Class night at Leland & Gray high school in Brattleboro honored Brian Urato, graduate of the class of 2010, for not missing a day of school in 12 years. The acknowledgement was reminiscent of the same honor that went to his sister, Rachel, in 2007. The family tradition began when Rachel overheard her parents discussing a newspaper article about a valedictorian who had perfect attendance throughout her school years. “We never imagined Rachel was listening,” said Jake Urato, Rachel’s father. That is until the first time she refused to stay home because she wasn’t feeling well. “I won’t get the award,” Rachel told her dad. Luckily both siblings can attribute their attendance record to great health. Sports played an important role in helping to keep them healthy and provided the incentive to come to school to practice – Rachel as captain of her softball team, and Brian as head of the cross-country team. Brian said the feat was no big deal – he just never got sick, at least on school time. Neither did Rachel.
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