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Two Senior Citizens Earn GEDs After 60 Years

Reported by: Send eMail Elizabeth Noreika
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Also Contributing: Tiersa Davis
Reported: Dec. 11, 2013 10:27 AM EST
Updated: Dec. 11, 2013 11:18 AM EST

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Ashland , Boyd County , Kentucky

Imagine being out of school for more than 60 years and then going back and learning it all over again. That is the challenge that two Kentucky residents faced who were up to the task.

Bob McGinnis, 87, and Willena Cheri McCormick, 72, have a reason to celebrate. They both earned their General Education Development certification at the Adult Learning Center at Ashland Community and Technical College. On Tuesday, the center held a party for the new graduates.

Both dropped out of school at different ages and for different reasons. McCormick was in the eighth grade. She tried to go back to school several times, but it never clicked for her until she started taking classes at the center.

McGinnis was in 11th grade and left Huntington East High School in 1943 to serve in the U.S. Army. He retired from CSX after 41 years on the job and felt like something was missing. He started taking adult education classes at the age of 86 and one year later, was an official high school graduate.

"It's a really good feeling," McGinnis said.

McCormick agreed.

"It meant so much to me once I started, I couldn't get enough of it," she said.

Both will walk across the stage for the official graduation ceremony in June. McGinnis hopes to further his education in college.



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