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Judy Stahl Forney’s college journey to a successful career

“Success travels in the company of very hard work. There is no trick, no easy way.” — John Wooden

MOUNT VERNON — Thousands of graduates this month will hear rookie speakers describe the road to success, a road that will bring challenges and setbacks but offer potential reward.

Judy Stahl Forney walked this road, overcoming obstacles on a journey that began 25 years after high school. Its story inspires this season of caps and dresses.

Ultimately, she would succeed on her own determination. But something she overheard her father say to a neighbor when she was a young girl helped her enroll in college three decades later while juggling the roles of a full-time working single mother. weather.

Forney, now treasurer of the Knox Educational Service Center in Mount Vernon, is a familiar face in Knox and Richland counties where she is known simply as “Judy.”

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