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High School Mom

Cre'Ana Bell has endured more than most high school students in the last few years. She has experienced the joy of the birth of her son Cedyn, now 2, the sudden loss of her sister who was murdered, and the pain of dealing with her estranged boyfriend, the father of her son.

Despite all this, Ms. Bell, 21, was among 18 graduates from Polly Fox Academy, a public charter school begun in 2003 for pregnant and parenting girls ages 13 to 22 in seventh through 12th grades.

Dressed to head to work after school, Cre'Ana Bell listens intently in Nathan Blust's government class at Polly Fox Academy.