Watch Ellen DeGeneres Epically Surprise Viral Student Whose Perfect Attendance Pencil Was Stolen

After 7-year-old Taylor James had her perfect attendance pencil stolen from her classmate, Ellen DeGeneres invited her on her show to make things right

By Elyse Dupre Feb 12, 2020 5:03 PMTags
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Ellen DeGeneres deserves an A+ for this surprise.

After 7-year-old Taylor James went viral for calling out the classmate who stole her perfect attendance pencil, the 62-year-old host invited the second-grade student on her show to make things right.

For those who missed the pencil plunder, here's what happened: Taylor had put the prized possession in her school's sharpening box. But when she went to retrieve it the next morning, it was gone. Taylor accused her classmate Lizzie of committing the crime. Even though she confronted her fellow student about it and made it clear Lizzie didn't earn it, Lizzie never gave it back. 

"I earned the pencil, and I really liked that pencil," Taylor explained on Wednesday's episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show. "It was, like, pink and then it had a pink eraser. It was really big because I never used the eraser. It had rainbows and it said 'attendance award.'"

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Luckily, Taylor's friend, Autumn, found it and returned it to her.

Still, Ellen wanted to give Taylor something special. First, she handed the pupil an excused absence letter explaining her show appearance—so she could still get perfect attendance. Then, she gave her an array of school supplies to share with her entire class.

But that's not all. Taylor also received a giant perfect attendance pencil with her name on it. It was even taller than the young lady. Ellen also gave her a $10,000 scholarship from Shutterfly so Taylor could continue to study her favorite subject—science.

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Watch the video to see the sweet moment.