Last week, Bristol Palin was just one of millions of students across these United States to graduate from high school and begin the rest of her life.
But her pretty face was nowhere to be seen on the overhead screen as images from her high-school senior slideshow – photos from the prom and a Class of 2009 portrait set against the Alaska snow – played during Wasilla High's commencement.
Did it make her sad to have missed out on the senior-year fun – and to spend graduation night quietly at home, giving 5-month-old son Tripp a bottle?
Bristol, the eldest daughter of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, answers somewhat impatiently, like any multitasking mom: "I have other things to worry about."
In just the past nine months, Bristol Palin has weathered her mom's bid for the Vice Presidency, a failed engagement to baby daddy Levi Johnston, and a pregnancy that made her both a mother at 18 and a poster child for teen sexuality.
She is uncertain where she will go to college, but high school grad Bristol Palin says her future will definitely include advocating for teen pregnancy prevention.
"Girls need to imagine and picture their life with a screaming newborn baby and then think before they have sex," she says. "Think about the consequences."
"If girls realized the consequences of sex, nobody would be having sex," adds Bristol Palin, sitting at her parents' lakeside patio table. "Trust me. Nobody."
What is this, 1965? People realize the consequences of having sex ... she probably meant to throw "unprotected" in there, we're guessing. The irony here is that the new abstinence advocate makes a far better argument for sex education.
As for her breakup with Levi Johnston, 19, with whom she's still trying to resolve child support and visitation issues, she believes it was for the best.
"I'm thankful we didn't get married because if it wasn't going to work now, it wasn't going to work in five years," the 18-year-old solemnly says.
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