As you are probably aware, all Seattle seniors have to complete a year-long senior project as one of SPS' graduation requirements. One young woman in Toppenish took a decided risk and went for broke on hers - she pretended to be pregnant for 6 months.
Right there, makes you think, right?
Gaby Rodriguez is a 17 year-old honors student at Toppenish High School. She told her mother, her boyfriend and her principal but didn't tell teachers and other students, 6 of her 7 sibs nor her boyfriend's parents about her social experiment. She revealed the secret in an all-school assembly.
From the story in the Seattle Times:
The topic of her presentation: "Stereotypes, rumors and statistics."
"Teenagers tend to live in the shadows of these elements," she says.
Before removing her fake belly in front of the entire student body, she told her audience: "Many things were said about me. Many ... traveled all the way back to me."
Then, she asked several students and teachers to read statements from 3x5 cards, quotes people actually said about her in the past months.
So she lied but it was an social experiment that required her to basically give up a regular senior year for it. She had to learn things about herself and about how people were reacting to her new "condition."
It's worked out for her.
At least one college recruiter called the Herald-Republic in an effort to speak with Rodriguez. So did a local business owner who was so impressed with her story that she wanted to offer her a scholarship.
Greene (her principal) said he was caught off-guard by the reaction, but added that it likely will lead to an overall positive experience for Rodriguez, who has a grade-point average of 3.8.
I had to wonder about some of the comments from the Times' article complaining that she tricked her boyfriend's parents into believing they would have a grandson. I'd think most parents would be thrilled that their son wasn't becoming a father at 20.
When I was growing up, we wouldn't have had a pregnant girl at school, sad to say.