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Justin LaBatte, a senior at Amesbury High, has not missed a day of school in 13 years. Justin LaBatte, a senior at Amesbury High, has not missed a day of school in 13 years. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)
By Brian MacQuarrie
Globe Staff / April 1, 2010

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Justin LaBatte, a calm and earnest 17-year-old, has never missed a day of school. Not in kindergarten, not in elementary school, not in middle school, and not at Amesbury High School. Not even on that long ago day when he felt queasy, reported to the nurse’s office, and received a get-well helping of animal crackers. (Full article: 745 words)

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