When the fourth period bell rang on a recent school day, Magali Ladisiao — known as Maggie by most — didn't grab lunch with friends in the quad or gossip in the halls between classes.
Instead, the 17-year-old Laguna Beach High School student hurried home to the two-bedroom apartment she shares with her family in Club Laguna to take care of her 1-year-old daughter Arianna.
On Thursday, despite raising a baby and holding down two jobs, Ladisiao participated in a momentous teenage rite of passage — graduation.
"I made bad decisions. I wasn't a bad kid," she said. "Everything happens for a reason. I couldn't just give up."
In September 2010, Maggie found out she was pregnant after a friend suggested Maggie come with her to the community clinic to get birth control pills. While at the clinic, they asked to run a pregnancy test. It came back positive, even though two at-home pregnancy tests had come back negative.