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Gov. Abbott honors lola student

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IOLA – An Iola fifthgrade student, Noah Montoya, has put together a streak even former Major League Baseball player, Carl Ripken Jr., could appreciate.

Noah began attending Iola Elementary School in kindergarten at age 6. Since then, he hasn’t missed a day of school. Over 6 years, and more than 1,000 days, the perfect attendance streak remains in-tact.

“It just became a competition with myself to see how long I could go,” said Noah of the streak. He said there were days when waking up were tough, “You just have to make yourself get out of bed and start getting ready. But you have to get out of bed first!”

After hearing about his accomplishment, Noah received special recognition from Texas Governor Greg Abbott. “As Governor of Texas, I am honored to congratulate you on your perfect school attendance from kindergarten through the fifth grade.”

The letter continued, “You have certainly demonstrated your commitment to excellence, exemplifying the best of the Lone Star State. At this time I encourage you to continue working hard at your education and to always follow your dreams. You are part of your next generation of leaders who will ensure a better and brighter future for the Lone Star State.”

Montoya’s father, Tony Montoya, said they raise their son with a few simple concepts: All things are possible through Christ, the smartest guy in the room isn’t always right, the loudest isn’t always heard, the richest guy rarely has the most money, and to be a giver not a taker. “I try very hard to be the best father I can be for him, not his best friend,” Tony said.