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Mom recreates girl’s front page photo 13 years later

June 9, 2019

MIAMI (AP) — When a frightened 5-year-old Ashley Noel walked into her first day of kindergarten at a Florida elementary school in 2006, a local photographer snapped a photo of her tearfully saying goodbye to her mom. The photo wound up on the front page of the Miami Herald the next day.

Thirteen years later, a confident Noel is graduating from high school and her mother decided to recreate the photo. It’s the same pose. The back of Sarah Noel’s head as she proudly embraces her 18-year-old daughter whose ribbons and braids are now replaced by a blue graduation cap and tassle.

Sarah Noel kept a copy of the paper through the years and said she was flooded with memories at graduation Thursday.

She said she wanted the photo to show her daughter that “no matter what your mom is there for you.”

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Information from: The Miami Herald, http://www.herald.com

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