharmacy school.