Nashua teen has never missed school

When students at the Academy of Notre Dame receive their diplomas today at the school’s annual graduation ceremonies, it’s the safest of bets that Nashua resident Tatiana Bazzani will be there.

It’ll cap – if you’ll pardon the expression – 12 years of schooling in which the 18-year-old never missed a single day – and she’s not about to start now.

Bazzan will walk off with her diploma having attended 2,160 of 2,160 days of class.

Through icy New England winters and the occasional cold, Bazzani arrived every day without fail, something she said just kind of happened.

"It wasn’t really planned. We didn’t go into it like this was going to be a thing," she said. "Once we realized I hadn’t missed anything for years, we figured we would just keep it going. Eventually, it just became a thing that I had to do because I had come so far without missing a single day."

According to Bazzani, the weather was always the biggest challenge, New England being New England. Sometimes school didn’t get canceled despite heavy snow, so she had to trudge through the conditions one way or the other.

"Weather was the hardest part," she said. "We live in New England, there are icy roads and lots of snow, so excluding snow days, we still went no matter what. I’m also pretty blessed to have a good immune system. I was never sick enough that I couldn’t make it in to school."

Bazzani said that she nearly missed one day a few years ago, when a friend’s neighbor barricaded himself into his home in Pelham, requiring a response from the SWAT team. She said police ordered vehicles off the road and told residents to stay in their homes for hours. Eventually, she and her father put on winter clothing and marched across a nearby frozen pond to a waiting pickup truck.

"I wasn’t even late that day," she said. "It was definitely hard, but my number one priority was to get to school. I didn’t want to miss out on anything important, so we still went. We woke up at 5 in the morning, put on our snow pants and winter jackets and walked across the pond."

Bazzani’s mother, Lisa Bazzani, said that her daughter’s record of attendance speaks volumes about her character.

"I think it says a lot about her," she said. "To go out and cross an icy pond to get to school shows a level of dedication."

Tatiana Bazzani will attend Emmanuel College in Boston this coming fall, where she expects to study neuroscience in hopes of eventually becoming a chiropractor.

The Academy of Notre Dame will hold its commencement ceremony at 11 a.m. Sunday.

Matthew Medsger can be reached at 594-6531, mmedsger@nashuatelegraph.com or @Telegraph_MattM.