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Adults and young mothers move mountains just for high school diploma

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Published: May. 23, 2017 at 10:31 PM EDT
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For each person graduating at Cedar Creek Church in Toledo on Tuesday the moment meant something different. However, they all could agree they overcame multiple obstacles to get to where they are now.

Hector Ramirez Jr. talked to 13abc about getting his high school diploma. Ramirez Jr. said, "I've tried for a long time and it's something that I've always wanted to do."

He is just like other adults who have consistently put off going back to school. Finally and because of the 22 + High School Diploma Program offered through the Ohio Department of Education they can say they did it.

Lynnsetta Brown said, "it's a good feeling. . . Back in September when I first got the piece of paper I couldn't wait until May to walk across the stage."

"I had been though everything and when I found this it was like a weight off of my shoulder was lifted and I said God, I thank you. I made it and I am here today," said Donna Taylor.

On the same stage with the 22 + graduates were young mothers who also received their high school diplomas. Seven Polly Fox Academy students are now ready for the next level and beyond.

Polly Fox Academy board member Diana Patton said, "We're working on not only the moms but giving the moms parenting classes, making them believe in themselves and having them hold themselves in high esteem so that they can hold their children in high esteem."

Now, it's time to put aside the books and spend some much needed moments with their children.

Terahjia Tucker-Wiggins said, "I would just do a lot of activities with my son that we weren't able to do before when I was studying all the long hours."