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Teen father Devin Davis uses senior project to raise awareness

Devin Davis, a senior at Ticonderoga Central School, with his son, Brayden, who was born June 19, 2012, at the end of Davis’ sophomore year at school. Davis is now using his experience to teach others about the consequences of teenage pregnancy.

Devin Davis, a senior at Ticonderoga Central School, with his son, Brayden, who was born June 19, 2012, at the end of Davis’ sophomore year at school. Davis is now using his experience to teach others about the consequences of teenage pregnancy.

— High school senior Devin Davis spends his days from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. focused on the same things his peers are.

Once the final school bells rings, Davis’ worries shift from that of average teenage high school student to those of a teenage father.

“I’ve learned how to go into parent mode,” Davis said. “At school, I focus on what I am doing there and when I am home, I completely shift gears.”

Davis has been able to continue to excel in school while dealing with the challenges of being a teenage parent, which led him to decide on what he would do for his senior school project, which is required for each graduate at Ticonderoga Central School.

“I want others to know what I go through,” Davis said. “There have been so many pregnancies this past year that have also been a motivator for this project. I want kids to know that it goes way beyond getting up every two hours to take care of your child. That is the easy part.”

What Davis has gone through started when he was 16, when he and his girlfriend found out she was pregnant.

“We were in denial at first,” he said. “We had our suspicions early on until one night when we were lying down and we saw her stomach roll over.”

Davis said the next step was to cope with the situation themselves.

“We hid it for six months before we told our parents or anyone else,” he said. “We were afraid, we didn’t feel it was real at first. We never thought this could happen to us. My girlfriend would go to school wearing baggy clothes. During chorus, she would faint from standing on the risers too long. Everyone would ask us if she was pregnant, and we would just keep denying it because we were still trying to cope ourselves.”

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