Students Overcome Challenges To Graduate

Posted: May 19, 2013 at 5 a.m.

Leslie Silva, 18, laughs as she carries her son, Noah Mauricio, 18 months, outside her home in Springdale. Silva was 16 when Noah was born and went through many challenges, but is getting As and Bs and ready to graduate from Har-Ber High School and hopes to attend the University of the Arkansas.

Leslie Silva thought she was sick. Instead, she said, she was 15 and pregnant.

At A Glance

Arkansas’ Youth

Adolescent Pregnancies in Arkansas (2010)

• Younger than 15: 76

• 15-17: 1,435

• 18-19: 3,794

Drug Use Among Arkansas High School Students (2011)

• Marijuana: 33 percent

• Cocaine: 2 percent

• Inhalants: 13 percent

Source: www.hhs.gov

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