By KELLIANNE GAMMILL
Carrie Newman was just 16 years old when she found out she was pregnant. Though she was sick through her entire pregnancy, Newman managed to make it to class and graduate from Franklin County High School this spring.
After moving to Preston from California at the age of 15, Newman’s home life became unstable. “I was thrown from house to house like an unwanted animal,” Newman said.
Shortly after the move, Newman met a man she would soon date. They got married while she was 16 and five months later, found out she was three months pregnant.
“I didn’t know what I was going to do. We were already so poor and we washed our clothes in the bath tub, hung them on bailing twine and heated our water on the wood burning stove,” Newman said in her graduation speech. “I knew I needed to graduate, but how was I going to?”
Newman decided to go to FCHS to help her graduate. “You get done a lot faster,” Newman said.
“She was a kind of gentlewoman who was concerned about others in the school and wanted to see her do her best, in addition to other students do their best,” Franklin County High School principal Wynn Costley said.
Teen pregnancy is not uncommon at Franklin County. “We probably average one out of four of our graduating class that are parents. For them to make it to the end is a test of their perseverance, their desire to move ahead and the organization of the school,” Costley said.
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