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YOUNG PARENTS SCHOOL: `WE HAVE OVERCOME A HOST OF CHALLENGES AND . . . PROBLEMS’

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"Nothing is going to stop us now," was the theme of graduation exercises at the Davis Young Parents School held Thursday night at the Davis School District Auditorium.

A total of 23 young parents, all of them women, were awarded high school diplomas. Five of them have been awarded scholarships to colleges and vocational schools and all the graduates indicated they wanted to continue their educations.Cinnamon Poole, Clinton, told the graduates she felt the Young Parents School in Kaysville had been a special experience in her life and she thanked the teachers and other students for their help and support in gaining her diploma.

"Tonight is a special time for us all, but we need to remember all of those who helped us graduate from high school, including our grade school, junior high school and high school teachers.

"But especially, I want to thank my parents for all their love and support - and all their tears."

She urged the graduates to keep on learning and to go to college or vocational school. "Just because we have babies doesn't mean we should stop going to school. Having a family should not keep any of us from being as successful as we want to be."

Nicole Petroff Chase, Layton, told the graduates she was proud of them and their accomplishments. "We have all worked hard to get good grades so we could graduate. We have overcome a host of challenges and solved more problems than most of us care to think of to get where we are today."

She said she has enjoyed the Young Parents School and appreciates the friends she has made among the teachers and students there. "I hope we can all keep our friendships and never lose track of one another.

"I urge you all to keep on learning and continue your education. Keep your goals in sight and never let go of your ideals and your dreams," she said.

Jodi Page Murray, Kaysville, told the graduates how much she loved them and appreciated the struggle all of them had made to graduate.

"I know how difficult it is to get up in the morning and go to school when you have a baby."