LONG BEACH - The principal of Tincher Preparatory had never seen a student achieve perfect attendance throughout an academic career.
Now he has.
And to hardworking eighth-grader Bradley Matheus, the feat is no big deal.
"My dad hates people who are always late to things," the 13-year-old said. "That mentality kind of rubbed off on me. I'm pretty punctual."
According to Matheus, that means he's on time for his many extracurricular activities such as Boy Scouts, fencing and helping to set up the school's carnival.
He's even known to voluntarily feed the Long Beach school's pet fish and clean the aquarium tanks.
"He's just been a delightful student to have," said William Vogel, the school's principal. "His parents have done a wonderful job with him."
When asked if he was ever close to missing a day, Matheus recalled just two instances: once when he was in first grade and another this past spring break.
"I just don't get sick that often," he said. "I got lucky, I guess."
When he's not studying, Matheus watches programs on the Discovery and Sci-Fi channels. He also builds robots that draw and go through mazes, and air cannons that shoot tennis balls, water balloons and potatoes.
"He's one of those kids that doesn't let anything get in his way," said Vogel, a 19-year education veteran, describing Matheus. "He has a very scientific and mathematical mind."
Eventually the straight-A
student wants to work in the field of military robotics, making surveillance and other type of machines.
"He's very interested in (robotics), and that's why he's so excited to be going to CAMS (California Academy of Math and Science) next year and joining their robotics team," said Jamie Matheus, his mother and a kindergarten teacher for Tincher Preparatory.
CAMS, located on the campus of Cal State Dominguez Hills, is a highly competitive high school that admits just 167 freshmen per year. It also has a major robotics program.
"Ever since he was in third grade he read an article about CAMS and decided that was the school for him," said Jamie Matheus about her son. "So he's really worked hard to get in."
Vogel said he believes Matheus' academic success can partly be attributed to never missing a day of school.
"I think if kids came to school all the time a lot of the kids who do have difficulty at school would be doing so much better," he said.
Ink Blot Mazes is a really cool resource for mazes.
Many of the mazes are of celebrities or of some famous piece of artwork. Others are just plain famous pictures from the press or media.
This is a maze of monkeys jumping off roof tops. It took something like 20 hour to draw this one, and it probably can be solved in about 1-4 minutes. Totally worth it :)
Team of Monkeys
Handheld Games is bringing 1984 classic Marble Madness to the iPhone, in association with Midway.
True to the original, it’ll feature six levels of mazes that you have to navigate through to find the exit within a time limit. Aside from the standard oldie mode, there will also be a handful of new modes on offer, plus the option to use revamped visuals.
The new modes are based on various different types of race, including ‘Targets’ and ‘Flag’, where you have to roll over targets and weave between flags respectively. We don’t have any screenshots to show you at the moment, but we’ll be sure to update you as soon as any additional information shows up.
Handheld games was responsible for the iPhone sports game TouchSports Tennis ’09, and is working on a handful of other games due for release in the coming months including the shooter Lock ‘n Load.