Dayanna Palacios-Ruiz is a Senior at MHP-Broken Arrow and is the mother of a beautiful nine-month old daughter, Mia Alejandra. Dayanna says her daughter has changed her life in a positive way, motivating her to be the best mother she can be. In school, she has always been very competitive, and enjoys attending class and learning new things. Her teachers say she is a natural leader and is a strong advocate for herself and her daughter.
Education is very important to Dayanna. Her career goal is to become a nurse and she has already received her Nursing Assistant Certificate from Tulsa Tech. She plans to enroll at Tulsa Community College this summer to get her Associate’s degree and complete her studies at the University of Oklahoma. Being a single teen mom and a full time student is certainly a challenge, but Dayanna has learned to stay focused on her studies, while always taking time to provide care and love for her daughter.