When William Monroe High School senior Abby Cable walked across the stage on Saturday she had a few things to celebrate: one, she earned her associates degree from Piedmont Virginia Community College the night prior and two, she never missed a single day of school in her 13-year career.
“It was hard,” she said. “Sometimes, I’d just want to stay home in my bed, but I couldn’t do that. I just got up and went to school.”
As with any young child, the habit of going to school beginning in kindergarten was facilitated by her mother, Shelly.
“As a mom, you have to get them up and get them out the door,” Shelly Cable said. “She didn’t get sick to stay home. It hit my radar around fourth grade that she hadn’t missed a single day.”
Abby Cable said she didn’t notice it until her fifth grade promotion ceremony when her school in Bedford, Penn., made a big deal about it. She moved to Greene prior to her sixth-grade year.
“Around that time there were a couple other kids who had done it,” she said. “When I went to middle school I decided why not keep going?”
She never missed an early college scholar class at PVCC either.
“School is pretty important to me. I think being educated is important. I don’t necessarily agree with the way schools do things, but knowing information and being able to apply it to your life is important,” Abby Cable said. “It helps you be a more informed citizen. It helps you live a better life, take care of other people take care of the world around you.”
While she’s a hard worker, Abby Cable does enjoy being involved in theater and watching Netflix.
“I would say go to school as many days as you can. If you can do every day do every day because as nice it would be to keep lying in your bed, or just have a break from school, it’s doable to keep going. Plus, you’re going to feel really proud of yourself. Plus, the bragging rights,” Abby Cable said.
“I’m super proud of her,” Shelly Cable said. “When she decides she wants to do something, she’s very determined. She doesn’t need someone to praise her for it. I’m glad the school recognized her last week at the capping ceremony. She didn’t need it. I felt like she deserved it so I was very glad they did it.”
Shelly Cable noted that not everyone should go to school every day, especially when they’re sick.
“Every kid’s different; every family’s different,” she said. “But it’s an example and can help instill the fact that you show up. I don’t have a worry that she will bail on any of the roles she takes on in life. She’s going to show up. She learns really quickly and that’s a blessing but knowing she has the character she has that’s worth more to me. I think it’s really great when someone is gifted with athletic achievement or learns really well, but give me a good person any day. And that’s what Abby is.”
Abby Cable said she liked the area and enjoyed her time in Greene County schools.
“I’m going to miss a lot of my teachers, especially Mr. Berry—he’s such a good teacher,” she said. Berry taught her in criminal justice and political science.
Abby Cable is headed to George Mason this fall with a major in English and a concentration in education.
“I am excited to graduate,” Abby Cable said three days prior to graduation. “I already have that discipline to go to school every day. I’m looking forward to a nice break before going to college but I promise I’m going to go to class every day.”