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What will become of Genesis?

Moonfaced, 17 and, right now, teary, Genesis Diaz is the student body president of Ramona High. In her right hand she clutches a diploma. In her arms she holds a baby — her baby — mop-topped Amanda, 18 months. No one bats an eye.

Ramona High, you see, is as unusual a public school as exists in Los Angeles. For over five decades, it has been an all-girls school. It caters exclusively to dropouts, stragglers and struggling teenage moms.

Read Kurt Streeter’s column


  1. July 20, 2011, 10:48 am

    i love you genesis:) im so proud of you i wish the best for you and amanda keep in touch love i know you can do anything you set your mind to. you will succeed in life


    By: ambamer
  2. July 20, 2011, 7:18 pm

    Hi genesis and congratulations on reaching this goal in your life! As a former ramona rose, I too struggled with my kids, but then I found ramona, a school that had a an ugly cover but a beautiful story inside. I am very proud of you and very proud of being part of ramona! We all have made mistakes in life, but at ramona nobody points fingers they actually extend all five fingers to give you an open hand! To help! I didn’t want to leave ramona because I was loved there! I made friends and mentors! They taught me to be a better mother, they pushed me to be a better person and I found myself and the best part…. my teachers were always there! I am glad u are another chapter of this beautiful story, a story of love freedom, motivation and eagerness to be

    successful! A congratulate you on you education path! On ur beautiful daughter and bless you with all my heart to be whoever you want to be in life! And when you complete your goals , don’t forget to come back to ramona and thank your teacher for planting that seed that turned into a beautiful rose!

    By: linda sabori
  3. July 22, 2011, 12:41 pm

    Dear Genesis I’m surprise when I look at my little nikki in the news paper that when I started to read the article of the struggle you are going in school and in your life that tear started to come and immediately makes you think how important it the support of the family that the only thing I can say to you it thank you for giving us the opportunity to know you the way you are.

    By: roxanne guinea

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