PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The charitable arm of a Philadelphia managed care insurance company  is recognizing local high school students  for perfect attendance.

More than 40 high school students from seven partner schools in the area were  given certificates  for perfect attendance by Health Partners Foundation

Claudia Tucker-Keto (pictured, right), executive director, says, “We found in the ninth grade we have the highest percentage of drop-outs, so what the foundation wanted to do was to help to bridge that gap for students from middle school to high school and to encourage them to become partners in their education.”

Randolph Career Academy 10th grader Eunice Plaisir (pictured, left) wants to be a pediatrician. She went to school every day this year and last year.

She has advice for students who may not be as motivated: “I would tell everybody to try and go to school, because they may regret it later on if they try dropping out or whatever, because you need to go to school to get a job. So I think everybody should go to school early and do what they have to do to be what they have to be.”

This is the 11th year that the “Be There!” achiever awards were handed out.

Reported by John McDevitt, KYW Newsradio 1060

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