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Boston Valedictorian Didn’t Let Pregnancy Slow Her Down

Loiselle Gonzalez Baez was determined not to let history repeat itself.

Years ago, her mother had been a promising student who, as a teenager, dropped out of school after becoming pregnant. So when Loiselle — first in her class at City on a Hill Charter School in Roxbury — became pregnant last summer, she was not going to let it destroy her dreams.

So minutes after giving birth to a son in late January, she sent a text to her school counselor.

“I have to come back to school,” she wrote. “I have to graduate on time. And I have to be valedictorian.”